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More Republicans back probe of Trump-Russia ties

20 Mai 2017

About 10 House Republicans and four Senate Republicans have called for some sort of independent investigation.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain said late Tuesday that the developments had reached "a point where it's of Watergate size and scale". "I think that with Paul, we'll just keep moving forward".

This doubt was confirmed early Tuesday morning, when Trump essentially bragged that, yes, in fact, he had shared the classified information - because he can.

"When people elected the president, they knew they were electing somebody different because they wanted things to change in Washington, and I think he has unique potential to bring change to the system and voters knew what they were doing", Blunt said.

Many Republicans agree that they should take a wait-and-see approach.

"If in fact what was in the memo is true, it's very concerning, and we need to get to the bottom of that", Republican Adam Kinzinger, a member of the House of Representative Foreign Affairs Committee, said on CNN.

Unimpressed, Rep. Elijah Cummings, top Democrat on a key House oversight panel, said, "Speaker Ryan has shown he has zero, zero, zero appetite for any investigation of Donald Trump".

Likely aware of this danger, White House staff quickly alerted the CIA and National Security Agency about Trump's comments. Trump fired Comey on May 9. The White House has denied those reports.

Putin, who still hopes Moscow can fix battered ties with the United States despite a deepening political scandal in the United States related to Trump's purported Russian Federation ties, said Moscow had rated Lavrov's meeting with Trump highly. "No politician in history, and I say with surety, has been treated worse, more unfairly". "I hope you can let this go".

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In his most unsafe and irresponsible act so far, Trump shared highly classified information with Russia's foreign minister and ambassador to the USA, who visited the White House last week.

Putin has cordial relations with Trump, unlike his previous acrimonious relationship with Barack Obama- Reuters picMOSCOW, May 17 - Vladimir Putin said today that US President Donald Trump had not divulged any secrets during a meeting in Washington with Russian officials and offered to prove it by supplying Congress with a transcript.

In the face of unfairness, "you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that Mueller's appointment "confirms that the investigation into Russian intervention into our election will continue, as stated last week by Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe". "Or they do understand everything, and that means that they are unsafe and unscrupulous". The Senate Intelligence Committee also wants Comey to testify both publicly and in private.

Trump went on to dismiss as "totally ridiculous" the notion that he himself may have committed a prosecutable - or even impeachable - offence in recent months, as argued by some critics who suspect him of obstructing the FBI's probe.

The Senate Intelligence Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee have also requested similar records from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They expect to bring in Comey in to testify, as well.

Trump is preparing to leave town Friday on his first foreign trip, and aides have been hopeful the journey will be a chance for the administration to get back on track after weeks of chaos and distractions.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speculated Trump was probably happy to get out of town - "and a lot of us are glad he's leaving for a few days".

His advice to the president: "Stay disciplined, stay focused and deliver on the world stage".

More Republicans back probe of Trump-Russia ties