Putin: Russia willing to turn over transcript of Trump meeting with Russians

Danny Woods
May 19, 2017

"But mistakes do get made, not only by the Americans, but sometimes by the Israelis too", he said.

US stocks braced for their worst day in at least two months as reports of a memo by former FBI chief James Comey suggested that President Donald Trump tried to interfere with a federal investigation, setting off alarm bells on Wall Street.

Complaining about what he said were signs of "political schizophrenia" in the US, Mr Putin said Mr Trump was not being allowed to do his job properly.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is scheduled to meet privately with all members of the Senate on Thursday to discuss his role in firing Comey last week.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied interfering in the US election. "It is obvious that there are some people out there who want to harm the president". "But we have an obligation to carry out our oversight regardless of which party is in the White House". The White House issued a furious denial of Comey's reported notes detailing Trump's request.

Meanwhile, Twitter rained down its disapproval and disgust on James Comey, whom many believe is a disgruntled former employee trying to bring down the president through illegal press leaks.

Mr Putin even suggested that Russian Federation share the records of last week's talks between Mr Trump and Mr Lavrov with the US Congress, if the White House approved. I guess that's why we won.

Asked if Mr Comey should testify at two congressional inquiries into Russian Federation, he said it was up to the committees to decide.

"The big issue here is that I am convinced the president did nothing that he felt was outside the best interests of the country", Franks said. Comey reportedly said he replied that "I agree he is a good guy" but said nothing to Trump about limiting the investigation. The Flynn investigation was part of a broader investigation into Russian interference in last year's presidential election.

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Lawmakers need to hear Comey testify and get documents or transcripts of any meetings he had with Trump, Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, told CNN on Wednesday.

This information allegedly came directly from James Comey's internal memo chronicling a dinner he had with President Trump in February 2016.

Trump himself hasn't directly addressed the latest allegations that he pressured Comey to drop the Flynn investigation.

The Comey memo, first reported by the New York Times, caused alarm on Capitol Hill and raised questions about whether Trump tried to interfere with a federal investigation. His offer added a freaky twist to the furor over Trump's intelligence disclosures.

She said the British relationship with the United States "is the most important defence and security relationship that we have around the world".

The White House has played down the importance and secrecy of the information Trump gave to the Russians, which had been supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement.

Yet despite the anxiety and displeasure voiced by McCain and a handful of other prominent GOP lawmakers, Republicans did not appear poised to abandon a president who remains critical to their goals of acting on health care and tax legislation.

"It's hard to imagine what else can these people who generate such nonsense and rubbish can dream up next", Mr Putin said.

Democrats were far less sparing in their criticism and repeated their demands for a special prosecutor. The basis for impeachment would be on a charge of obstruction of justice. Will this scandal lead to President Trump being removed from office? "At worst, he has obstructed justice".

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