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trump and comey – Google News: Notes made by former FBI Director Comey say Trump pressured him to end Flynn probe – Chicago Tribune


Chicago Tribune
Notes made by former FBI Director Comey say Trump pressured him to end Flynn probe
Chicago Tribune
President Donald Trump asked the FBI to drop its investigation into his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and urged then-FBI Director James Comey instead to pursue reporters in leak investigations, according to private notes taken by

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trump and comey – Google News: Trump ‘asked FBI to halt Flynn inquiry’ – BBC News


BBC News
Trump ‘asked FBI to halt Flynn inquiry’
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President Donald Trump asked FBI chief James Comey to end an inquiry into links between his ex-national security adviser and Russia, US media report. “I hope you can let this go,” Mr Trump reportedly told Mr Comey after a White House meeting in

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trump and comey – Google News: Comey memo says Trump asked him to drop Flynn probe – CBS News


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Comey memo says Trump asked him to drop Flynn probe
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President Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to end the FBI investigation into Michael Flynn’s ties with Russia and with Turkey, according to a memo written by Comey documenting their meeting, CBS News’ Andres Triay and Jeff Pegues confirmed …

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trump and israel – Google News: Trump’s intelligence gaffe creates tension with Israel – Politico


Politico
Trump’s intelligence gaffe creates tension with Israel
Politico
Israeli leaders are unlikely to let the revelation that President Donald Trump shared classified Israeli intelligence with Russian officials derail a critical state visit next week. But behind the scenes, U.S. officials may have some groveling to do in

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trump and comey – Google News: Report says Trump asked Comey to end Flynn probe; White House pushes back – Fox News


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Report says Trump asked Comey to end Flynn probe; White House pushes back
Fox News
The paper acknowledged it had not seen a copy, but said a Comey associate read parts of it to a reporter over the phone. The memo was presented as the clearest evidence yet that Trump tried to influence the Justice Department and FBI probe into Russian …

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trump and comey – Google News: White House disputes report Trump asked Comey to drop Flynn investigation – ABC News

White House disputes report Trump asked Comey to drop Flynn investigation
ABC News
The White House is disputing a New York Times report Tuesday that President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to end an investigation into the actions of Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser who was forced to resign in …

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trump and comey – Google News: Comey Wrote Memo Saying Trump Urged Him to Drop Flynn Investigation: Sources – NBCNews.com


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Comey Wrote Memo Saying Trump Urged Him to Drop Flynn Investigation: Sources
NBCNews.com
Fired FBI Director James Comey wrote a internal memo in which he said that President Donald Trump asked him to shut down an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, multiple sources with firsthand knowledge of the memo told …

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trump and comey – Google News: Sources: Comey wrote in memo that Trump asked to end Flynn investigation – CNN


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Sources: Comey wrote in memo that Trump asked to end Flynn investigation
CNN
‘Close it down’ is an instruction to stop investigating President Trump’s campaign. Richard Nixon was impeached in 1974 for telling the FBI to stop an investigation of his campaign. That’s what Watergate was,” Toobin added. “If (Comey’s) telling the

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trump and comey – Google News: Trump asked Comey to shut down investigation of Flynn, New York Times reports – Los Angeles Times


Los Angeles Times
Trump asked Comey to shut down investigation of Flynn, New York Times reports
Los Angeles Times
President Trump met with then-FBI Director James B. Comey in mid-February and asked him to end the bureau’s investigation into retired Gen. Michael Flynn, the former White House national security advisor, the New York Times reported.Comey wrote a …

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trump and comey – Google News: Trump reportedly asked Comey to end the investigation into Michael Flynn before Comey was fired – Business Insider


Business Insider
Trump reportedly asked Comey to end the investigation into Michael Flynn before Comey was fired
Business Insider
President Trump reportedly asked former FBI director James Comey to end the FBI’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn during an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo written by Comey, The New York Times …

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Russia influence in Eastern Europe – Google News: Ukraine’s Naftogaz Pays Back The Europeans As Russian Influence Dwindles – Forbes


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Ukraine’s Naftogaz Pays Back The Europeans As Russian Influence Dwindles
Forbes
This time its Naftogaz, arguably the country’s most important company, paying off a $300 million loan it had with the EuropeanBank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on Tuesday. Naftogaz used the funds between July and September, but the EBRD

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trump and israel – Google News: Information Trump shared with Russians came from Israel, official says – ABC News

Information Trump shared with Russians came from Israel, official says
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Israel was the source of the information that President Donald Trump disclosed to Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador in a meeting last week, an official briefed on the matter told ABC News. News of Trump’s disclosure, first reported by The

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Donald Trump – Google News: Trump Is a Stress Test for Democracy – Slate Magazine


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Trump Is a Stress Test for Democracy
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It’s not shocking that Donald Trumpa reality television star and poster boy for crude excessis manifestly unsuited for an office that even at its least challenging, requires unusual patience and ability. That much was apparent throughout the
If Donald Trump Were a CEO, He’d Probably Be Fired TodayThe New Yorker
From Russia with hate: Donald Trump’s catastrophic presidency offers more proof that racism and sexism are …Salon
The White House still won’t say whether Donald Trump is taping phone callsCNN
Washington Post –Politico –National Review
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trump and israel – Google News: Israeli intelligence ‘boiling mad’ over Trump disclosure: report – The Hill


The Hill
Israeli intelligence ‘boiling mad’ over Trump disclosure: report
The Hill
Israeli intelligence officers are boiling mad and demanding answers after President Trump reportedly shared classified information from Israel with Russia, according to a new report. Two Israeli intelligence officers confirmed to BuzzFeed Tuesday

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trump and israel – Google News: Intelligence Trump shared with Russians came from Israel – CBS News


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Intelligence Trump shared with Russians came from Israel
CBS News
The classified information passed on to Russian government officials last week by President Trump originated with the Israeligovernment, a source briefed on the matter told CBS News’ Pat Milton on Tuesday. The New York Times first reported that the …

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Donald Trump – Google News: Donald Trump is his administration’s own worst enemy – Washington Post


Washington Post
Donald Trump is his administration’s own worst enemy
Washington Post
President Trump’s first four months in office (a benchmark he hits Saturday) have been saturated with public relations crises that have tested his administration’s ability to respond and tested its cohesion. Unlike the early crises of the Bush

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Donald Trump – Google News: President Donald Trump is dangerously incompetent – Chicago Tribune


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President Donald Trump is dangerously incompetent
Chicago Tribune
A file handout photo made available by the Russian Foreign Ministry shows US President Donald J. Trump (C) speaking with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak during their meeting in the White …
Impeachment may be a real possibility for Donald TrumpSalon
The Donald Trump Impeachment Clock Is TickingThe Nation.
Democratic Congressman Says Donald Trump Has Committed An ‘Impeachable Act’BuzzFeed News
The Guardian –The Independent
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trump and israel – Google News: Israel provided intelligence Trump shared with Russia: report – The Hill


The Hill
Israel provided intelligence Trump shared with Russia: report
The Hill
In a statement to the Times, Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer said Israel has full confidence in our intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the years ahead under PresidentTrump..

