Trump reportedly asked Comey to consider imprisoning members of the press

Trump reportedly asked Comey to consider imprisoning members of the press

Mr Trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation.

Meanwhile, as if to add insult to injury, Russian news outlet Vesti asked, "What is there for Russian hackers, when the American president himself shares secrets with Russia!".

Trump has a joint news conference this afternoon with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers said they wanted to see the memo.

"I hope you can let this go", Trump told Comey at the time, according to a New York Times report, quoting two people who read the memo Comey wrote shortly after meeting with Trump in the Oval Office one day after Flynn resigned over a Russia-related scandal in February. At that meeting, Comey pulled the President aside to brief him on what was known about the allegations collected by a former British spy in a dossier paid for by political opponents of Trump, as CNN has previously reported.

Gerhardt said Trump's recent comments and behaviour are "disturbing" and "justify a further inquiry". Yet U.S. allies and some members of Congress have expressed alarm.

Republicans and Democrats alike were eager to hear from Comey, who has increasingly emerged as a central figure in the unfolding drama.

After Flynn left the White House, Trump attempted to get now-fired FBI director James Comey to drop the investigation, according to multiple reports.

The news that Trump wants to bring Flynn back to the White House isn't shocking, at least relative to what we've come to expect from Trump. He dismissed outrage over Trump's disclosures as USA politicians whipping up "anti-Russian sentiment".

A defiant President Donald Trump flatly denied Thursday that he had pressured the FBI to close its investigation of a former close aide, and he questioned the need for a special counsel to probe possible collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russians trying to influence the presidential election.

The President also described Comey as "very unpopular with most people", and said he was surprised that there wasn't bipartisan support for Comey's ouster.

Mueller was credited with transforming the FBI, putting more resources into counterterrorism investigations and improving its cooperation with other USA government agencies.

But the Russian president may not want to make Trump's life more hard at home in the long term.

The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Justice Department and FBI seeking the memo by former FBI Director James Comey describing his February meeting with President Trump in which Trump reportedly asked Comey to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and his ties to Russian Federation.

Law enforcement officials tell NBC News that both Flynn and Manafort are formally considered "subjects" of a criminal investigation, though their lawyers say they have done nothing wrong.

"We continue to work together and we have confidence in that relationship between us and the United States that it helps to keep us all safer", she said.

John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said late Tuesday that the developments had reached "Watergate size and scale".

Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan backed Chaffetz.

The Comey memo caused alarm on Capitol as well as Wall Street.

Flynn left his post in February after media reports that he misled the vice president about his contacts with Russian Federation.

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