Senate Russia investigators ask Comey to testify, seek documents

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Russian Federation sees "political schizophrenia" in the US after alleged sharing of intelligence secrets by President Donald Trump with Moscow, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.

Putin even suggested that Russian Federation share the records of last week's talks between Trump and Lavrov with the U.S. Congress, if the White House approved.

Mark Warner of Virginia, top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said he would ask Comey for additional material as part of that panel's investigation.

Comey had several one-one-one meetings and phone discussions with Trump. But GOP lawmakers have grown increasingly anxious since Trump fired Comey, who had been leading the bureau's probe - and after Comey associates said he had notes from a meeting in which Trump asked him to shut down the investigation into the Russian Federation ties of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Democrats and a number of Republicans said they wanted to hear from Comey, who was sacked last week a day before Trump met in the Oval Office with the Russian diplomats.

Russian President Vladimir Putin offered on Wednesday to provide Congress a transcript of President Donald Trump's May 10 conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Trump fired Flynn on February 13, on grounds that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russians.

Ryan said Congress needs to get the facts, but "it is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president". After the news broke of the Comey memo, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., stood in the chamber and said, "I say to all of my colleagues in the Senate - history is watching". But in the wake of reports that Trump asked the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to drop a probe into ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Trump's agenda is becoming increasingly complicated by scandal.

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House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz on Tuesday also asked for any documents written by Comey describing his communications with Mr. Trump.

On MSNBC following his speech on the House floor, Green said Trump "has committed obstruction of justice", and cited the firing of Comey as his reason for calling for the president's impeachment.

There is a partisan split in the new poll: 79 percent of Republican voters approve of Trump's job while 79 percent of Democrats and 50 percent of independents disapprove.

The next day, after the Comey news, the official revised their previous statement to say, "We can't even wrap up one Russian Federation fiasco before we're on to the next one".

Putin said he was pleased with Lavrov's visit to Washington last week but mocked the idea that Trump had shared secrets during the meeting, calling the allegations "political schizophrenia" and saying people spreading them are either "dumb" or "corrupt". He used that phrase nine times in his briefing to reporters.

The White House on Tuesday defended Trump discussing with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak an Islamic State group terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft.

The latest political storm, coupled with the still-potent fallout from Trump's recent disclosure of classified information to Russian diplomats, overshadowed all else in the capital and beyond.

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