Trump appealed to Comey to abandon Flynn probe
- Author: Leroy Wright May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 20:56
"The Israelis who attended the meeting said that the Americans advised them not to expose any sensitive sources to members of the Trump administration, lest that information reach Iranian hands, until it becomes clear that Trump does not have a compromised relationship with Russian Federation", the paper reported at the time. His criticism has been followed by a steady stream of leaks to the media that have been damaging to Trump and exposed an FBI investigation into his associates' possible ties to Russian Federation.
In a letter to acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe, Chaffetz set a deadline of May 24 for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to produce "all memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings referring or relating to any communications between Comey and the President".
Speaking at a joint news conference with the visiting Italian prime minister on Wednesday, Putin said he had "no other explanation" as to why Trump came under attack other than "political schizophrenia".
The controversy engulfed the White House.
The disclosure also risks harming his credibility with US partners around the world ahead of his first overseas trip. "I have my subpoena pen ready", House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz tweeted Tuesday night.
Jeffrey Toobin said, "If he's telling the truth I don't think anyone can see this as anything but an obstruction of justice". Congressional investigators have been seeking Comey's memos on his meeting with Trump, as well as documents from the Justice Department related to his firing.
A US consular official last week reportedly told an Israeli official that the wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, "is not your territory, it's part of the West Bank", and the USA national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, declined to say whether the wall was part of Israel, saying it was "a policy decision".
May's comments were today criticised by a senior intelligence expert. He said that the reported disclosures demonstrate a "poor understanding of how to guard sensitive information".
The call to Netanyahu came immediately after Trump placed one to King Abdullah II of Jordan, which was announced by the White House. "You know that, I know that. There are people within our own unelected bureaucracy that want to sabotage President Trump and our entire "America First" movement".
The report withheld key details on the intelligence Trump allegedly "revealed", even while coming with heavy suggestion that it was shared inappropriately. "It wouldn't likely stop partners from sharing life-saving intelligence with the Americans, but it could impact the trust that has been built, particularly if sharing such information exposes specific intelligence gathering methods", said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak about such intelligence sharing.