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trump and israel – Google News: President Trump Fucked Over Israel, Just Like The CIA Said He Would – Jalopnik


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President Trump Fucked Over Israel, Just Like The CIA Said He Would
Jalopnik
Back in January, just as President Donald Trump was taking office, there were rumors of despair coming out of the intelligence community. President Trump couldn’t be trusted, veteran CIA officials were claimed to have said, and they told the Israelis

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Donald Trump – Google News: Donald Trump is making western democracy look really bad and making dictators feel pretty smug – Salon


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Donald Trump is making western democracy look really bad and making dictators feel pretty smug
Salon
President Donald Trump a possible future victim of checks and balances has delighted foreign autocrats, who look to our president either for justification for their despotism or, in some cases, just a good laugh. Now you guys can’t lecture

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trump and israel – Google News: Israel was the source of secret intelligence that Trump gave to Russians, NBC News confirms – CNBC


CNBC
Israel was the source of secret intelligence that Trump gave to Russians, NBC News confirms
CNBC
McMaster maintained that Trump did not do anything that would compromise national security, He also said that the president was not briefed on the intelligence source and that Trump did not reveal the sources or collection methods. The Post and other …

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6:31 PM 5/16/2017 – Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation – The New York Times | Israel Said to Be Source of Secret Intelligence Trump Gave to Russians – The New York Times

Israel Said to Be Source of Secret Intelligence Trump Gave to Russians – The New York Times

Israelis Nervous About Sharing Intel With Trump After Russia Gaffe – Vocativ
US, UK ban laptops, tablets on airplanes: What’s the threat? – Times of India
Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation – The New York Times
Analysis: Trump intel sharing risks damaging US alliances | WTOP
The Latest: German lawmaker questions Trump as security risk – SFGate
European official to AP: Country might stop sharing intel with U.S. – POLITICO
Russia denies reports that Trump revealed classified information to officials – LA Times
TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy – Moscow dismisses reports Trump revealed secret information to Russia as political pressure
Russia denies Trump shared classified information | TheHill
Trump and Putin exchange top secret information through Russian FM Lavrov – PravdaReport
“Maybe the Russians were the leakers!” Fox News offered a master class on spin Monday night. – Vox
Can President Donald Trump share top secret information? – BBC News
Someone has to yank President Trump’s security clearance
Vladimir Putin declares Trump mission accomplished: ‘Golf, glitz and gluttony are the key’
Amid Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Ruins, a New Push for Statehood – The New York Times

Videos – 5.16.17

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Россия и Саудовская Аравия призвали продлить сделку о сокращении добычи нефти на 9 месяцев – economy – YouTube
Эксперты предупреждают о возможной новой волне кибератак – YouTube
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Дерипаска подал в суд на американских журналистов – YouTube
За вирусом WannaCry могут стоять хакеры из КНДР – YouTube
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Программа “В рабочий полдень”: Сергей Собянин – YouTube
“Погода 24”: город Ракка ушел под воду – YouTube
Познер. Владимир Познер об оскорблении чувств верующих. 15.05.2017 – YouTube
Сборная России разгромила Латвию на чемпионате мира по хоккею – YouTube
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Белый дом: Трамп не обсуждал секреты в беседе с Лавровым / Новости – YouTube
SpaceX запустила спутник для Wi-Fi в самолетах – YouTube
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Posts – 5.16.17

News Reviews and Opinions: 4:45 AM 5/16/2017 – Gunmen Kill Prominent Mexican Journalist Who Covered Drug Cartels
News Reviews and Opinions: 7:50 AM 5/16/2017 – AP Exclusive: Chinese spent $24B on US, other ‘golden visas’
News Reviews and Opinions: 8:20 AM 5/16/2017 – Man accused of killing mother, then stabbing worker after walking into store with severed head – OregonLive.com
News Reviews and Opinions: 10:57 AM 5/16/2017 – Bragging about our intel to Russia? Trump is too needy to be president – The Guardian
Current News: 12:26 PM 5/16/2017 – Can Putin destroy Trump? – UK Progressive Magazine
12:34 PM 5/16/2017 – ‘Golf, glitz and gluttony are the key’ – SATIRE: Vladmir Putin, in quest of easy secrets, sets his golfers and flatterers on to Donald Trump – The World Web Times – wwtimes.com
4:30 PM 5/16/2017 – Scandals prompt discussion about the future of Trump’s presidency – MSNBC – The World Web Times – wwtimes.com
RUSSIA and THE WEST – РОССИЯ и ЗАПАД: Video Review: WannaCry: кибернападение на мир by BBCRussian | Дело директора ФБР by golosamerikius

5.15.17

AP Top Stories May 15 A – YouTube
AP Top Stories May 14 P – YouTube
PM Netanyhau meets Ukrainian PM Volodymyr Groysman – YouTube
White House tries to move on after Comey – YouTube
Гройсман о “беспрецендентной агрессии” России – YouTube
Putin plays piano while awaiting Chinese leader Xi Jinping, Beijing – YouTube
President Duterte sits beside Putin at welcome dinner hosted by Xi – YouTube
Putin holds press conference at Silk Road forum in China – YouTube
Тиллерсон: отношения с Россией худшие со времен Холодной войны – YouTube
Donald Trump set for first foreign trip as US president – YouTube
US Support for Syrian Kurds in Fight Against IS Likely to Dominate US-Turkey Summit – YouTube
Who will replace James Comey? – YouTube
Rep. Trey Gowdy in the running to replace Comey at FBI? – YouTube
PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode May 14, 2017 – YouTube
Will firing Comey trigger a constitutional crisis – YouTube
Report: GOP Senators Pulling Away From Trump
G.O.P. Senators, Pulling Away From Trump, Have ‘a Lot Less Fear of Him’ – The New York Times
American institutions are ‘under…
Republicans who are complicit in Trump’s abuse of power will soon have a big problem – The Washington Post
AP FACT CHECK: It’s far from case closed on Trump, Russia – The Washington Post
Don’t politicize FBI pick, lawmakers urge Trump (and hand over any tapes, they add) – LA Times
American institutions are ‘under assault’ by Trump. But do people care? – The Washington Post
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Posts – 5.15.17

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New round of Syria peace talks to open in Geneva – YouTube
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Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador – The Washington Post
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The White House isn’t denying that Trump gave Russia classified information — not really – The Washington Post
Clapper says Trump weakening U.S. institutions – The Washington Post
The FBI needs a nonpartisan director – The Washington Post
Former attorney general: Trump made the right call on Comey – The Washington Post
Here’s how the Russians might have snuck a recording device into the Oval Office – The Washington Post
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Trump again reveals his dangerous incompetence (opinion) – CNN.com
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5.14.17

U.S. Checks and Balances ‘Under Assault’ by White House, Clapper Says – The New York Times
Trump pledges to move quickly to name new FBI director | Reuters
Treasury unit to share records with Senate for Trump-Russia probe: WSJ | Reuters

