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Besieged White House denies, defends as new bombshells hit

17 May 2017

"Whatever it is, Israel is going to be pulling it out right now because they are not going to take any chances that whoever they have that is this close to ISIS is going to survive for the next 24 hours", Malcolm Nance, a former US intelligence official, said on MSNBC on Tuesday.

The FBI declined to comment, according to the Times, but acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told the Senate last week that there haven't been any efforts to impede the FBI's investigation.

The disclosures late on Monday roiled the administration as it struggled to move past the backlash over Trump's abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was investigating the president's ties to Russian Federation.

"Three words: obstruction of justice", said CNN's senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on Tuesday.

"While the President has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the President has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn", a White House official said in a statement.

He says he has ordered staffers to draft a letter to Justice Department officials seeking Comey's memos.

Flynn was sacked after misleading top White House officials about his contacts with Russian Federation. It was not the investigation into possible collusion between Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

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"If these reports are true, the President's brazen attempt to shut down the FBI's investigation of Michael Flynn is an assault on the rule of law that is fundamental to our democracy".

Alone in the Oval Office, Mr. Trump began the discussion by condemning leaks to the news media, saying that Mr. Comey should consider putting reporters in prison for publishing classified information, according to one of Mr. Comey's associates.

Moscow's top diplomat, Lavrov represents Russian foreign policies that are often sharply at odds with USA aims in Syria and Europe.

"OK, well, he's got to come in and tell us why", Graham said. "So clearly the president didn't do anything illegal".

Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to defend his actions.

July 5, 2016: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump calls the FBI's decision not to bring criminal charges against Clinton the greatest example yet that the system is "rigged".

Islamic State, or ISIS, holds territory in Iraq and Syria and is a common foe of Moscow and Washington. "I think I've said enough for a few days, I really have", said Sen.

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Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said simply: "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House". Ryan's office said he hoped for a full explanation.

But it wasn't completely lonely: A source close to the White House confirmed former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski spent time at the White House Tuesday night.

Speaking to CBS News' Nancy Cordes Tuesday evening, House Intelligence Committee Ranking Democrat Adam Schiff (D-California) said an investigation into whether the Trump administration is obstruction the Russian Federation probe is warranted.

Mr Comey's memo detailing his conversation with Mr Trump would be the clearest proof to date that the president has tried to influence that investigation.

The White House issued a statement denying Trump made such a request. Tuesday's news only raises more questions. Weaker-than-expected USA housing data also dampened the dollar.

The development comes as the Trump administration faces questions over why and how the president fired Comey last week as the FBI was investigating whether Trump's presidential campaign was connected to Russian meddling in the election. The FBI concluded after an investigation previous year that there were no grounds to pursue any charges against Clinton.

The president has said he may pick an Federal Bureau of Investigation nominee by Friday.

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