Putin: Russia willing to turn over transcript of Trump meeting with Russians

Cameron Gross
May 18, 2017

But a leading US Republican politician said he would have little faith in any notes Putin might supply.

According to The Washington Post, during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the Oval Office last Wednesday, Trump disclosed the location of a source about an ISIS plot involving the use of laptops on airplanes.

Israeli officials have declined to confirm whether they were the source of the information Mr Trump shared, but have been quick to say counter-terrorism coordination with the USA is strong.

Turning to Russia's alleged meddling in the US presidential election, Putin said he initially found the claim "funny" but said Moscow is now "concerned because it's hard to imagine what the people who produce such nonsense can come up with next".

However, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Mr Trump did not pass over secrets and dismissed the scandal as "political schizophrenia".

One US official told the Post that Trump had "revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies". "Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russian Federation to greatly step up their fight against [the Islamic State] & terrorism". "It's not very nice of him".

Putin said he was pleased with Lavrov's visit to the U.S. capital last week but mocked the idea that Trump had shared secrets during the meeting on May 10, calling the allegations "political schizophrenia" and saying people spreading them are either "dumb" or "corrupt".

A Kremlin aide, Yuri Ushakov, later told reporters that Moscow had in its possession a written record of the conversation, not an audio recording.

A US official who confirmed the disclosure to The Associated Press said the revelation potentially put the source at risk.

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"I spoke to him [Lavrov] today", he said at a news conference in Sochi. "I can not speak for Israel's entire security apparatus, but I would not trust a partner who shared intelligence without coordinating it with us first".

"The Senate Intelligence Committee should be briefed on this important issue immediately".

"If they want to send something, you know, hats off, send it our way".

After White House officials denied that the president had shared classified data inappropriately, Trump tweeted that he has "the absolute right" to share information with the Russians. US Representative Adam Kinzinger joined a small but growing number of Republican lawmakers who have said they would back some sort of independent investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election. He said he would give the Federal Bureau of Investigation a week and then "if we need a subpoena, we'll do it".

The fresh United States crisis sank the dollar early Wednesday as well as Hong Kong stocks amid worries that Trump's economy-boosting and tax-cutting agenda could be derailed, with some experts mentioning possible impeachment.

He said inciting anti-Russian sentiments in the US became "worrisome", adding those who spread them were either "stupid" or "dangerous" as they harmed their own country.

"I'm surprised to see them upsetting the domestic political situation in the United States under anti-Russian slogans", he said. "They either do not understand that they are harming their own country, which means they are just short-sighted, or they understand everything, and that means that they are risky and unscrupulous people", he emphasized.

Schiff said that the memo Comey wrote, detailing his conversation with Trump, "may be among the best of the evidence" in a potential obstruction of justice case against the President.

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