Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

CIA Director Mike Pompeo to brief House intelligence panel

CIA Director Mike Pompeo to brief House intelligence panel

According to the Associated Press, McMaster, in a White House briefing, said: "In the context of that discussion, what the president discussed with the foreign minister was wholly appropriate to that conversation and is consistent with the routine sharing of information between the president and any leaders with whom he is engaged".

The White House has scrambled to respond to the intelligence scandal, at first denying the story, then arguing that it was "wholly appropriate" for Trump to discuss the information with the Russians.

Lee, R-Utah, said he wants an accounting of what was discussed.

According to the Times, Comey wrote in the memo that Trump told him Flynn had done nothing wrong.

A report in the Washington Post said Mr Trump had confided top secret information relating to an IS plot thought to centre on the use of laptop computers on aircraft. "The story that came out tonight, as reported, is false. The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced".

Like many U.S. allies, the diplomat represents a country whose intelligence agencies work so closely with the USA on issues like Syria that it would be very hard to stop that cooperation altogether.

The intelligence Trump shared with the Russians could be used to determine the source of the information, which came from spies for another nation and not from United States agencies.

The intensifying drama comes as Trump is set to embark Friday on his first foreign trip, which had been optimistically viewed by some aides as an opportunity to reset an administration floundering under an inexperienced president.

It's unlikely that Trump has broken any law.

A minor diplomatic spat emerged between USA and Israeli officials Monday while preparing for Trump's visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem - the first stop by a sitting U.S. president to one of the holiest sites in Judaism.

Trump tweeted early Tuesday that he had the "absolute right" to share "facts" with Russian Federation to fight terrorism and ensure airline safety. "That being said, I'm not going to comment any further on that", Spicer added.

The Justice Department declined to comment.

Republican Rep. Robert Pittenger of Charlotte could not immediately be reached.

Putin, who said Moscow rated Lavrov's meeting with Trump "highly", said Russian Federation was ready to hand a transcript of Trump's meeting with Lavrov over to USA lawmakers if that would help reassure them.

"This action is a threat to our national security, endangers diplomatic relations, and calls into question the administration's decision making", she said. "I think it's important to investigate these sorts of things".

A European security official said sharing sensitive information could dampen the trust between the United States and its intelligence sharing partners.

"That the Russians would be the potential recipients of this intelligence and may be able to determine its source is all the more problematic, since the Russian interest in Syria and elsewhere is, in many respects, deeply antithetical to our own", Schiff said.

The story prompted Sen.

Information is considered classified if "the national defense has required that certain information be maintained in confidence in order to protect our citizens, our democratic institutions, our homeland security, and our interactions with foreign nations". John McCain called the report, "if true, deeply disturbing". "It could have a negative impact on our national security". At one point, an eagle-eyed reporter spotted a handful of staffers, including Spicer and Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, walking toward the Cabinet Room.

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