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

Trump accused of asking Federal Bureau of Investigation to stop Flynn probe

Trump accused of asking Federal Bureau of Investigation to stop Flynn probe

Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin of IL said he senses from "very private" conversations that some of his Republican colleagues are beginning to crack, tired and frustrated by the constant chaos coming from the White House.

Meanwhile the White House, which had tried to hose down the story yesterday, has changed tactics. "We need our Republican colleagues to join us in standing up, to put country over party".

SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: Good to be with you, Ari. He also has the authority to share information with whomever he wants, including foreign adversaries. Following a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Trump said only that his meeting last week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was "very, very successful".

Let this be a lesson for Trump: if you're going to talk about closely-guarded secrets that even some agencies within the USA government don't know about, pinch yourself before you act on impulse and blurt it out to an adversarial foreign power.

Trump also enlisted his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, to help contain the fallout from the latest set of damaging revelations about the administration's relationship with Russian Federation.

"What was shared was wholly appropriate given the goal of that conversation and the objective of what the president was trying to achieve through that meeting".

The anonymous officials told the Post that the information Trump relayed during the Oval Office meeting had been provided by a USA partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement. Indeed, U.S. spy agencies earlier this year concluded that their Russian counterparts engaged in an unprecedented covert influence campaign to upend the 2016 presidential race. Sometimes, by simply revealing the information, a "source can be compromised".

As president, Trump has the ability to disclose classified information largely as he chooses. Israel is also hostile toward Syria's Assad regime, which Russian Federation supports, and in fact has reportedly conducted several recent airstrikes against the Iranian- and Syrian-backed Hezbollah group in Syrian territory.

Paul Ryan cautions against 'rush to judgment' over Trump revelations
Before "rushing to judgment" about the merits of the memo, Ryan continued, they need to "follow the facts wherever they may lead". Tom Cole (R-Okla.), said he's "no Comey fan" but added, "I won't defend anyone who obstructs justice ".

The spy provided intelligence involving an active ISIS plot to bring down a passenger jet en route to the United States, with a bomb hidden in a laptop that US officials believe can get through airport screening machines undetected.

Republicans, caught off-guard, insisted they wanted to hear from Comey, who was sacked last week a day before Trump met in the Oval Office with the Russian diplomats.

The diplomat - who spoke to CNN on the condition that neither their name nor country were identified - said allied agencies could explore ways to share specific information through channels used only by military and intelligence officials. The White House vowed to track down those who disclosed the information.

"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", Mr Dermer said.

SHAPIRO: This morning, Trump tweeted that he had every right to share the information with Russian Federation. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., to tweet: "Protip: Don't give the Russians classified information".

'I stand by my statement that I made yesterday, ' McMaster said. The president noted that he hoped the information would help get Russian Federation to "greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism". He is expected to be the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism. But you know, Ari, those preparations have really been overshadowed by this controversy.

Initially, the Trump White House strongly denied that such a breach had occurred. It's incredible how having a big mouth can destroy the very fabric of what US officials have taken for granted for so long.

Last week, Trump told NBC's Lester Holt he had been planning to fire FBI Director James Comey with or without the advice of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Now they're defending his conversation with the Russians.

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