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5.16.17 – Shared Links

Consternation on Capitol Hill over Trump’s Russia meeting – Washington Post
Libyan commander stages show of force on Benghazi campaign anniversary
Expansion of ban on larger electronics on airlines likely: U.S.
US envoy: North Korea is intimidating the entire world
Debris found in Bahamas from plane carrying four people – Sun Sentinel
Asia and Australia Edition: Cyberattack, Russia, North Korea: Your Morning Briefing
Search for Missing Plane Survivors Under Way After Debris Found Near Bahamas – NBCNews.com
Mexican journalists mourn, protest after deadly day
US aims to sway China on new North Korea sanctions after test: Haley – Reuters
Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation
Scandals prompt discussion about the future of Trump’s presidency – MSNBC
McMaster: Trump’s sharing of sensitive intelligence with Russia was ‘wholly appropriate’ – Washington Post
Hunting the cyber-attackers – BBC News
International inquiry finds sulfur mustard exposure in Syria
El Daily Stormer: Neo-Nazi website is now in Spanish, too
Four plead guilty in death of college student during ‘glass ceiling’ hazing ritual – fox8.com
Mexicans mourn well-known journalist as risks to reporters skyrocket – Washington Post
Erick Erickson: Trump’s Russia Leak Is ‘Far Worse’ Than Reported – HuffPost
Assad Regime Mocks U.S. Claims of Prison Killings, Crematorium
Israel Said to Be Source of Secret Intelligence Trump Gave to Russians
Kellyanne Conway denies that she dislikes Trump – Politico
Trump to Make Historic Visit to Western Wall in Jerusalem – NBCNews.com
Donald Trump is making western democracy look really bad and making dictators feel pretty smug – Salon
Trump’s comments to Russian officials appropriate to conversation, says McMaster video
Kellyanne Conway Denies Morning Joe Claims of Secret Disloyalty to Trump
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Consternation on Capitol Hill over Trump’s Russia meeting – Washington Post


Washington Post
Consternation on Capitol Hill over Trump’s Russia meeting
Washington Post
WASHINGTON Consternation and confusion overtook Capitol Hill on Tuesday as Republicans confronted revelations that President Donald Trump had disclosed highly classified information to the Russians in the Oval Office a day after firing FBI Director …
Hill Republicans Want ‘Less Drama’ From Trump After Latest ControversyNBCNews.com
McConnell Calls for ‘Apolitical’ FBI Director, Less Trump DramaBloomberg

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Libyan commander stages show of force on Benghazi campaign anniversary

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar staged a large military parade on Tuesday for the third anniversary of his campaign to control Benghazi, as his troops fight to secure two last districts in Libya’s second city.

Expansion of ban on larger electronics on airlines likely: U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Homeland Security chief John Kelly has not made a final decision on extending a ban on larger electronic devices on airplanes, but the department still believes an expansion is “likely,” a spokesman said on Tuesday.

US envoy: North Korea is intimidating the entire world

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says North Korea is intimidating the international community with its nuclear program, military ability and cyberattacks. Nikki Haley also says any country that doesn't implement U.N. sanctions is supporting Pyongyang….
Debris found in Bahamas from plane carrying four people – Sun Sentinel


Sun Sentinel
Debris found in Bahamas from plane carrying four people
Sun Sentinel
A plane carrying a woman from New York, her two young sons and a friend was overdue to land in Titusville, Fla. Monday and the U.S. Coast Guard is searching for them in The Bahamas. Linda TrischittaContact ReporterSun Sentinel. A plane carrying a …

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Asia and Australia Edition: Cyberattack, Russia, North Korea: Your Morning Briefing

Heres what you need to know to start your day.

Search for Missing Plane Survivors Under Way After Debris Found Near Bahamas – NBCNews.com


NBCNews.com
Search for Missing Plane Survivors Under Way After Debris Found Near Bahamas
NBCNews.com
The Coast Guard said Tuesday it’s now searching for survivors after it found a debris field in Bahamian waters where a plane disappeared while carrying a prominent New York executive and her two sons, along with the pilot. IMAGE: Jennifer Blumin in 2010.
Plane With New York CEO, 3 Others, Missing in BahamasBloomberg

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Mexican journalists mourn, protest after deadly day

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican journalists covered news conferences wearing black on Tuesday, and brought pictures of slain colleagues to rallies to put pressure on authorities to act against an escalation of murderous attacks on their trade.

US aims to sway China on new North Korea sanctions after test: Haley – Reuters


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US aims to sway China on new North Korea sanctions after test: Haley
Reuters
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks while Japan’s U.N. Ambassador Koro Bessho (L) and South Korea’s U.N. Ambassador Cho Tae-yul (R) look on during a press encounter ahead of an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council …
Guam residents cast wary eye at North Korea after launchWashington Post
US Intelligence Takes Increased North Korean Saber-Rattling SeriouslyVoice of America
Here’s what would happen if North Korea launched a real attackSTLtoday.com
New York Times
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Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation

“I hope you can let this go, the president told the F.B.I. director in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote.

Scandals prompt discussion about the future of Trump’s presidency – MSNBC


MSNBC
Scandals prompt discussion about the future of Trump’s presidency
MSNBC
There was a great moment on Saturday Night Live over the weekend, with a sketch in which Donald Trump was being interviewed by Lester Holt both portrayed by actors, of course and the subject turned to the president’s firing of FBI Director

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McMaster: Trump’s sharing of sensitive intelligence with Russia was ‘wholly appropriate’ – Washington Post


Washington Post
McMaster: Trump’s sharing of sensitive intelligence with Russia was ‘wholly appropriate’
Washington Post
President Trump’s national security adviser said Tuesday that the president’s decision to reveal highly classified information during a meeting with Russian officials last week was “wholly appropriate” the latest attempt by the White House to
White House under siege seeks to mitigate falloutCNN
Trump Defends Sharing ISIS Information With RussiaNew York Times
The Hill’s 12:30 ReportThe Hill
Politico –HuffPost –Los Angeles Times –The Boston Globe
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Hunting the cyber-attackers – BBC News


BBC News
Hunting the cyber-attackers
BBC News
The hunt is on for the cyber-attackers who struck last week and the first clues are emerging – but they are far from conclusive. The initial assumption was that a criminal gang was behind the attack because ransomware is typical of such groups out to

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International inquiry finds sulfur mustard exposure in Syria

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Investigators from the global chemical weapons watchdog found that two Syrian women were exposed to sulfur mustard in an apparent attack in Aleppo province last September, a report to the United Nations Security Council said.

