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Trump Denies Asking Ex-FBI Director Comey to Drop Flynn Inquiry

Trump Denies Asking Ex-FBI Director Comey to Drop Flynn Inquiry

"The disclosure of highly classified information has the potential to jeopardize sources and to discourage our allies from sharing future information vital to our security", Sen.

As for Comey, the FBI director wrote in a memo after a February meeting at the White House that the new president had asked him to shut down the FBI's investigation of Flynn and his Russian contacts, said a person who claimed to have read the memo.

Ryan's comments after a closed-door meeting of House Republicans came as lawmakers grappled with a series of damaging developments out of the White House over the past week.

The Senate intelligence committee on Wednesday asked Comey to appear before the panel in both open and closed sessions. "According to one of those memos, first reported by The New York Times on Tuesday, the president urged Comey to drop the FBI's investigation into Trump's former national security adviser", wrote the Beast's Lachlan Makay, Asawin Suebsaeng and Jana Winter.

Half of registered USA voters disapprove of President Trump's performance as president, versus 42 percent who approve, according to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll.

"They've just watched over the last 10 days, people who went out on a limb on the Comey firing, and said it was the result of the memo from the deputy Attorney General, and had their limb sawed off by Donald Trump himself without a flinch", Krauthammer told Baier.

Criminally speaking, obstructing justice applies to a variety of scenarios - like threatening a juror, retaliating against a witness, or impeding a grand jury proceeding - and Trump's alleged request would not fit neatly into any of them, legal experts said.

Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has said to "not rush to judgement", on the reports, and to focus only on 'gathering the facts'.

The surprise announcement to hand the probe over to Mueller, a lawman with deep bipartisan respect, was a striking shift for Trump's Justice Department, which had resisted increasingly loud calls from Democrats for an outside prosecutor. "This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Mr. Comey", the statement continued. According to John McCain, Trump's scandals are "reaching Watergate size and scale". "Any effort to stop the federal government from conducting an investigation, any effort to dissuade federal agents from proceeding with an investigation, is very serious and could be construed as obstruction of justice", said Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) on CNN Tuesday night.

Trump fired Flynn on February 13 on grounds that he had misled Vice-President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russians.

But there's a catch - the transcript request has to come directly from the Trump administration.

US media have reported that during his May 10 meeting with Lavrov, Trump disclosed highly classified information received from a USA ally - reportedly Israel - about a planned operation by the extremist group Islamic State. He used that phrase nine times in his briefing to reporters. The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing Thursday on how an overhaul would affect economic growth and job creation.

After Putin offered Congress written records of Trump's meeting, NBC News' Andrea Mitchell asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson if the "Russians were bugging the Oval Office?"


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