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Trump did not pass secrets to Russia - Putin

18 May 2017

Vladimir Putin has information on Trump's meeting with the Russian Prime Minister, and he's more than willing to release it.

Putin denied reports that Trump shared intelligence in the meeting, describing the media reports on the issue as "political Schizophrenia".

Michael Flynn and other advisers to Donald Trump's campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race, current and former U.S. officials familiar with the exchanges said.

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.

U.S. President Barack Obama's administration shunned such cooperation, citing the Kremlin's efforts to shore up Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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Adam Schiff, the highest ranked Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said this intervention by Trump, if correct, amounted to "interference or obstruction of the investigation", the BBC reporterd. Not with me, nor with representatives of Russia's intelligence services.

From Moscow, Kim reports that Putin also said that it's up to the American people, not Russian Federation, to assess Trump's performance.

And President Putin said: "If the USA administration considers it possible, we are ready to provide a record of Lavrov's conversation with Trump" to USA lawmakers, "If the American administration wants this, of course". "There is a recording kept by a special person present at conversations", Ushakov clarified to Russian news agencies.

Reuters reported that a Kremlin aide later told reporters that Moscow had a written record of the conversation and not an audio recording.

In a morning interview on Fox News, Republican Senator Marco Rubio too rubbished the Russian president's announcement. "And if it comes in an email, I wouldn't click on the attachment". Putin said on Wednesday that no secrets were passed, and he has the transcript to prove it.

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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". "If they want to send something, you know, hats off. But its credibility would be less than zero".

The US President was speaking on the day he faced calls to be impeached over his handling of the sacking of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey and his relationship with Russian Federation.

The New York Times reported Trump tried to get James Comey to end his investigation into Flynn during a February meeting, according to a memo the then-FBI director said to have written.

"At first, when we watched how this process of the internal political struggle was developing, we thought it was amusing, but today it is not just sad, it causes us concern because it's hard to imagine what else people who produce such nonsense will come up with", he said.

"They either don't understand that they are hurting their own country, and then they are simply dumb, or they understand everything and then they are risky and corrupt people", Putin added.

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On the Russian intelligence controversy, the Tories say it doesn't warrant a review of our information sharing agreement with the U.S., adding it's far more risky to withhold info form our allies than to have some of it leaked.

Trump did not pass secrets to Russia - Putin