El Daily Stormer: Neo-Nazi website is now in Spanish, too

How does a leading neo-Nazi website that has railed against Hispanic immigrants expand its audience beyond a loyal base of U.S. white supremacists? By publishing a Spanish-language edition, of course….
Four plead guilty in death of college student during ‘glass ceiling’ hazing ritual – fox8.com


fox8.com
Four plead guilty in death of college student during ‘glass ceiling’ hazing ritual
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Baruch College freshman Chun Michael Deng, 18, died from his injuries after fraternity brothers waited to contact authorities when Deng was unconscious as a result of a fraternity ritual on a group trip to the Poconos in Pennsylvania, according to

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Mexicans mourn well-known journalist as risks to reporters skyrocket – Washington Post


Washington Post
Mexicans mourn well-known journalist as risks to reporters skyrocket
Washington Post
MEXICO CITY Journalist Javier Valdez long chronicled underworld activities in the Pacific-coast state of Sinaloa, home to the drug cartel once led by Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán. Valdez wrote on the cartel’s internal power struggles, profiled its

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Erick Erickson: Trump’s Russia Leak Is ‘Far Worse’ Than Reported – HuffPost


HuffPost
Erick Erickson: Trump’s Russia Leak Is ‘Far Worse’ Than Reported
HuffPost
Erickson wrote that people close to the president find him too insecure to take constructive criticism as anything other than a personal attack. So sources have gone to the media in the hopes that the intense blowback may forceTrump to recognize his
Scoop: Trump, irked at cabinet and staff, mulls sweeping shake-upAxios
I Know One of the Sources | The ResurgentThe Resurgent

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Assad Regime Mocks U.S. Claims of Prison Killings, Crematorium

The state-run news agency, quoting an unnamed foreign ministry official, calls accusations of mass hangings and the burning of remains to hide the proof detached from reality and false.

Israel Said to Be Source of Secret Intelligence Trump Gave to Russians

President Trump escorting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel into the White House in February.

Israel was said to have provided the classified information about an Islamic State plot that President Trump disclosed to the Russians in a meeting last week.

Kellyanne Conway denies that she dislikes Trump – Politico

Kellyanne Conway denies that she dislikes Trump
Politico
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday denied a cable news report that she dislikes President Donald Trump and only works for him for the pay. My beliefs, commitments and loyalties are plain to see, she said in a statement posted to

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Trump to Make Historic Visit to Western Wall in Jerusalem – NBCNews.com


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Trump to Make Historic Visit to Western Wall in Jerusalem
NBCNews.com
President Donald Trump heads to Israel next week where he is poised to make history by becoming the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall one of the holiest sites in Judaism. Trump “will say a prayer at the Western Wall,” National
USEmbassyTelAviv on Twitter: “Welcome to US Ambassador to #Israel David Friedman. First stop- a prayer at the …Twitter

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Mark Meadows: McMaster made ‘concerning shift’ in favor of PalestiniansWashington Examiner
Trump to Visit Jewish, Christian Holy Sites in JerusalemU.S. News & World Report

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Donald Trump is making western democracy look really bad and making dictators feel pretty smug – Salon


Salon
Donald Trump is making western democracy look really bad and making dictators feel pretty smug
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What is ‘wholly appropriate’ to the White House? Pretty much whatever Trump says.

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There’s almost nothing Congress can do to stop Trump from giving out secrets

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Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation

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“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey, according to the memo. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey that Mr. Flynn had done nothing wrong, according to the memo.

Mr. Comey did not say anything to Mr. Trump about curtailing the investigation, only replying: “I agree he is a good guy.”

In a statement, the White House denied the version of events in the memo.

“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,” the statement said. “The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations. This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey.”

In testimony to the Senate last week, the acting F.B.I. director, Andrew G. McCabe, said, “There has been no effort to impede our investigation to date.”

A spokesman for the F.B.I. declined to comment.

Mr. Comey created similar memos — including some that are classified — about every phone call and meeting he had with the president, the two people said. It is unclear whether Mr. Comey told the Justice Department about the conversation or his memos.

Mr. Trump fired Mr. Comey last week. Trump administration officials have provided multiple, conflicting accounts of the reasoning behind Mr. Comey’s dismissal. Mr. Trump said in a television interview that one of the reasons was because he believed “this Russia thing” was a “made-up story.”

The Feb. 14 meeting took place just a day after Mr. Flynn was forced out of his job after it was revealed he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of phone conversations he had had with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

Despite the conversation between Mr. Trump and Mr. Comey, the investigation of Mr. Flynn has proceeded. In Virginia, a federal grand jury has issued subpoenas in recent weeks for records related to Mr. Flynn. Part of the Flynn investigation is centered on his financial ties to Russia and Turkey.

Mr. Comey had been in the Oval Office that day with other senior national security officials for a terrorism threat briefing. When the meeting ended, Mr. Trump told those present — including Mr. Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions — to leave the room except for Mr. Comey.

Alone in the Oval Office, Mr. Trump began the discussion by condemning leaks to the news media, saying that Mr. Comey should consider putting reporters in prison for publishing classified information, according to one of Mr. Comey’s associates.

The Trump administration has offered conflicting answers about how and why the F.B.I. director, James Comey, was fired.

Mr. Trump then turned the discussion to Mr. Flynn.

After writing up a memo that outlined the meeting, Mr. Comey shared it with senior F.B.I. officials. Mr. Comey and his aides perceived Mr. Trump’s comments as an effort to influence the investigation, but they decided that they would try to keep the conversation secret — even from the F.B.I. agents working on the Russia investigation — so the details of the conversation would not affect the investigation.

Mr. Comey was known among his closest advisers to document conversations that he believed would later be called into question, according to two former confidants, who said Mr. Comey was uncomfortable at times with his relationship with Mr. Trump.

Mr. Comey’s recollection has been bolstered in the past by F.B.I. notes. In 2007, he told Congress about a now-famous showdown with senior White House officials over the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program. The White House disputed Mr. Comey’s account, but the F.B.I. director at the time, Robert S. Mueller III, kept notes that backed up Mr. Comey’s story.

The White House has repeatedly crossed lines that other administrations have been reluctant to cross when discussing politically charged criminal investigations. Mr. Trump has disparaged the ongoing F.B.I. investigation as a hoax and called for an investigation into his political rivals. His representatives have taken the unusual step of declaring no need for a special prosecutor to investigate the president’s associates.

The Oval Office meeting occurred a little more than two weeks after Mr. Trump summoned Mr. Comey to the White House for a lengthy, one-on-one dinner in the residence. At that dinner, on Jan. 27, Mr. Trump asked Mr. Comey at least two times for a pledge of loyalty — which Mr. Comey declined, according to one of Mr. Comey’s associates.

In a Twitter posting on Friday, Mr. Trump said that “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”

After the meeting, Mr. Comey’s associates did not believe there was any way to corroborate Mr. Trump’s statements. But Mr. Trump’s suggestion last week that he was keeping tapes has made them wonder whether there are tapes that back up Mr. Comey’s account.

The Jan. 27 dinner came a day after White House officials learned that Mr. Flynn had been interviewed by F.B.I. agents about his phone calls with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak. On Jan. 26, Acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates told the White House counsel about the interview, and said Mr. Flynn could be subject to blackmail by the Russians because they knew he had lied about the content of the calls.

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Amid Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Ruins, a New Push for Statehood

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Statehood, Mr. Rosselló and his allies argue, would mean more investment in infrastructure, which would attract more businesses and create a more stable economy. Mr. Rosselló has also criticized Puerto Rico’s current relationship with the mainland as a “colonial status” that deprives its 3.4 million residents “of the right to political, social and economic equality under the U.S. flag.”

But Mr. Rosselló must not simply convince a wary Congress, which, by law, holds the key to Puerto Rico’s relationship with the United States. On the island, the “status” issue, as it is typically called, has for decades been the defining — and most divisive — question at the heart of Puerto Rican politics.

