Putin Offers To Provide Record Of Trump-Lavrov Talks


U.S. President Donald Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to end the agency's investigation into ties between former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russian Federation, according to a source who has seen a memo written by Comey.

"I don't think we're there yet", Arizona Sen.

"The White House has put out a statement, it's very clearly with our account", Spicer remarked.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday that said that Moscow could provide a recording of a controversial exchange between Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US President Donald Trump that has plunged the White House into turmoil. Comey associates said the president was referring to an ongoing investigation of Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who resigned a day before the conversation.

Mukasey also said, though, he was not opposed to Trump's firing of Comey, it was badly timed, remarking "the ideal time to have done that would've been on January 20", Politico reported.

However, Comey's firing four years into a 10-year term was accompanied by supporting documents that chastised him for his handling of an investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's e-mail, even though at one point Trump last year praised Comey for reopening that probe.

If Donald Trump did indeed ask James Comey to "let" the Flynn investigation "go", that would be a clear case of obstruction of justice. "And, ah because these people are plugging for, for keeps and that they should call the Federal Bureau of Investigation in and say that we wish for the country, don't go any further into this case", period!"

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Only two presidents - Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1999 - have ever been impeached by the House, both of which history has judged to be highly partisan proceedings.

Testifying before Congress is familiar to Comey, a former Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration. Even assuming Mr. Comey's memo is accurate, there is no indication that President Trump willfully attempted to bribe the F.B.I. director. "We had a very successful meeting with the foreign minister of Russian Federation", he told reporters firing a hail of questions at him.

On Monday, the Washington Post, followed by a number of other U.S. outlets, said Mr Trump had given the Russian officials information relating to the Islamic State group (IS) that could have endangered the source of the information.

Putin told a news conference that he would be willing to turn over notes of Trump's meeting with the Russian diplomats if the White House agreed.

May 16, 2017: A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Comey wrote in a memo after a January 27 dinner with the president that Trump had asked him to shut down the FBI investigation into Flynn. Comey said he replied that "I agree he is a good guy" but said nothing to Trump about limiting the investigation. In January, only days after the inauguration, then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates had informed Trump's White House counsel that Flynn had been interviewed by the FBI as part of an active investigation.

"Public trust is on the line and the country deserves answers sooner rather than later", he said, adding that Congress needs "all of the facts surrounding the firing of FBI Director Comey". The Washington Post reports that Comey's memo and Trump's disclosure of classified information to the Russians are "forcing a change in everyone's calculations".

Flynn was forced to resign February 13 after reports of the Yates-White House conversation.