Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

May says UK to continue to share intelligence with US

May says UK to continue to share intelligence with US

US President Donald Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to end the agency's investigation into ties between former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn and Russian Federation, according to a source who has seen a memo written by Comey.

Flynn was forced out February 13, amid a Defense Department investigation into payments he received from Russian Federation and Turkey. "If it was a polite request saying, 'Oh, you know, he's a good guy, Flynn, I wish you'd back off this thing, ' that's not an obstruction of justice", Dershowitz said.

"I hope you can let this go", Trump is said to have told Comey during the meeting in the White House.

Reports emerged that he failed to disclose talks he had with Russia's ambassador about United States sanctions on Moscow.

On Tuesday the Times sent more shockwaves through Washington with the release of a memo by Comey that revealed Trump had asked him to stop the FBI's investigation of Flynn.

The explosive new development follows a week of tumult at the White House, after Mr Trump fired Mr Comey and then discussed sensitive national security information about Islamic State with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said Wednesday that he supported "gathering the facts" with respect to President Donald Trump, while making it known that he believes "there are some people out there who want to harm the President".

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

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The memo was part of a paper trail built by Comey to document what he believed were attempts by Trump to derail the agency's investigations into alleged ties between his presidential campaign team and Russian Federation, officials with firsthand knowledge of the memo told NBC.

Trump's team accused an "unelected bureaucracy" of sabotaging his presidency by spreading such information.

Another day, another bombshell for the beleaguered Trump administration.

Meanwhile, the opposition Democrats demanded an investigation into the allegations and Trump's relations with Russian Federation.

The associate is also confirming an account from The New York Times that Trump vented anger about media leaks during a conversation with Comey and expressed his support for seeing reporters in prison.

Democrats have seized on the reports to bolster their claims that Trump is unfit to serve in the Oval Office. While the president does have authority to disclose classified information, there's concern that it may have damaged national security.

First Russian officials found the debates about interference in US politics "funny", he said, but now Moscow has become "concerned because it's hard to imagine what the people who produce such nonsense can come up with next". The president had been engaging in "routine sharing" with foreign leaders, he said, arguing that some of the information was publicly available.

The revelation raised questions about whether the president sought to influence the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the same time the agency is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with Moscow by Trump associates. "If true, this would be a serious breach of the law", he said.

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