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19 May 2017

"But the accusation is serious enough that you couple that with what we've known in the past. It was very bad of him".

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, joking that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was remiss for not passing on what he made clear he believed were non-existent secrets.

Putin, who still hopes Moscow can fix battered ties with the United States despite a deepening political scandal in the United States related to Trump's purported Russian Federation ties, said Moscow had rated Lavrov's meeting with Trump highly.

The Senate intelligence committee first requested from the Federal Bureau of Investigation copies of his memos, said the panel's top Democrat, Sen. "Never stop doing what you know is right".

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"Imagine for a second that we in Russian Federation criticize our president for warning you Americans of a looming threat", Kosachev wrote on Facebook.

On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that President Trump had asked then FBI Director James Comey to "let this go" regarding the investigation into former national security adviser General Michael Flynn.

Citing unnamed sources, The Washington Post reported that Trump had shared intelligence with Lavrov regarding an Islamic State group terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on airplanes. US Representative Adam Kinzinger joined a small but growing number of Republican lawmakers who have said they would back some sort of independent investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election. "I think they're also trying to send a message to the administration that we need to get focused".

"We can see that political schizophrenia is developing in the United States", Mr Putin told reporters after talks with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in the southern Russian city of Sochi.

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"It's hard to imagine what else these people who generate such nonsense and rubbish can dream up next", said Putin, referring to unnamed USA politicians. "These people either don't understand that they are hurting their own country, and in that case they are just dumb".

Republicans from Colorado's congressional delegation appear more interested in seeking the truth of allegations that President Trump's potentially could have obstructed justice.

Trump has rejected the criticism, claiming he has the "absolute right" to share intelligence with Russian Federation so as to encourage Moscow step up their fight against terrorism.

Comey hasn't officially accepted the invitation, "but wants to testify publicly as soon as he can", one person who has spoken to Comey said.

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