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Trump asked Comey to shut down Flynn investigation

President Putin also lashed out at U.S. politicians whipping up what he described as "anti-Russian sentiment" for being either "stupid" or "dangerous". His offer added a weird twist to the furor over Trump's intelligence disclosures.

Trump asked Comey to end a probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's ties with Russian Federation, according to the reports.

Kislyak was with Lavrov at the White House when Trump disclosed the sensitive information. Trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation. Yet US allies and some members of Congress expressed concern bordering on alarm.

"If the US administration finds it possible, we are ready to provide a recording of the conversation between Lavrov and Trump to the US Congress and Senate", Putin said during a press conference. He dismissed outrage over Trump's disclosures as USA politicians whipping up "anti-Russian sentiment".

A US Senate panel investigating Russia's interference in America's elections and possible collusion with President Donald Trump's campaign team Wednesday requested that sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey testify before its members, while the Senate Judiciary Committee asked to receive any memos Comey may have written about conversations with Trump.

Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, which is among those probing alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA election, called Putin's offer "quite amusing". "I do have the ability to unilaterally issue a subpoena if need be ― hopefully, if this memo exists, they will turn it over voluntarily and swiftly, but we are writing a request as we speak".

Mr Putin said Russian Federation was ready to hand a transcript of Mr Trump's meeting with Mr Lavrov over to United States lawmakers if that would help reassure them.

Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said simply, "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House".

Mr Trump confirmed via Twitter that during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the White House last week he shared information related to a potential airline plot by Islamic State, thought to involve a laptop bomb.

The person had seen the memo but was not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Flynn's disclosure, on Jan 4, was first made to the transition team's chief lawyer, Donald McGahn II, who is now the White House counsel.

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

When Trump fired Comey, the White House said he did so based on Comey's very public handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation and how it affected his leadership of the FBI.

Soon after the firing, a Comey associate told the AP that Comey recounted being asked by Trump at a January dinner if he would pledge his loyalty.

Ryan said lawmakers want to hear from Comey about "why he didn't take action at the time" if his allegation that Trump asked him to stop investigating Flynn is true.

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. "Memos, transcripts, tapes - the list keeps getting longer", he said.

Asked what he thinks of the Trump presidency, Mr Putin said it is up to the American people to judge but his performance can only be rated "only when he's allowed to work at full capacity", implying that someone is hampering President Trump's efforts.

Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert reportedly alerted officials at the CIA and National Security Agency about what had happened in the immediate wake of Trump's revelation.


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