The three main political parties are not really divided along ideological lines; rather, Puerto Ricans know them as the party of statehood, the party of independence and the party that supports some improved version of the status quo. Voters in the June 11 referendum will be asked to choose among those three visions, and Mr. Rosselló’s allies are making a big push.

“Treasure your American citizenship,” read signs posted around the capital. “Guarantee it. Vote for statehood.”

But resistance runs deep. Jose Falu, 63, a black Puerto Rican who served in the Army from 1978 to 1984, was visiting the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in San Juan last week. He said he would like to see the commonwealth receive the same treatment as states — but not become a state. “I’ve lived in the United States during my period in the Army,” he said, “and they don’t treat the Puerto Ricans the same way as the Americans.”

Such is the swirl of complex feelings toward the mainland in Puerto Rico, obtained by the United States in 1898 as a spoil of the Spanish-American War. Its mash-up Caribbean culture has long encompassed strains of ardent American patriotism and concerns about the dilution of a unique Hispanic heritage, and its compatibility with the broader American project. In San Juan, the Capitol is adorned on the inside with paintings of Puerto Ricans who served with particular distinction and bravery in the American military. Abraham Lincoln’s famous quotation — “government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth” — graces the exterior.

Some Puerto Ricans believe that the best expression of that sentiment would be a declaration of independence from the United States, but their numbers are small: The Puerto Rican Independence Party has never won the governorship.

“I don’t feel optimistic at all” about achieving independence, said Humberto Rodríguez Ortiz, 29, an artist and bartender. “I just hope for it like a little kid.”

During the Cold War era, the F.B.I. tried to undermine the independence movement here, but it has also been weakened by the perks of commonwealth status. Though Puerto Ricans residing on the island do not vote for president, and their sole representative in Congress cannot cast a vote, they are United States citizens and may move to the mainland as they please.

It is an option Puerto Ricans have increasingly taken advantage of in their effort to escape the economic malaise on the island, where 46 percent of the people are in poverty and the unemployment rate was 11.5 percent in March. More than 400,000 have moved to the mainland in the past decade. As of 2013, there were 5.1 million Puerto Ricans living on the mainland, according to the Pew Research Center, while the number of residents in the commonwealth is expected to dip below 3 million by 2050.

The middle ground has long been occupied by the Popular Democratic Party. Its leaders do not want to abandon the autonomy that the current status provides, but they argue that serious changes are needed if the island’s economy is to be saved.

In an interview on Tuesday, Héctor Ferrer, the party president, argued, among other things, that Congress should modify the Jones Act of 1920, which prohibits non-American ships from carrying goods between the island and the mainland, an exclusion that he said pushes up the prices of consumer goods and gasoline.

But he also criticized the referendum language, and warned of the cultural losses that would come with statehood. “We will lose our autonomy,” he said. “We will lose our culture. We will lose our language.”

At their conventions last year, Democrats and Republicans expressed support for the ability of Puerto Rico to choose its status. But skeptics on the island wonder how seriously statehood would be taken in Congress, given that it would mean billions more in outlays for federal programs in Puerto Rico; and in the Trump administration, where the White House has taken down the Spanish-language page of its website and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has supported efforts to make English the official language. During a debate, Mr. Trump criticized Jeb Bush for speaking Spanish on the campaign trail, saying, “This is a country where we speak English.”

Mr. Rosselló’s New Progressive Party controls both houses of the legislature, but his critics note that he was elected in November with only 42 percent of the vote, and the two main opposition parties have pledged to boycott the referendum.

The crisis has driven some Puerto Ricans into Mr. Rosselló’s camp. Erick Storer, 36, became a convert to the statehood movement when he was laid off three months ago from his job in the pharmaceutical industry. The sector had thrived here thanks to generous corporate tax breaks created by Congress in 1976.

But Congress began phasing out the breaks in 1996, and they disappeared in 2006 — one reason, experts say, the economy has taken such a hit. With no representation in Congress, residents like Mr. Storer have been left feeling as if they have little say in policy making.

“We’re part of it, and we’re not part of it, and I don’t like that,” said Mr. Storer, who drives for Uber to make ends meet.

Others warn that statehood will not be a panacea. Among other things, Puerto Ricans would have to give up their current exemption from federal income tax for income earned in the commonwealth.

For some statehood supporters, the slim chance of convincing Congress of their cause is not as important as sending Washington a strong message. “It’s just so they can hear our voice,” said Marcos Díaz, 46, the owner of a moving company.

But there is also fear that the effort and attention being lavished on the referendum will be just one more distraction from the issues the island needs to address, among them corruption, nepotism and the need for a cleareyed economic plan. The last time a status referendum was held, in 2012, 61 percent of voters chose statehood, but the Popular Democratic Party instructed its followers to leave ballots blank, and argued that the end result had little merit.

“I personally think it’s a waste of time,” said Gretchen Sierra-Zorita, a consultant who works with a number of Puerto Rico organizations in Washington. “Puerto Rico puts so much emphasis on electing parties and party leaders that represent a status option as opposed to a good-governance option.”

Some of that sentiment was echoed last Tuesday afternoon at Yordy’s Mini-Market. A testament to Puerto Ricans’ enduring knack for industry and improvisation, it is part hardware store and part bar, with drinks mixed next to a key-duplicating machine during happy hour.

“Neither Republicans nor Democrats want us,” Roberto Reyes Villegas, 50, a carpenter who works for San Juan’s municipal government, said as he drank a Medalla Light beer.

Mr. Reyes described himself as a regular voter who was not loyal to any party. But he said he refused to participate in the referendum. It was little more than a distraction, he said, cooked up by what he called the “legisladrones,” or thieving lawmakers, who, he said, have been “sucking millions out of Puerto Rico.”

Mr. Reyes said the austerity plans had not touched his salary or benefits yet. And at age 50, he is taking a philosophical view of what comes next, paraphrasing Einstein’s contention that the distinction between past, present and future was a “stubbornly persistent illusion.”

He knows that the future is a more concrete and perhaps frightening proposition for his 18-year-old son. But his son, Mr. Reyes said, is smart and bilingual. If things get worse, he said, his son would probably just move away.

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Israel Said to Be Source of Secret Intelligence Trump Gave to Russians

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National Security Adviser McMaster: Trump’s Revelations to Russians ‘Wholly Appropriate’

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Erick Erickson: Trump’s Russia Leak Is ‘Far Worse’ Than Reported

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Erick Erickson says he knows who leaked on Donald Trump’s meeting with Russia

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Reuters: World News: Up to 100 killed last week in Central African Republic as militia violence spreads: U.N.

BANGUI (Reuters) – As many as 100 people were killed last week in militia violence in southern Central African Republic and fighting fueled by ethnic and religious rivalries is spreading, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

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Vladimir Putin has ordered his leading US-based intelligence operatives to rush to Greg Norman outfitters’ outlets and to make permanent reservations at the Mar-a-Lago restaurant in Florida.

