Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Trump Won't Release Meeting Transcript, So Putin Says He Will

Instead, the White House press office released an emailed statement denying Comey's version of events.

Democratic politicians have been making the case for impeachment across the mainstream media ever since Trump's interview last week with NBC News's Lester Holt, when he said the decision to fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation director was his alone and that he was considering "the Russian Federation thing" when he handed down the dismissal directive via a letter delivered by the president's longtime security guard. "Each member of Congress has to make his or her decision".

The Russian president dismissed reports that Trump shared classified intelligence with Moscow.

Comey's memos could be valuable in any obstruction investigation. He also urged the lawmakers to be sober.

Representative Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican, went further. Grounds for impeachment? All this on the heels of news the president shared classified intelligence with Russian Federation.

Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said simply: "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House". "Trump, according to people who spoke with him, was taken aback by the backlash to the firing and unfazed by the conversation with Russia's foreign minister and ambassador". The White House pointed to congressional testimony by McCabe last week in which he said there has been no effort to impede the FBI's probe. But the president later said it was because of Comey's ongoing investigation into the Trump team's possible ties with Russian Federation. He and other Russian officials have portrayed such stories as an internal US political issue.

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The intensifying drama comes as Trump is set to embark Friday 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.

Flynn, as well as former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, are emerging as the subjects of the ongoing investigation into Trump campaign official's ties to Russia and possible collusion with the Russian government.

Mark Warner of Virginia, top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said he would ask Comey for additional material as part of that panel's investigation. "Memos, transcripts, tapes - the list keeps getting longer", he said. "He is a good guy". This has become a national security threat to us in and of itself,"he explained".

Trump and Comey in January. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said the president's comments were "wholly appropriate".

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

Vladimir Putin offered Wednesday to help settle the controversy over claims President Trump shared classified intel with Russian diplomats.

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