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Rep. King: Comey Had Obligation to Report Any Interference in Flynn Investigation

19 May 2017

The memo was part of a paper trail Mr. Comey created documenting what he perceived as the president's improper efforts to influence a continuing investigation.

British Prime Minister Theresa May says the government has confidence in its relationship with the United States, and will continue to share intelligence with Britain's most important defence and security ally.

Amid the turmoil, it seemed that GOP lawmakers were unwilling to go on air, even for Fox News-a right-leaning network and one of the only media outlets that Trump has praised.

Trump, who repeatedly said on the campaign trail he hoped to "get along" with Russian Federation, has adopted a similar line to the Kremlin when it comes critical media coverage.

This move, coming hot on the heels of reports on Tuesday evening that Comey kept memos detailing his conversations with Trump.

Russia President Vladimir Putin offered Wednesday to turn over to Congress records of President Donald Trump's discussions with Russian diplomats in which Trump is said to have disclosed classified information.

He said he would give the Federal Bureau of Investigation a week and then "if we need a subpoena, we'll do it".

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Ryan spoke a day after The New York Times reported that Trump attempted to influence the FBI investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Charlie Rose just said CBS This Morning asked 20 Republicans and White House on air to speak to Comey memo today; all declined.

"We can't deal with speculation and innuendo", he said. The Illinois senator said he wants to see Comey's memos and hear his testimony in public.

He added, "There is no avoiding having to answer this question". (The White House denies Comey's account.) The Times revealed that Comey took notes on every conversation he had with the president.

Putin did wade into the US debate over the true role of Russian interference in last year's election, and seemed to give backing to the notion that Washington and Moscow have common interests that they should advance.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday mocked US news reports suggesting President Donald Trump inappropriately shared sensitive intelligence with him about terror threats involving laptops on airplanes. "Either they don't understand the damage they're doing to their own country, in which case they are simply stupid, or they understand everything, in which case they are unsafe and corrupt".

"I think most of the country will not believe the President's account".

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NPR's Lucian Kim reports that Putin also said that it's up to the American people, not Russian Federation, to assess Trump's performance.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he is prepared to hand over records of President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian officials earlier in May.

If the Trump administration deemed it appropriate, Putin said Russian Federation could hand over a transcript of Trump's meeting with Lavrov to U.S. lawmakers to reassure them that no secrets were revealed. This transcript - again, not an audio recording - will prove that Trump did not share any intel with them. Later, though, Trump told NBC News that he would have fired Comey "regardless" and was thinking of the "Russia thing" when he did so.

According to sources cited in the report, that intelligence came from a USA ally who had not authorized Washington to pass it on to Moscow.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday requested any memos or recordings from Trump's meetings with Comey, who was leading the FBI's investigation into any coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the election.

In two tweets on Tuesday, Trump confirmed he had spoken to the Russian officials about terrorism and airline flight safety, but he did not confirm or deny whether the information was classified.

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Rep. King: Comey Had Obligation to Report Any Interference in Flynn Investigation