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Donald Trump putting US intelligence ties at risk, say experts

Donald Trump putting US intelligence ties at risk, say experts

Speaking at a joint news conference with the visiting Italian prime minister, Putin said on Wednesday Moscow initially found debates about Russia's meddling in USA politics as "funny" but said Moscow is now "concerned because it's hard to imagine what the people who produce such nonsense can come up with next". Yet U.S. allies and some members of Congress expressed concern bordering on alarm.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says that Moscow is prepared to provide a record of a White House meeting in which U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly shared classified intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Typically, that has been interpreted to mean that the president has the ultimate authority to classify and to declassify information.

The answer, they found Tuesday evening, was demanding former FBI Director James Comey give up the goods.

"It's not like we were in on the meeting", this person said.

The panel's top Democrat, Elijah Cummings of Maryland, a constant Trump critic, called the allegation of Trump pressure on Comey "explosive" and said "it appears like a textbook case of criminal obstruction of justice".

Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain said late Tuesday that the developments had reached "a point where it's of Watergate size and scale".

Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said simply, "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House".

The New York Times reported that the information was provided, at least in part, by Israel which had allegedly urged Washington be careful in handling it.

One House Republican considered vulnerable in next year's midterm elections called the "inexplicable stories" from the White House "highly troubling".




He is said to have told the Russians: "I get great intel".

Trump fired Flynn on February 13, on grounds that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russians.

A White House reeling from parallel crises won't find respite anytime soon: President Donald Trump, joined by first lady Melania Trump, will embark Friday on his first foreign trip, a five-country grind where the very issues of credibility and competence exposed by the past week's chaos will reverberate widely. The words, said one White House adviser, "probably will cause him more heartbreak than anything else". And lawmakers have alleged that the sudden ouster was an attempt to stifle the bureau's investigation into Trump associates' ties to Russia's meddling in the campaign. But the White House had no memos or tapes of the meeting to rebut the claims, several officials said.

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.

"That's a profound national security problem". "This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr Comey".

The presidents disclosure put the operative for one of the U.S. closest allies at risk and jeopardised future operations by sharing the information with Russian Federation.

On Tuesday, McMaster said Trump's actions were "wholly appropriate", adding, "The president wasn't even aware of where this information came from". He used that phrase nine times in his briefing to reporters.

The White House has grown suspicious about the volume and timing of the seemingly never-ending stream of leaks about the president, said one senior administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity to reflect on the feeling inside the West Wing.

Multiple top former Israeli officials called US President Donald Trump's leak to Russian Federation, reportedly of Israeli intelligence on ISIS, deeply troubling. breaking with the government's current line of trying to provide a face-saving show of unity with the embattled Trump administration.


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