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

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

At that dinner, on January 27, Trump asked Comey at least two times for a pledge of loyalty - which Comey declined, according to one of Comey's associates.

Trump fired Comey last Tuesday, with the president saying that the move was linked to the Russian Federation inquiry.

But Mr Comey did not say anything to Mr Trump about limiting the investigation.

Last week, the Senate Intelligence Committee ordered him to hand over all documents related to Russian Federation, after his refusal to cooperate with the investigation without prior immunity. Democrats speculated whether Comey's dismissal was because of the FBI investigation he led into ties between the president's associates and Russian Federation during the presidential campaign.

There is no word yet whether Mr McCabe will also be asked to appear before the committee to discuss the investigation.

Citing anonymous officials, USA media reported on May 15 that during his May 10 meeting with Lavrov, Trump had disclosed highly classified information received from a US ally - reportedly Israel - about a planned operation by the extremist group Islamic State (IS).

The report, which cited a confidential source within the administration, set off a firestorm. Trump has admitted he shared information with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, saying he had every right to do so.

The Washington Post said he described details about a plot involving laptop computers on airplanes, revealing where the information was gathered. When the meeting ended, Trump told those present - including Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions - to leave the room except for Comey.




Putin said he had "no other explanation" as to why Trump has come under attack over the alleged incident other than "political schizophrenia", according to the Russian Interfax news agency. He had not been briefed on it according to the national security advisor.

In addition, Trump tweeted that he wanted to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" with Russian Federation. We would never have imagined we'd need him to come back so soon before the Congress. This begs the question, how would they know if a piece of information was classified or not and would they admit it if they learned classified information.

"I hope you can let this go", Comey wrote, quoting Trump in the document, CNN reported.

The visit had already generated its share of scandal after Moscow released pictures of the closed-door Oval Office meeting showing Trump and Lavrov grinning after White House officials presumed they would not be made public.

The New York Times said that during the Oval Office meeting, Trump condemned a series of government leaks to the news media and said the Federal Bureau of Investigation director should consider prosecuting reporters for publishing classified information.

Putin joked that he would reprimand Lavrov because "he hasn't shared those secrets with us".

Flynn has been at the centre of that investigation shortly after Trump's arrival to the White House.

"In the context of that discussion, what the president discussed with the foreign minister was wholly appropriate to that conversation and is consistent with the routine sharing of information between the president and any leaders with whom he's engaged", McMaster said.


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