Putin says Trump did not pass on intelligence, can provide 'recorded' proof

He accused USA leaders of trying to stoke anti-Russian sentiment and drive a wedge between Washington and Moscow for political purposes. The extraordinary leak of Trump's private conversations in the Oval Office appeared to be a direct outcome of the president's combative relationship with the US spy agencies.

Trump says Comey 'better hope' there are no tapes of their discussion

Buried in the morning rant was a dangerously worded warning to James Comey, the recently fired director of the FBI: "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" The White House initially cited a Justice Department memo criticizing Comey's handling of last year's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails as the impetus for Trump's decision.

New Orleans Uproots Third Confederate Statue In Early Morning Operation

New Orleans Uproots Third Confederate Statue In Early Morning Operation

Three statues have been removed since New Orleans voted in 2015 to dismantle four Confederate monuments that it said were built to "celebrate the 'Cult of the Lost Cause". "The place for that history and to honor that history is in a museum ". In the news release Thursday, the city said it has received offers from public and private institutions to take individual monuments, so it will solicit proposals on where they will go through an "open and transparent selection".

President Trump says he did not ask Comey to end Flynn investigation

The statement also said the panel had asked Andrew McCabe, the acting FBI director, to send any notes or other memos prepared by Comey about communications he may have had with senior White House and Department of Justice officials in relation to the investigation into Russian Federation and the 2016 election.

Trump defiant, doubting top advisers as White House in turmoil, sources say

Trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation. Following Comey's abrupt dismissal, Trump contradicted his communications staff on the reason for firing him and admitted it was partially because of how Comey was handling the Russian investigation, touching off obstruction of justices allegations.

Trump denies telling Comey to back off Flynn investigation

Trump denies telling Comey to back off Flynn investigation

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, who is leading his own Russian Federation investigation through the Senate Judiciary Committee, said, "Congress is now pretty much shut down when it comes to all things Flynn". One striking piece of news emerged from Rosenstein's briefing: He told senators that he had already known Comey was getting fired even as he wrote the memo that Trump cited as a significant justification for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's dismissal.