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Trump knew Flynn was under investigation weeks before inauguration

19 May 2017

A third of the communications, according to the report, were calls between Trump advisers, including Flynn, and Sergei Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the United States.

"He learned [of] the president's decision to fire him and then he wrote his memo with his rationale", Sen. Comey wrote the memo documenting the conversation with Trump because he was uneasy about the president's request, even though the Federal Bureau of Investigation director didn't consider it a direct threat, said the person who received a copy.

Comey has since been invited to testify before two Senate committees, and has been asked to turn over his notes of his conversation with the president.

A subpoena of the documents and conversations remains a possibility.

The idea that Donald Trump illegally shared classified information with Lavrov came from a report by the Washington Post.

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"I think it's pretty clear I have more confidence in Director Comey", he said.

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

"Last week, the President tweeted a message implying that the White House may have recordings of interactions with Mr. Comey", wrote the ranking members of the committee, seemingly referring to Trump's May 12th tweet warning about "tapes" of conversations with Comey. "I'm not going to get any further comment on that".

The White House quickly responded, saying it never asked Comey or anyone else to end the investigation into Flynn. As a prosecutor for 25 years, I value due process.

"So, if you're talking about that, I see no secret here".

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"I place more trust in the account of Oval Office meetings with the National Security Advisor than I do with unnamed sources", Lamborn said in a statement on social media. "It is time for the American people to weigh in". I strongly support these bipartisan actions.

"We need the facts", Ryan said.

Mukasey later reminded his co-panelist that Obama may have violated that general principle when he played down the importance of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server in 2015.

President Donald Trump says that the appointment of a special counsel for the ongoing investigation into his campaign's ties to Russian Federation "divides the country".

Donald Trump has said he fired James Comey as FBI Director because he was '"unpopular", during a press conference with the Colombian president. Trump fired Comey May 9. Bill Cassidy and U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, R-Port Barre; and U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Bossier, did not grant interviews. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, called the recent revelations "deeply disturbing".

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We believe the issues raised by the Comey memos are so vital that the public should have access to them without delay. Comey also should testify publicly.