Trump says he has 'absolute right' to share facts with Russians

Cameron Gross
May 17, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to end the agency's investigation into ties between former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russian Federation, according to a source who has seen a memo written by Comey.

But it is important for Americans to know whether or not the president is acting legally, and the Comey memo, and Gurulé's legal analysis, strongly suggests Trump broke the law.

Trump began the discussion by condemning leaks to the news media, saying that Mr. Comey should consider putting reporters in prison for publishing classified information, according to one of Mr. Comey's associates.

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he will ask Comey for additional material as part of the panel's investigation.

- His dinner with Comey, in which he admits to asking the FBI Director whether he himself was under investigation, came the day after Yates informed the White House that Flynn's actions conflicted with what Vice-President Pence had said publicly - a conversation that revealed that the FBI was investigating Flynn.

Comey was "concerned" that the President was trying to "stop the investigation", the source told CNN.

Overlay that with Trump's repeated insistence that any investigations into Russian Federation were suspect, and it certainly seems believable that he might have tried to twist Comey's arm on the investigation into Flynn. Mr. Comey also drafted memos on every phone call and meeting he had with President Trump.

He told Comey that Flynn, who was sacked for lying to Pence about the content of his telephone conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak before the inauguration, hadn't done anything wrong. And lawmakers have alleged that the sudden ouster was an attempt to stifle the bureau's investigation into Trump associates' ties to Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

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He says he has ordered staffers to draft a letter to Justice Department officials seeking Comey's memos.

According to the memo, Mr Comey made no undertakings to the President, only replying: "I agree he is a good guy".

The Republican chairman of the House oversight committee says he will seek copies of any memos former FBI Director James Comey wrote about his meetings with President Donald Trump.

Multiple White House officials refuted the claim on Tuesday, including one who said a "conversation of that nature" did not happen.

That appeared to put him at odds with members of his own senior staff. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster denied on Monday that Trump had revealed intelligence sources and methods or military operations at the Russian Federation meeting.

Comey, who was known to keep a paper trail of sensitive meetings, chronicled the president's request soon after the February Oval Office meeting with the president, an associate who has seen the memo told The Associated Press.

"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, including any investigation involving General Flynn", a White House official said in a statement. The associate was not authorized to discuss the memo by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The source did not know how many memos Comey had written. The FBI concluded after an investigation a year ago that there were no grounds to pursue any charges against Clinton.

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