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Paul Ryan warns against rushing to judgment on James Comey memo

19 May 2017

Putin dismisses scandal involving Trump sharing intelligence with Russian Federation as 'schizophrenia'.

President Putin deployed his trademark sarcasm on Wednesday to make clear he thought the accusation that Trump had divulged secrets absurd.

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He added that he initially laughed at reports that Russian Federation allegedly interfered in last year's USA election, but now he's concerned.

Officials have told Reuters Trump's alleged disclosure of classified information to Russia's foreign minister is unlikely to stop allies who share intelligence with Washington from cooperating.

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Speaking at a news conference alongside Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Putin quipped that Lavrov had not passed what he said were the non-existent secrets onto him either. But Comey did not say anything to Trump about limiting the investigation, replying, "I agree he is a good guy".

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he is ready to provide records of the recent meeting between USA leader Donald Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, where U.S. media claim state secrets were leaked.

But key Republicans appeared to back the president, with House speaker Paul Ryan warning against "rushing to judgment" on the latest scandal to engulf Mr Trump.

Putin called the uproar over the meeting - at which Trump reportedly revealed highly classified information about a threat from ISIS - "political schizophrenia". "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 sawn off by Donald Trump himself without a flinch". Trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation.

Lavrov is the highest-level Russian official to meet face-to-face with Trump since he took office on January 20.

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"Anyway, this is a USA matter, and we don't want and don't plan to interfere", the Russian president said.

The White House vigorously denied it all.

I need to see it sooner rather than later.

"I would have no way to know that", he responded.

"They either don't understand that they are hurting their own country, and then they are simply dumb, or they understand everything and then they are risky and corrupt people", Putin added.

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The back-to-back controversies threatened to further erode the credibility of the White House, which was already diminishing. Thus, sharing that information may not have been illegal - but just because it was legal doesn't mean it was a smart move.