U.S. allies seen cooperating despite alleged Trump leak

Russian Foreign Ministry

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais).

Version Two: Trump weighed in Tuesday by indicating he had the authority to disclose whatever he'd like.

Trump ignored reporters' questions about whether he disclosed classified information. "Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russian Federation to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism". Some analysts, however, said the reports could undermine trust between partners.

As President I wanted to share with Russian Federation (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining....

Interest was hardly limited to the U.S. No less a commentator than Russia's Vladimir Putin called the dramatic charges swirling around Trump evidence of "political schizophrenia spreading in the U.S".

McMaster on Monday night denied that Trump had revealed the intelligence sources and methods used to glean this information.

Russian Ambassador Kislyak remains a central figure in that investigation.

The paper said Mr Comey had documented what he saw as Mr Trump's improper efforts to influence him. An increasing number of Republicans, too, have joined in calling for Congress to dig deeper, especially after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey who had been leading the bureau's probe.

"We need to learn more about it".

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Comey is known to produce memos documenting especially sensitive or unsettling encounters, such as after the February meeting. Trump said the next day, according to a document summarizing the meeting shared with the Times by a US government official.

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

In the weeks before Trump took office, Obama administration officials were so concerned by the Trump transition team's handling of classified documents that they moved swiftly to exert more control over the sensitive materials, according to two former USA officials.

Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell told Bloomberg: "I think we can do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things so that we can focus on our agenda".

Mr Flynn was sacked by the president in February after he failed to disclose a conversation with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

The reports came days before Trump departs on Friday for his first overseas trip as president, to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy and Belgium. And lawmakers have alleged that the sudden ouster was an attempt to stifle the bureau's investigation into Trump associates' ties to Russia's meddling in the campaign. "He wasn't briefed on the source or method of the information either", McMaster said at a press briefing. The list of Russian aggressions is long and growing. Several members of Congress said that if Trump did suggest that Comey "let this go" regarding Flynn's Russian contacts, it was probably just a joke, light banter.

McMaster said he was in the room for the May 10 meeting in the Oval Office, noting that the larger conversation was about the "terrorist threat". When that ended, Trump asked everyone to leave except Comey, and he eventually turned the conversation to Flynn. The catch is that the law defines classified information as information determined classified by a US government agency, and similarly defines an unauthorized person as someone not determined authorized by the executive branch.

Following the media reports, National Security Advisor H.R. The official questioned why - if Comey had concerns about his conversations with the president - the Federal Bureau of Investigation director hadn't shared them with the deputy director, the Department of Justice and Congress at the time.

Trump last week shared highly classified information with senior Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting, putting at risk a source of intelligence on the Islamic State group, according to a current US official.

Two former officials knowledgeable about the situation confirmed to CNN that the main points of the Post story are accurate: The President shared classified information with the Russian foreign minister.

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