Trump Asked Comey to Shut Down Flynn Probe

Trump Asked Comey to Shut Down Flynn Probe

Trump Asked Comey to Shut Down Flynn Probe

But the reports - both rebutted by Trump's team - add to a mounting perception of an administration in a perpetual state of chaos.

As a result of the information leaked by Trump, an Israeli spy's life is believed to be at risk, according to a Tuesday ABC news report.

Comey's memo, an apparent effort to create a paper trail of his contacts with the White House, would be the clearest evidence to date that the president has tried to influence the investigation.

The Times said Mr Trump told Mr Comey, "I hope you can let this go". He is a good guy. "It wouldn't be criminal obstruction unless he also said 'you'll have to lay off or else I'll fire you.' Remember, we have separation of powers and the president, as the head of the executive branch, has the power to fire and direct his subordinates".

In a letter to acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe, Chaffetz set a deadline of May 24 for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to produce "all memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings referring or relating to any communications between Comey and the President".

Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan backed Chaffetz.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement: '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'.

Comey wrote the memo detailing his conversation with the president shortly after it took place, according to the Times, citing two people who read the memo. The White House has an unusual credibility problem: President Donald Trump's aides deliver questionable st.

The President's administration played down the importance and secrecy of the information, supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement, and Trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation.

Both allegations fueled calls for a special prosecutor to investigate Trump's ties to Russian Federation and even raised questions about whether he could face impeachment proceedings.

"The country is being tested in unprecedented ways".

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'And I say it with sadness, and reluctance.

National Security Adviser HR McMaster said the president's comments were "wholly appropriate".

And veteran Republican Senator John McCain called the allegations about the Trump-Lavrov meeting "deeply disturbing".

But the intelligence scandal could corrode trust among allies who shared classified information with the United States on the understanding that it will go no further.

An administration official confirmed to AFP on condition of anonymity that the original intelligence came from Israel. President Donald Trump watches Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan depart the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

"Israel has full confidence in our intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the years ahead under President Trump", said Israel's ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer.

Firing FBI Director James Comey is already coming back to haunt President Donald Trump.

The latest revelation comes a week after Trump fired Comey, in another step that goes beyond the established norms of presidential conduct, even if it's not found to be illegal. "He wasn't briefed on the source or method of the information either".

"We had a very successful meeting with the foreign minister of Russian Federation", he told reporters firing a hail of questions at him. The White House defended Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russ.

News Tuesday of Trump's request of Comey immediately renewed concerns from congressional Democrats that Trump was trying to obstruct an investigation that's been examining potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

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