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Trump's First Foreign Trip Comes At Precarious Time For White House

Trump's First Foreign Trip Comes At Precarious Time For White House

The panel's top Democrat, Elijah Cummings of Maryland, a constant Trump critic, called the allegation of Trump pressure on Comey "explosive" and said "it appears like a textbook case of criminal obstruction of justice". The intelligence reportedly had to do with plots in the Islamic State.

Former Trump aides Flynn and Paul Manafort have emerged as key figures in Trump-Russia investigation, NBC News reports.

According to multiple media reports, Mr Comey wrote a memo detailing Mr Trump's comments to him in February saying: "I hope you can let this go", referring to the Flynn probe. "He is a good guy".

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", the president told Comey, according to the memo.

A discordant note was sounded by Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz, chairperson of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee, who praised Mueller's credentials, but said: "I don't think they should have appointed someone".

"The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations".

Last week, the President tweeted a message implying that the White House may have recordings of interactions with Mr. Comey.

Trump has rejected the criticism, claiming he has the "absolute right" to share intelligence with Russian Federation so as to encourage Moscow step up their fight against terrorism.

Flynn, who failed to disclose that he spoke with Russian Federation regarding sanctions while Obama was still in office, is a key component in multiple investigations into the Trump campaign's relationship with one of the nation's greatest adversaries.

Senators Toomey, Casey react to report Trump shared classified info with Russians
In a later tweet , Trump took aim at "LEAKERS in the intelligence community", a frequent target of his months-old administration. Former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta called Trump a "loose cannon" Tuesday morning in an appearance on CNN .


"The country is being tested in unprecedented ways".

"This is a truth hunt", said Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar. That raised questions about whether the president improperly attempted to interfere with a federal investigation.

The interactions had previously been kept secret by the campaign but are now being reviewed as part of the FBI and congressional investigation into Trump's relationship with Russian Federation.

To jog your memory: The Washington Post dropped what seemed to be the biggest bombshell of the Trump presidency on Monday. As of Thursday morning, none of the White House officials had replied.

Israeli intelligence experts are gravely concerned that U.S. President Donald Trump's sharing of classified information with Russian Federation may have compromised an Israeli agent, but don't expect any long-term consequences for intelligence cooperation.

Despite this warning, which came about a month after the Justice Department notified Mr. Flynn of the inquiry, Mr. Trump made Mr. Flynn his national security adviser.

McMaster also indicated that Trump could not have revealed sensitive sources or methods. "He wasn't briefed on the source or method of the information either". The AP on Thursday reported that Flynn is not likely to comply with the subpoena, which could lead the Senate to vote on contempt of court charges. He took a more cautious tone about Democratic party calls for broader investigations of the Trump administration.

That episode, and the recent meeting in the Oval Office, only underlined for the American people Trump's connections with Russians, and ongoing reports of Trump business dealings with Russia raised further questions.


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