Russian crisis highlights Trump's incompetence as president

Posted May 19, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Moscow could provide a recording of the exchange between Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US President Donald Trump, but his aide later suggested he had meant a written transcript.

The White House is disputing a report that President Donald Trump asked Comey to shut down an investigation into ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn. It also asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation for any notes or memos written by Mr Comey about his communications with administration officials about the Russian Federation probe. Some on Capitol Hill are even whispering about the viability of Trump's presidency; a couple Republicans have joined Democrats in openly discussing impeachment.

"The appointment of former FBI director and respected lawyer Robert Mueller as special counsel for the Russian Federation investigation is a positive development and will provide some certainty for the American people that the investigation will proceed fairly and free of political influence", Senator Richard Burr said and Mark Warner, chairman and ranking member of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said.

But he made no mention of Trump divulging intelligence to Russian Federation that a USA administration official said had originally come from Israel.

Israel sought today to contain the fallout from Donald Trump's sharing of its intelligence with Russian Federation after the move cast a further shadow over the USA president's visit to the country next week. That conversation, and another one two days later between Mr. Flynn's lawyer and transition lawyers, shows that the Trump team knew about the investigation of Mr. Flynn far earlier than has been previously reported. "But we have an obligation to carry out our oversight regardless of which party is in the White House", Ryan added.

He said that democracy was at risk over the sacking of FBI Director James Comey because he was investigating the president.

John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said late on Tuesday that the developments had reached "Watergate size and scale".

The Trump administration rejected claims of nepotism after Ivanka was appointed as an unpaid White House employee and adviser to her father.

"While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn", a White House statement said. And legal experts say it could be hard to prove the president crossed a line.

But he then took a more serious tone, accusing Americans of "rocking the internal political situation in the USA under anti-Russian slogans".

The Washington Post first reported the allegations on Monday, saying Trump described details to Lavrov and Kislyak about how ISIS hopes to use laptop computers as bombs on planes.

Scott told CNN keeping up with Trump is like "drinking from a fire hydrant at times".

"If there is one conclusion that I've seen enough evidence on to get to a finding it is that the Russians had an active campaign to try to influence the presidential elections last fall", said Collins.

"Who is going to step out now and defend the president in these denials?" The White House flatly denied the allegation, pitting their word directly against Comey's.

But a Washington Post report Tuesday that he revealed highly classified information on the war against the Islamic State to two key Russian diplomats has cast him as a risky loose cannon.

The Daily Beast spoke with nine current and former Trump administration and law enforcement officials for the story, which paints a funereal picture of life in the beleaguered White House.