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Ryan says no rush to judgement on Comey firing

Ryan says no rush to judgement on Comey firing

His offer added a freakish twist to the furor over Trump's intelligence disclosures.

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday urged against jumping to conclusions in the wake of a report that President Trump earlier this year asked then-FBI Director James Comey to end the probe of former national security adviser Mike Flynn.

Before speaking with reporters, Ryan told rank-and-file Republicans in a closed-door meeting that he supported the ongoing House and Senate Intelligence panels' investigations into Russian Federation hacking, as well as a third being carried out by the FBI.

The president and his aides have denied Trump shared any information that would have compromised sources or methods of gathering intelligence.

Putin said the anti-Russian sentiment in America is damaging the country and not allowing Trump to govern properly. Yet U.S. allies and some members of Congress have expressed concern bordering on alarm.

The FBI is also investigating former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's relationship with Russian Federation, a probe Trump apparently tried to stop, according to news reports.

Speaking at a press conference in Sochi, Russia, Putin dismissed allegations that Trump had shared top-secret security intelligence with Russian diplomats as "political schizophrenia".

On May 2, eight days before Lavrov showed up at the White House, Russian President Vladimir Putin was on the phone with Trump and made a request.

Trump, whose administration has been dogged by allegations that Russia helped him win the White House and that he and his allies are too cosy with Moscow, has defended his decision to discuss intelligence with the Russians after media reports of the meeting alarmed some U.S. and foreign politicians. But all the questions Ryan was asked Wednesday centered on the Russian Federation probe, Trump's firing of Comey and the Speaker's confidence in the commander in chief.

The development comes as the Trump administration faces questions over why and how the president fired Comey last week as the FBI was investigating whether Trump's presidential campaign was connected to Russian meddling in the election.

After news of the memo broke, the White House issued a strong statement of denial.

"Mr. Speaker we are talking about a president who fired the Federal Bureau of Investigation director who was investigating the president for his connection to Russian involvement in the president's election, " he said in his close to six-minute address.

People are asking if President Donald Trump obstructed justice - but what exactly does that mean?

'There's an investigation in the FBI, investigation in the house and an investigation in the senate. "There is plenty of oversight that is being done". 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. Putin asked Trump, according to the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the private talks. However, the call with Netanyahu was not publicized either by the White House or the Prime Minister's Office.

The memo surfaced a week after Trump fired Comey, a move Democrats claimed was linked to the FBI's Russian Federation probe. There was no mention of the other high-ranking Russian official that was in the room, ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak.

This isn't Amash's first foray into one of Trump's controversies. No Republicans have publicly voiced support for impeaching Trump.

Further, Comey had already been invited to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee before news of the memo came out.

"Memos, transcripts, tapes - the list keeps getting longer", he said. But now, there is potential for a paper trail - in the form of memos Comey was said to have written about his conversations with Trump - to be obtained and analyzed. Comey said he replied that "I agree he is a good guy" but said nothing to Trump about limiting the investigation.

McMaster, a serving Army general who is not steeped in counterterrorism, did not immediately realize the impact of what Trump had said, the USA official recounted. He used that phrase nine times in his briefing to reporters.