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White House Denies Trump Asked FBI To Drop Investigation

White House Denies Trump Asked FBI To Drop Investigation”

Flynn's resignation came hours after it was reported that the Justice Department had warned the White House weeks earlier that Flynn could be vulnerable to blackmail for contacts with Kislyak before Trump took office on January 20.

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

Trump spent much of the day trying to put to rest separate allegations that he revealed sensitive information to Lavrov and Moscow's ambassador to Washington, arguing he acted within the law.

One question is now gripping much of the US: Did President Donald Trump commit a crime in his first month in the Oval Office?

Some Republicans are meanwhile voicing support for President Donald Trump following a report that the president asked James Comey to stop an FBI investigation.

"While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation", a United States official said on condition of anonymity. The White House denied the president did anything improper in his meeting with the Russians.

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Comey had been overseeing investigations into the Trump campaign's possible collusion with Russian Federation to tilt the 2016 election in his favor.

When Trump fired Comey, he said he did so based on Comey's very public handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe and how it affected his leadership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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.

'All of the evidence - including transcripts, tapes, memos, and other documents - must be subpoenaed immediately. The newspaper cited a memo Mr Comey wrote shortly after the conversation. When that ended, Trump asked everyone to leave except Comey, and he eventually turned the conversation to Flynn. The memo said Comey did not say anything about ending the investigation but agreed that Flynn is a "good guy".

'Obstruction of justice is such a serious offense, ' King said.

The administration spent the first half of Tuesday defending Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials.

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The latest revelation comes a week after Trump fired Comey, in another step that goes beyond the established norms of presidential conduct, even if it's not found to be illegal.

Comey's notes were read to the Times reporter by one of his associates.

An administration official confirmed to AFP on condition of anonymity that the original intelligence came from Israel.

According to the Times, two USA officials, one current and one former, said that trump shared the intelligence supplied by Israel in the fight against Islamic State with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak during an Oval Office meeting last Wednesday, which the American press was barred from attending.

'I think we know enough now, and there has been enough alleged publicly, to want to bring the director back to testify, ideally in open session either before our committee or the Judiciary Committee, ' Schiff said.

Dermer told the Times in an emailed statement that "Israel has full confidence in our intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the year ahead under President Trump".

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Associated Press writers Vivian Salama and Jill Colvin contributed.



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