Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Donald Trump said reporters leaking classified information should be jailed

Putin jokingly said his top diplomat needed to be punished because "he has not shared these secrets with us" during a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni Wednesday, avoiding an outright confirmation or denial that the reported incident did, in fact, take place.

"(Lavrov) didn't share these secrets with us - neither with me nor with the representatives of the Russian security services. "It was very bad of him".

Asked whether she still "has confidence" in Trump, she replied that: "We have confidence in that relationship between us and the United States, that it helps to keep us all safer".

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

As first drafts of the "Articles of Impeachment for Donald J. Trump" go viral via Slate, showing what an impeachment bill for President Trump could look like, President Putin is denying that President Trump gave secrets to the Russians. "While we are still learning about the extent of the special counsel's full scope of authority, I welcome this first step and urge the DOJ to ensure that Mr. Mueller has the resources and ability to conduct the investigation thoroughly, impartially, and without threat of retaliation".

"The Senate Intelligence Committee should be briefed on this important issue immediately".

"The last person Trump needs to vouch for him right now is Vladimir Putin", Schiff said in an interview with CBS News. Send it our way.

On Tuesday, national security adviser General HR McMaster said the intelligence sharing was "wholly appropriate" and based on "open source reporting".

In Washington, Republican and Democratic lawmakers said they wanted to see the Comey memo. He said he would give the Federal Bureau of Investigation a week and then "if we need a subpoena, we'll do it".

May, who was the first foreign leader to visit Trump after his inauguration and whose ruling party is expecting to win the United Kingdom general election next month, went on to praise Trump's "100% commitment" to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, saying it was "an important bedrock of our security and the bedrock of the security in Europe".

He also dismissed claims that Russian Federation is directly involved in USA politics as "funny" but said Moscow was now "concerned" because they feared the "nonsense" claims that could potentially follow.

The implication, however, is that the Russians may have a recording of some kind (audio or video) from which they would be able to produce a transcript. "Either they don't understand the damage they're doing to their own country, in which case they are simply stupid, or they understand everything, in which case they are unsafe and corrupt".

"As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity", President Trump said in a short statement.

The White House defended Trump's talks with Lavrov on Tuesday, claiming they discussed an Islamic State group terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft.

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