Trump's mishandling of intelligence secrets could affect cooperation over N. Korea: congressman

Candice Alexander
May 20, 2017

President Trump asked for his first foreign trip to be shortened from nine to five days, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Also Tuesday, in an extraordinary turn of events, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to turn over to Congress records of Trump's discussions with the diplomats. Trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has demanded memos, recordings and other materials that Comey may have prepared, with a deadline of next week.

Striking a defiant stance, he added: "You can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams".

The Washington Post reported Monday that Trump shared classified intelligence with Russian officials during a meeting last week.

The development comes as the Trump administration faces questions over why and how the president fired Comey last week as the FBI was investigating whether Trump's presidential campaign was connected to Russian meddling in the election.

House Republican Justin Amash of MI said that it may have been an abuse of his office.

The Senate Judiciary Committee sent letters asking acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to turn over all of Comey's notes regarding his investigation into Russian Federation, and asked White House Counsel Don McGahn for all records "memorializing interactions with Mr. Comey relating to the FBI's investigation of alleged ties between President Trump's associates and Russian Federation, or the Clinton email investigation, including all audio recordings, transcripts, notes, summaries, or memoranda".

The White House denied the account.

Mr. Comey wrote the memo detailing his conversation with the president immediately after the meeting, which took place the day after Mr. Flynn resigned, according to two people who read the memo.

"We are witnessing an obstruction of justice case unfolding in real time", said Sen.

October 28, 2016: Trump reacts to FBI's decision to investigate new messages related to Clinton's emails, telling a campaign rally that he has "great respect for the Federal Bureau of Investigation for righting this wrong".

Senator John McCain says that the ongoing scandal surrounding Donald Trump isn't comparable to Watergate - it is developing much too fast for that.

Do you think the information in the Comey memo is true?

When asked about the issue, Representative Justin Amash, of MI, said interfering in an FBI investigation into Mr Flynn could be the basis of such a case "if the allegations are true".

The travel comes as the administration is battling several controversies.

"Chairman Burr and I have sent out a request for Director Comey to testify before the Intelligence Committee both in closed and open", Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.) told reporters Wednesday afternoon. He is a good guy.

Does this rise to the level of criminal obstruction of justice?

The frantic activity in Congress showed signs that more Republicans were starting to show serious concern about Trump's actions following the Comey memo bombshell.

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