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House committee wants Comey to testify about Trump, Russia probe

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Eleena Tovar | 19 May, 2017, 23:45

Citing anonymous officials, US media reported on May 15 that during his May 10 meeting with Lavrov, Trump had disclosed highly classified information received from a USA ally - reportedly Israel - about a planned operation by the extremist group Islamic State (IS). Angry over the steady stream of leaks from within his administration, he suggested that Comey jail journalists for publishing classified information and expressed his hope that the FBI director would drop the ongoing investigation into Flynn. "While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation", a United States official said on condition of anonymity. 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.

His comments were the first since Mr Trump was hit with accusations that he shared secrets while meeting Mr Lavrov in Washington, the latest crisis to hit the White house amid existing investigations into whether Mr Trump's aides colluded with Moscow during the campaign. During a discussion about tackling ISIL, US media reported that the American president disclosed classified intelligence that might compromise an Israeli asset inside a militant stronghold in Syria.

The White House has played down the importance and secrecy of the information Trump gave to the Russians, which had been supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement.

Trump said on May 16 that he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" with Russian Federation.

Update: To the point above, New York Times political guru Maggie Haberman reports that Senate Republicans are reconsidering their Comey game plan. Why?

The ACLU today sought the public release of memos reportedly prepared by former FBI Director James Comey that describe his conversations with President Trump. "We put out a statement last night". Even though Mr. Comey dropped the investigation one month later, he presumably knew that although it would please both Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton, it would not insulate him from being fired. "I think ill health will see him off first", USA politics pundit Scott Lucas of Birmingham University said. "Let it go", as I say, psychiatrists use that phrase to people - patients who are obsessively compulsive: "you got to let it go, man". I guess that's why we won. "We're going to have a lot of great success over the next coming years and we want to get as many to help fight terrorism as possible". Comey had been overseeing investigations into the Trump campaign's possible collusion with Russian Federation to tilt the 2016 election in his favor.

For the record, the White House has denied the president asked Comey or anyone else "to end any investigation". Lindsey O. Graham, R-S.C., who told the press: "I've asked Comey to come before the Judiciary Committee to tell his side of the story". He said he would give the Federal Bureau of Investigation a week and then "if we need a subpoena, we'll do it". "This is a participatory democracy", he said. The associate was not authorized to discuss the memo by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The DOJ announcement comes as new reporting from NBC indicates that top Trump lieutenants Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn are emerging as key figures in the investigation.

Comey had previously refused to acknowledge the parallel Trump investigation, and his disclosure enrages Democrats who already blamed Comey for costing Clinton the presidency. He did the same after a series of conversations with Dean later that month in which the White House counsel asked Walters if the Central Intelligence Agency could pay for the bail or the salaries of the Watergate burglars. "Memos, transcripts, tapes - the list keeps getting longer", he said.