“Forget all the skulking and working confidential sources and organising dead-drops and writing in invisible ink and playing Mata Hari,” Putin commanded. “We’ll never have to pay another ruble to traitors.

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President Donald Trump disclosed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister during their meeting last week, two US officials with knowledge of the situation say.

“All we have to do is get tight with glupyy* Donald.

“Golf, glitz and gluttony are the key.

“Flatter him, tell him his tee-shot is the best, and when you’re dining at his Lago place, catch his eye, tell him his daughter really has the tightest glutes and whisper a suggestion about what might happen to Alex Baldwin if he tried his rubbish on Moscow’s Saturday night TV. Make it graphic. Entrails.

“He’ll be all over you like a special escort at the Hotel Ritz Carlton at Red Square.”

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Mr Putin’s order to drop old-style fieldcraft in favour of recreational socialising at the top follows the revelation that Donald Trump merrily revealed highly classified information, including jeopardising a critical source relating to ISIS, during a meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister and the Russian Ambassador.

“Imagine,” said Putin, setting down a 200 kilogram barbell he’d been using for bicep curls. “He just invited them into the White House and spilled the corn.”

“Beans, your Fabulousness,” offered a nervous aide.

“Thank you. Now remove yourself to the cellar at the Lubyanka, you weeping sore,” snapped Putin.

“All that effort by our cyber patriots, our hacker army, our friends in WikiLeaks. Our extremely special services at the Ritz. Our infiltrations and helpful business deals with friends of friends.

“We never needed any of it.

“That Hollywood fraud Reagan said he’d won the Cold War. Such vanity. Such typical Yankee Running Dog hastiness.

“We’ve emerged victorious! We needed only wait for the duraki*. The kretin*. Our friend. Donald!

“The man who’ll hand us all the secrets and think he’s doing great.

“Get our teams to the golfing clinics. Grease the waiters at Mar-a-Lago. Make extra appointments for our diplomats at the White House.

“But hurry! Make all haste. Before his idioty* supporters finally understand what they’ve got to do.

“Now, hand me the the Kalashnikov. There are bear to hunt.”

*Russian words all roughly meaning “moron”.

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning claimed he has “the absolute right” to share intelligence with the Russian government, while doing little to deny that he allegedly divulged highly classified information to a foreign adversary during an Oval

“Maybe the Russians were the leakers!” Fox News offered a master class on spin Monday night.

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Just after 5 pm on Monday, the Washington Post released a bombshell report alleging that President Donald Trump shared an ally’s “highly classified” information with Russian officials at the White House last week. By 6 pm, Fox News had assembled an …
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US President Donald Trump handed over secret data to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak during the visit of the Russian delegation to Washington, reports The Washington Post.

The information concerned Islamic State (ISIL) terrorist organisation (banned in Russia). Thus, President Trump jeopardised the source in the United States that had provided information to the US administration about the terrorists.

The US administration obtained the information through a secret data exchange mechanism. Messages in the mechanism are only available to a limited number of people in US power structures, not to mention the fact that the US does not disclose any information from the source to its allies. However, Trump has decided to break the tradition, without receiving permission from the source.

It was reported that US officials took urgent measures to curb the damage by contacting the CIA and the National Security Agency.

Later, however, the US refuted the transfer of secret information to Lavrov. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that President Trump discussed only the nature of specific threats with Lavrov.

During his visit to Washington, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov conveyed a message from Russian President Putin to US President Trump. The Kremlin confirmed the information adding that the contacts between the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry and the US president were carried out during the conversation that took place between the leaders of the two states. No further details were revealed.

UPDATE: Officials spokesperson for the Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, said that the above-mentioned article in The Washington Post about the exchange of secret information between Putin and Trump was fake news that deserves no attention.

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This handout photo released by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, shows President Donald Trump meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The Washington Post is reporting that Trump revealed highly classified information about Islamic State militants to Russian officials during a meeting at the White House last week. The newspaper cites current and former U.S. officials who say Trump jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on IS in his conversations with the Russian foreign minister and the Russian ambassador to the U.S. They say Trump offered details about an IS terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft.(Russian Foreign Ministry via AP)

President Donald Trump is spilling secrets big league.

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President Trump revealed highly classified information to two Russian diplomats in the Oval office last week.

The report implied it happened as he was bragging about how great our intel is.

Now, it may turn out to have been a carefully calculated, highly strategic move that will enhance our national security like you’ve never seen.

But whatever he disclosed, it has left even some Republicans worried that our allies and even the CIA itself are just not going to send sensitive information to the White House anymore.

There’s only one solution: Someone has to yank his security clearance.

You say, Dave, who is going to yank the president’s security clearance?

President Trump should.

“Why are these people with great knowledge of the inner workings of our country and security, why are they giving Hillary Clinton briefings?” he said July 27, 2016.

He understands the importance of keeping your mouth shut.

“I know, at some point, they’re going to be calling and they’re going to want to brief me, but I’m not a talker about this stuff,” he explained.

Trump was determined to save us from someone who simply stored a secret improperly.

“I don’t think it’s safe to have Hillary Clinton be briefed on national security because the word will get out.”

Trump must now yank his own security clearance for 90 days until he can undergo extreme vetting.

But Dave, you say, that’s silly! Just impeach him!

Sorry. The standard for impeachment in America is lying about sex under oath. Say what you want, this president has been more than candid when it comes to sex.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — For months, U.S. allies have anxiously wondered if President Donald Trump could be trusted with some of the world’s most sensitive national security secrets.

Now, just a few days before Trump’s debut on the international stage, he’s giving allies new reasons to worry. A U.S. official said Trump revealed highly classified information about an Islamic State plot to senior Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting last week. The information had been obtained by a U.S. partner and shared with Washington, according to the official.

“If it proves to be true that the American president passed on internal intelligence matters, that would be highly worrying,” Burkhard Lischka, a senior German lawmaker, said in a statement to The Associated Press.

A second European official told the AP that their country might stop sharing intelligence with the United States as a result of Trump’s disclosure to Russia.

The revelations — which Trump appeared to verify in a pair of tweets Tuesday morning — are sure to shadow the president as he embarks Friday on his first overseas trip as president. After high-stakes visits to Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican, he’ll meet some of Washington’s strongest European partners at a NATO summit in Brussels and the Group of 7 meeting in Sicily. Some of the leaders he’ll meet come from countries the U.S. has intelligence-sharing agreements with.

Sen. John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, said Trump actions send “a troubling signal to America’s allies and partners around the world and may impair their willingness to share intelligence with us in the future.”

Trump has a contentious relationship with American spy agencies. He’s questioned the competence of intelligence officials, challenged their assessment that Russia meddled in last year’s election to help him win, and accused them of leaking information about him and his associates.

The leaks have only continued to flow.

According to the U.S. official, Trump shared details with top Russian officials about an Islamic State terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft. The Washington Post first reported the disclosure.

White House officials disputed the report, saying Trump did not disclose intelligence sources or methods with the Russians, though they did not deny that classified information was disclosed in the May 10 meeting. And by Tuesday morning, Trump was justifying his actions, writing on Twitter that he had an “absolute right” to share the information about “terrorism and airline flight safety” with Russia.”

