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Donald Trump 'asked FBI Director to shut down Flynn investigation'

Donald Trump 'asked FBI Director to shut down Flynn investigation'

He did not deny discussing classified information. Other outlets, including The Associated Press, later confirmed that report.

The information had been shared with Trump by an ally, so his passing it along to Russian Federation violated the confidentiality of an intelligence-sharing agreement with that country, the official said. Here are the key points.

The intelligence Trump shared related to the Islamic State's bomb-making capabilities.

Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., said that if The Washington Post's report was true, it was "inexcusable". But Trump later contradicted his top aides when he responded to criticism by declaring in a series of tweets posted early on Tuesday morning that as president he had the "absolute right" to share the information as part of efforts to fight ISIS terrorism.

The disclosure was so sensitive that White House officials immediately contacted the National Security Agency and CIA after Trump's meeting to try to minimise the damage. However, a subsequent New York Times report identified Israel as the source of the intelligence. However, officials anxious he had given the Russians enough details to be able to identify the source themselves.

Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office last week. Now, the president's new national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, disputes that.

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McMaster also downplayed the significance of the information Trump revealed. "He made the decision in the context of the conversation, which was wholly appropriate.The President was meeting with the foreign minister about the terrorist threat".

Officials said the intelligence provided by the spy was so sensitive that it was shared only with the U.S. and was conditioned on the source remaining secret, ABC said.

That message was echoed by Yves Trotignon, a former counter-terrorism analyst for France's DGSE intelligence agency, now with risk consultant Riskeco, who said Trump violated a basic tenet of intelligence sharing.

Sen. Marco Rubio, among those who did hear from administration officials on Monday night, answered plainly when he was asked if he'd received any more clarity on what actually occurred in the meeting between Trump and Russian officials.

And then, the next day, The New York Times reported new allegations that Trump asked James Comey, whom he later sacked as director of the FBI, to close the investigation into contacts between the president's then national security adviser, Mike Flynn, and Russian Federation. The official said the disclosure came as Trump boasted about his access to classified intelligence.

Each day spent answering questions is about the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, or a meeting with Russian officials, or the firing of Michael Flynn, is a day not spent on tax reform, or health care, or remaking the judiciary with new appointments.

Information Trump shared with Russians came from Israel, official says
The disclosure also risks harming his credibility with USA partners around the world ahead of his first overseas trip. The president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known.I was in the room.

Canada certainly isn't stopping intelligence sharing with its closest ally.

"There is a special understanding of security co-operation between our countries". "If you are a country that is supplying or supporting North Korea we will call you out on it, we will make sure that everyone knows who you are and we will target sanctions toward you as well".

"We are willing to talk, but not until we see a total stop of the nuclear process and of any tests there", Ms Haley said.

In a statement, Israel's ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, said the partnership between the U.S and Israel was solid. "What the President shared was wholly appropriate".

However the revelations raised eyebrows on all sides of the political divide including from his own party. Now, White House officials have been very carefully wording their denial, saying the president didn't tell the Russians exactly how the information was obtained, what the intelligence community refers to as sources and methods.

White House officials and Republicans close to the administration say Trump, who campaigned on an "America First" slogan, wants to demonstrate leadership overseas on his visit with Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia, Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Israel and the West Bank, the pope at the Vatican, NATO leaders in Brussels and G7 counterparts in Sicily. "Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russian Federation to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism", he wrote in combined tweets.

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Corker told Bloomberg News that the White House was "in a downward spiral right now and they've got to figure out a way to come to grips with all that's happening".