The White House issued a furious denial near the end of a tumultuous day spent beating back potentially disastrous news reports from dawn to dusk. "The president implied in a tweet last week that the White House may have recordings of interactions with Comey". Trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation. Yet US allies and some members of Congress expressed concern bordering on alarm.
As for Comey, whom Trump fired last week, the FBI director wrote in a memo after a February meeting at the White House that the new president had asked him to shut down the FBI's investigation of Flynn and his Russian contacts, said a person who had read the memo.
Trump removed Comey in the middle of an FBI investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, and possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russia. "Mike Conaway and Adam Schiff sent a letter Wednesday night requesting additional documents from the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) related to FBI's ongoing counterintelligence investigation, including relevant documents related to the dismissal of Mr. Comey as FBI Director or memorializing conversations between the President and Mr. Comey", the release stated.
Republicans weren't going that far. "But we have an obligation to carry out our oversight regardless of which party is in the White House", Mr Ryan added. The Justice Department denied that Rosenstein had made the threat, but the White House ultimately shifted the responsibility off Rosenstein.
Israel was the source of the classified intelligence President Donald Trump allegedly disclosed to Russian senior officials during a meeting at the White House last week, according to a new report by The New York Times.
President Trump meets May 10 in the Oval Office with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, left, and Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, right.
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The remarks come as Trump prepares to leave Friday for his first foreign trip as president: a nine-day tour that will take him through five cities.
Trump himself hasn't directly addressed the latest allegations that he pressured Comey to drop the Flynn investigation.
His remarks to TV news anchors came one day after Trump launched his Pity Party at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy commencement speech, after learning Rosenstein had named former Mueller special counsel for the Russian Federation 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. "Memos, transcripts, tapes - the list keeps getting longer", he said.
He also seemed to endorse the view that Trump has been hit by more leaks than his predecessors and even flirted with support for the president's claim that reporters make things up, when he said this: "It does strike me there's been a lot of people talking - or, at least, reporters saying people are talking to them - in ways that have struck me as unusually active".
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