The U.S. and Western officials spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss sensitive information.

The White House has looked to Trump’s trip abroad as a moment to draw the president out of Washington’s hyper-partisan hothouse and put him in a more statesman-like setting. He’s expected to be warmly received by Arab allies in Saudi Arabia, who welcomed his decision to launch missiles against a Syrian air base following a chemical weapons attack, and in Israel, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu views Trump as more favorable to his interests than former President Barack Obama.

But some of the European partners Trump will meet later in his trip have been more skeptical about his policies, including a controversial travel and immigration ban that’s been blocked by U.S. courts. Western allies, including Britain and Germany, have also been wary of Trump’s warmness toward Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was kicked out of the summit of leading economic powers after Moscow’s annexation of territory from Ukraine.

The White House’s botched handling of Trump’s firing last week of FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing the bureau’s Russia probe, and the president’s own volatile statements about his actions are also likely to raise questions among allies about the U.S. leader’s standing.

Anthony Cordesman, a national security expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said allies will be trying to size up Trump’s “actual political strength relative to the divisions with Congress, the problems within his own party.”

“Can he move forward with his own agenda? That will certainly be a question as he visits any country overseas,” Cordesman said.

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Editor’s Note: Julie Pace has covered the White House and politics for The Associated Press since 2007. Follow her at <a href=”http://twitter.com/jpaceDC” rel=”nofollow”>http://twitter.com/jpaceDC</a>

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A senior European intelligence official told the Associated Press that his country might stop sharing information with the United States if it confirms that President Donald Trump shared classified details with Russian officials.

Such sharing “could be a risk for our sources,” the official said.

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The official spoke only on condition that neither he nor his country be identified, because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

At the White House, Trump said in his tweets, “I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining … to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.”

Trump shared details about an Islamic State terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, a senior U.S official told AP. The classified information had been shared with the president by an ally, violating the confidentiality of an intelligence-sharing agreement with that country, the official said.

Trump later was informed that he had broken protocol and White House officials placed calls to the National Security Agency and the CIA looking to minimize any damage.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly, would not say which country’s intelligence was divulged.

The disclosure put a source of intelligence on the Islamic State at risk, according to The Washington Post, which first reported the disclosure on Monday.

The CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have declined to comment.

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Donald Trump has once again found himself at the centre of a storm – this time for reportedly sharing “codeword classified” information with the Russian ambassador.

The information, which related to the use of laptops on aircraft, is understood to have been passed to the Americans by an ally who had apparently chosen not to share it with Moscow.

It was marked “codeword classified”, and was highly sensitive.

Mr Trump has now said he “had the absolute right” to tell the Russians “acts pertaining to terrorism and airline safety”.

So what are the rules around confidential information, and does he really have the right?

What is classification?

According to an executive order signed by Barack Obama in 2009, something is considered classified if “the national defence 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”.

Once it is classified, the sharing of that material could lead to prosecution. However, there is no law against it.

What do the different levels of classification mean?

There are three different levels of classification

  • Top secret is the highest level, and is information the government believes could “reasonably… be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security”. According to The Economist, about 1.4 million people have access to these documents.
  • Secret is for information which could “reasonably… be expected to cause serious damage”.
  • Confidential applies to information which could simply “cause damage to the national security”. Most military personnel have this level of clearance.

However, there is also a way to add a second level of clearance to top secret. It is administered by the CIA, and allows only those with the codeword access to the information. The material discussed by Mr Trump with the Russians was under a codeword, sources told the Washington Post.

These classifications are given by either the US president, vice-president, but more usually the heads of the various intelligence agencies.

How do things get ‘declassified’?

When the classification is set, a timescale for declassification is set. In some cases, it may be an event which will signal that the information can now be made public, in others an actual date. If neither of these things are obvious, it will be automatically set for 10 years’ time. However, it could also be kept classified for 25 years.

Importantly, no information should be classified indefinitely.

Is there a presidential loophole?

In short, yes.

Declassification before the agreed time – or even just downgrading its classification level – is a decision for the person who originally gave the information that level of security, their successor or supervisor. The Director of National Intelligence can downgrade or declassify an item, after consultation with the relevant heads of department.

However, the rules for classification are considered part of the president’s constitutional powers – so if he wants to declassify something, he can, according to the New York Times.

Steven Aftergood, a government secrecy specialist with the Federation of American Scientists, explained to the newspaper: “It is an expression of presidential authority, and that means that the president and his designees decide what is classified, and they have the essentially unlimited authority to declassify at will.

“The president defines the terms of the security clearance system and the parameters that determine who may be given access to classified information.”

What would happen if anyone else shared confidential information?

In theory, they would lose their security clearance, or even end up in prison, prosecuted under the espionage laws. Edward Snowden leaked top secret information, and ended up seeking asylum in Russia in order to avoid prosecution.

But it seems there is no hard and fast rule: American news site The Hill pointed out last year that the punishments seemed to vary based on who you were, not the information you leaked.

What does this mean for intelligence sharing in the future?

If Mr Trump has shared highly sensitive information, he has broken a “golden rule”, the BBC’s security correspondent Frank Gardner has said.

“There is a golden rule in the world of espionage that when one government supplies intelligence to another it must not be passed on to a third party without permission of the original supplier,” he said.

“The reason is simple: it could put the lives of their human informants at risk.”

But will this make US allies think twice about sharing information with their American counterparts?

Potentially not. Some in the international community have already sought to play down the implications of what Mr Trump may or may not have done.

New Zealand’s foreign affairs minister Gerry Brownlee said Russia and the US needed to work closely together, and cited the Trump administration’s denial of the story.

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MOSCOW, May 16. /TASS/. The Washington Post’s report saying that US President Donald Trump had revealed classified information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during their White House meeting is part of the political pressure that the Trump administration has been facing, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

“It is part of the campaign which began before the US presidential election and has been going on since then,” she said in an interview with the Russian Kommersant FM radio station. “This is another attempt to exert pressure on the new US administration and make deals related to various political appointments and lobbying. We can’t even say now that the media are biased because they are openly fulfilling a political order,” the Russian diplomat added.

According to Zakharova, the Washington Post did not provide evidence to back up allegations about some classified information revelation. “The article mentions no evidence, it is based on information received from some sources. Actually, there is a typical pattern concerning the way that such articles come out and the response that they get,” the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman pointed out.

The Washington Post said earlier that “President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former US officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.”

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Israel is on edge following a late Monday night bombshell report in the Washington Post that said President Donald Trump had “spontaneously” revealed espionage secrets to the Russians last week in a move that, if confirmed, could endanger the American war on terror abroad.

The highly classified intelligence is believed to pertain to Jordan, a critical U.S. ally who has been at the forefront of fighting the Islamic State, and the use of laptop computers to bomb airplanes. It was given up during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the Russian ambassador in the Oval Office last week, current and former American government officials told the Washington Post. It seems that Trump spontaneously blurted out, “I get great intel. I have people brief me on great intel every day,” without taking into account moves to increase U.S. leverage against the Russians, who hold opposing interests in the war in Syria.

