Vladimir Putin Openly Mocks Donald Trump for Sharing Secret Intel With Lavrov

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According to a memo written by Comey, the president asked him to close down the federal investigation into former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, and his alleged links with Russian Federation.

The day after the Department of Justice appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to the congressional investigations into Democrats' claims of Russian interference in USA elections, Trump said he respected the decision, but added: "I think that divides the country".

Comey reportedly wrote in a memo about a meeting with Trump that the president said to Comey of the Flynn investigation, "I hope you can let this go".

The fallout began this week following reports that Trump asked FBI Director James Comey to shut down a federal investigation into the president's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

According to reports from the New York Times, Comey reportedly created records of interactions he had with Trump which he deemed "improper efforts to influence an ongoing investigation".

Asked whether he urged Comey to ease up on the Flynn investigation, Trump said at a news conference, "No, no", before ordering the media to move on to the "next question".

Ryan said Congress needs to get the facts, but "it is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president".

Warner would not say if Comey had accepted the committee's invitation - sent Wednesday - but said he was confident Comey will appear.

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"We need the memos, Comey should testify and I still believe that a special prosecutor should be named".

But the memo documenting Comey's February meeting with the president that prompted that invitation may not be the only memo that exists.

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Putin also said that the scandal with that secret information was an act of "political schizophrenia".

"The president implied in a tweet last week that the White House may have recordings of interactions with Comey", Grassley said.

The White House said it was "not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Mr Comey".

But Ms May said she remained confident, highlighting the need to co-operate with the U.S. and other allies to counter the security threats posed by Islamic State and al-Qaeda.

But Graves said it would be inappropriate to speculate about obstruction of justice - potentially an impeachable offense - before an investigation is completed.