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Trump claims 'right' to share info with Russian Federation

17 May 2017

"As President I wanted to share with Russian Federation (at an openly scheduled WH meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining", he wrote, "to terrorism and airline flight safety".

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that in February, Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to end the investigation into national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Addressing the Comey memo, GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas said: "If Comey felt like the president was trying to obstruct justice, Comey would have been duty-bound to report it to the DOJ and act on it. He wasn't briefed on the source of this information".

In 1969, Richard Nixon appeared to reveal during a press conference that the US had the ability to intercept North Korean radar signals, Prof.

The White House on Tuesday defended Trump discussing with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak an Islamic State group terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft.

The latest scandal surrounding Donald Trump sees the President under pressure, this time over claims he tried to shut down an investigation into a key political ally.

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The president's action drew rare criticism from some Republicans, who are desperate to get the White House refocused on health care and tax changes. "The idea that this is Kumbaya, even between Britain and the US, or Canada and the USA, is incorrect", said Ms. Kayyem.

Israeli ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer however reaffirmed that the two nations remained close.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell responded tersely "no" when pressed on whether he had concerns about the president's ability to handle classified information, or whether he was losing confidence in Trump. Such sharing "could be a risk for our sources", the official said.

Republicans caught off-guard by the latest revelation insisted that they wanted to hear from Comey rather than reacting to the reports.

The Washington Post withheld details about the intelligence-sharing arrangement and plot at the request of White House officials, who cited concern over national security. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly. The intelligence reportedly came from Israel, a close ally of the USA with access to Islamic State.

The White House is rejecting the report but prominent Democrat Congressman Adam Schiff wants Mr Comey to explain what happened.

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The President's actions, which breached foreign intelligence-sharing protocol, could badly damage diplomatic relations between the U.S. and its closest Middle East ally.

"In the context of that discussion, what the president discussed with the foreign minister was wholly appropriate to that conversation and is consistent with the routine sharing of information between the president and any leaders with whom he is engaged", McMaster said.

At least one European nation has said it may stop sharing intelligence with the USA, if it's proved Trump shared the information with Russian Federation.

This intelligence was considered "code word classified", which is the highest level of classified information - even more top secret than top secret.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Moscow is ready to provide US Congress with a transcript of the talks between President Donald Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, called for an immediate briefing for the Senate Intelligence Committee, of which she is a member.

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