“Some within the [Israeli] government are very concerned by the signs coming out from Washington: that there’s not exactly a shift in regards to Israel and the region, but there are certainly unexpected signs which are very different from what we expected” from Trump the candidate, said Oded Eran, a former Israeli ambassador to Jordan and fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv. He said that Israel still sees the U.S. as a critical security ally with which it pursues cooperation, but that it has also been developing security agreements with India and other Asian countries.

Trump is scheduled to speak with King Abdullah of Jordan on Tuesday, spurring speculation that the classified information, which was so sensitive that it was not widely shared with American officials or with other allies, belonged to the Jordanians.

Since Trump took office in January, Israeli intelligence officials have been re-assessing their intelligence sharing strategies, worried that any information passed on to Trump could be leaked to Russia and onward to Iran, which backs its proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon. Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah said earlier this month that Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Hezbollah were “in more harmony politically and militarily than at any time.”

In closed-door meetings, American intelligence officials “warned” their Israeli counterparts about sharing classified information to Trump, given the president’s suspicious relationship with Russia, according to a report by Ronen Bergman in the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot.

“American officials have said that they believe the Kremlin to have ‘leverages of pressure’ over Trump,” wrote Bergman, who added that U.S.-Israel intelligence cooperation has been increasing over the past decade, targeting Iran and, in some cases, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.

“If Israel’s secrets are not secure in the hands of the American spy agencies, that would cause a very serious danger to the security of the state of Israel,” he wrote.

Constitutional law scholar Alan Dershowitz said in an interview on MSNBC that Trump did not break the law in revealing the information to the Russians, since the president is authorized to declassify government secrets as he sees fit, and so the allegations would not be grounds for impeachment. But if the Washington Post report is confirmed, the act would be even more serious than the crimes usually under debate in discussions of impeachment, he said.

Trump’s leak to the Russians “could compromise sources and methods and also result in a cutoff of information from American allies to the United States, as the result of which we would all suffer and be in danger,” said Dershowitz.

The White House press team has not answered any questions regarding the revelation, besides saying that “this story is false. The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced,” Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell said on Monday night in an official statement.

The latest chapter in the Russia saga comes as Trump faces rising pressure on the question of his campaign’s possible collusion with the Russian government. Trump’s abrupt dismissal of FBI director James Comey has not halted the FBI investigation into the issue, which the issuing of grand jury subpoenas indicate is charging forward into the next, more serious phases. The Washington Post or other news organizations may also release further details, which are being withheld on the request of officials who said that their secrecy was needed to protect American intelligence capabilities.

The dramatic is also overshadowing Trump’s first international visit to Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Vatican.

In Israel, chaos is already reigning, after a U.S. official on Monday told his Israeli counterparts that the Western Wall, a holy site in Jerusalem, is “not your territory.” Trump’s Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt, who landed in Israel on Monday, has reportedly advised the Israelis to “refrain from getting into confrontations with the president and to help him implement his Middle Eastern policies.”

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the report that President Donald Trump shared classified information with Russian officials (all times EDT):

8:25 a.m.

A senior German lawmaker has expressed concern about reports that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about the Islamic State group to Russian officials.

Burkhard Lischka said in a statement to The Associated Press that “if it proves to be true that the American president passed on internal intelligence matters that would be highly worrying.”

Lischka, who sits on the German parliament’s intelligence oversight committee, noted that Trump has access to “exclusive and highly sensitive information including in the area of combating terrorism.”

The Social Democratic Party lawmaker said that if the U.S. president “passes this information to other governments at will, then Trump becomes a security risk for the entire western world.”

President Trump reportedly revealed highly classified information about ISIS to Russian foreign minister during their meeting last week. Trump disclosed details about a plot to use laptop computers in terror attacks to Sergei Lavrov. The information was believed to be provided to Trump by an American ally through an intelligence sharing arrangement. The Washington Post said the intelligence partner did not give permission for the information to be shared with Russia.

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Germany is heavily dependent on U.S. intelligence.

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8:25 a.m.

The Kremlin has dismissed reports that Donald Trump shared classified information with Russian officials last week as “complete nonsense.”

The Washington Post‘s report on Monday claimed that the revelation made by Trump during his meeting with visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov put a source of intelligence on the Islamic State at risk.

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday dismissed the reports as “yet more nonsense” and said that Moscow doesn’t “want to have to do anything with it,” adding that “there is nothing to confirm or deny.”

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7:25 a.m.

President Donald Trump is using Twitter to defend his sharing of information with the Russians.

Trump says he wanted to share with Russia “facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety.” He notes that as president, he has an “absolute right” to do this.

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The Washington Post reported Monday that Trump divulged highly classified “code-word” information that could enable the Russians to trace the source of the intelligence.

Trump added a line in his tweet suggesting why he did it: “Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.”

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6:40 a.m.

Russia’s foreign ministry spokesman has denied reports that President Donald Trump revealed classified information to senior officials during the Russian minister’s visit to the Oval Office last week.

The Washington Post reported on Monday that the revelation put a source of intelligence on the Islamic State at risk.

Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry, on Facebook on Tuesday described the reports as “yet another fake.”

The reports came several days after the White House faced criticism for a possible security breach after it allowed a Russian news service photographer into the Oval Office to snap photos of Trump with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak last week.

—Associated Press reporter Paisley Dodds in London.

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4:30 a.m.

Jordan says King Abdullah II is to speak by phone Tuesday with President Donald Trump.

The Royal Court says arrangements for the call were made last week.

The conversation will take place amid a report by The Washington Post that Trump revealed highly classified information to senior Russian officials at a meeting last week, putting a source of intelligence about the Islamic State extremist group at risk.

Jordan is a key ally in the U.S.-led international military coalition against Islamic State, which controls territory in neighboring Syria and Iraq.

The Post, citing current and former U.S. officials, says Trump shared details about an Islamic State terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.

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3:30 a.m.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull won’t comment on a Washington Post report that President Donald Trump revealed classified information to Russian officials, or say whether the report will affect Australia’s intelligence-sharing agreement with the U.S.

Australia is a member of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing program with the U.S., Canada, Britain and New Zealand.

Turnbull declined to comment specifically on the report, but said during an interview Tuesday with Adelaide radio station 5AA that he is confident in the Australia-U.S. alliance. Turnbull called it “the bedrock of our national security.”

New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee said in a statement that the report was rejected by senior U.S. officials. Brownlee said a resolution to the situation in Syria requires a concerted effort from the U.S. and Russia. Brownlee said he hopes the meeting between Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov “is a step towards that.”

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3:13 a.m.

President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to senior Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting last week, putting a source of intelligence on the Islamic State at risk, The Washington Post reported.

The disclosure late Monday drew strong condemnation from Democrats and a rare rebuke of Trump from some Republican lawmakers. White House officials denounced the report, saying the president did not disclose intelligence sources or methods to the Russians, though officials did not deny that classified information was disclosed in the May 10 meeting.

H.R. McMaster, Trump’s national security adviser, said: “The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries including threats to civil aviation. At no time, at no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed and the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known.”

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Donald Trump Defends Sharing Intelligence With Russia

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