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Republicans starting to turn as committee asks to see Comey documents

19 May 2017

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has mocked US news reports suggesting President Donald Trump shared sensitive intelligence with him about terror threats involving laptops on airplanes.

Yahoo's Michael Isikoff reported on Thursday that Flynn revealed the message from Trump to a small group of supporters at a restaurant in northern Virginia on April 25.

"Zero", Trump said, at the joint news conference Thursday afternoon with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia.

Asked point-blank if he'd done anything that might merit prosecution or even impeachment, he said no and then added concerning the allegations and questions that have mounted as he nears the four-month mark of his presidency: "I think it's totally ridiculous". Claire McCaskill, after a Senate meeting with Rosenstein, said Rosenstein was aware Comey would be fired before writing the memo justifying Comey's firing.

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Meanwhile, the pings of AOL Instant Messenger go off in the background as Mark presumably gives his friends the good news. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is preparing to give the commencement speech next week at his alma mater Harvard.

The briefing was scheduled before Rosenstein signed an order Wednesday naming Mueller to take over an expanding counterintelligence investigation that has roiled Washington for weeks and could lead into the White House, and potentially to criminal charges.

The investigation into his campaign's possible collusion with Russian officials, Trump said, was the last thing he wanted to focus his attention on.

"The drug epidemic is poisoning too many American lives, and we're going to stop it", Mr. Trump said.

The president on Thursday muddled his explanation for firing Comey last week, saying he ousted him because he was "very unpopular with most people". The press conference is also the president's first public appearance after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to be special counsel to investigate any ties between Russian Federation and The Trump campaign.

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Hong Kong's technology sector, for example, is the most expensive, trading at a price-to-earnings multiple of more than 42 times. In parallel, Japan's Ministry of Economics reported that industrial production fell by 1.9% month-on-month in March.

Trump has cast himself throughout the Russian Federation investigation as an aggrieved president who is being mistreated by the media. Trump said he acted because Comey, who had been overseeing the Russian Federation investigation, "wasn't doing a good job" leading the agency, calling him a "showboat" and a "grandstander". He went on to sharply criticize the investigation into his campaign's possible collusion with Russian officials to influence the USA election.

"Everybody, even my enemies, have said there is no collusion", he said.

Lavrov said Trump simply talked about how terrorists "are capable of stuffing laptops, all kinds of electronic devices, with untraceable explosive materials". The appointment Wednesday of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel to investigate Russia's role in the election means the scandal will be front burner news. He also highlighted the "very, very strong recommendation" he got from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. "You can't let them get you down, can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams".

As the controversy surrounding the White House continues, the road ahead is a series of pitfalls for Republicans that will be almost impossible to escape.

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The White House, presumably too busy churning out a series of statements refuting other interlinked stories, declined to comment. They spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid angering Justice Department or White House officials.

"We're going to have a director who's going to be outstanding, I'll be announcing that director very soon".