Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Putin Says Trump Didn't Share Any Secrets, Offers Records to Prove It


"No. No. Next question", Trump responded curtly to a reporter during a news conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday afternoon.

Trump is under fire for having allegedly interfered with the FBI's investigation into Flynn's ties with Turkey and Russian Federation.

Trump, left, and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey.

Yet US allies and some members of Congress have expressed alarm.

He dismissed outrage over Mr Trump's disclosures as USA politicians whipping up "anti-Russian sentiment".

"The appointment of former FBI director and respected lawyer Robert Mueller as special counsel for the Russian Federation investigation is a positive development and will provide some certainty for the American people that the investigation will proceed fairly and free of political influence", Senator Richard Burr said and Mark Warner, chairman and ranking member of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said.

Comey - whom Trump fired May 9 - wrote a memo memorializing a discussion with the president about Flynn and the FBI's investigation, two sources close to the former FBI director who had seen the memo confirmed to NPR.

The Times calls Trump's reported request "the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and FBI investigation" into links between Trump associates and Russian Federation.

"As President I wanted to share with Russian Federation (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety", Trump wrote in a series of early morning Twitter posts.

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The meal came on the same day Flynn was accused by House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings of failing to disclose payments he had received from Russian Federation and Turkey.

"We need a great director of the FBI", Trump said.

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain said Tuesday the recent developments are reaching a Watergate levels.

His most famous appearance, as a civilian, came 10 years ago this week, when the Senate Judiciary Committee was conducting an investigation into the Bush White House's dismissal of USA attorneys in 2005.

The White House denied the president made the request in this statement. But the president later said it was because of Comey's ongoing investigation into the Trump team's possible ties with Russian Federation.

The intensifying drama comes as President Trump is set to embark on his first foreign trip, which had been optimistically viewed by some aides as an opportunity to reset an administration floundering under an inexperienced president.

But the White House has provided differing accounts of the firing. "Memos, transcripts, tapes - the list keeps getting longer", he said.

"I think we have a very divided country because of that and many other things", he said. "This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey".

The Senate intelligence committee on Wednesday asked Mr Comey to appear before the panel in both open and closed sessions.

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