Putin willing to hand over transcript of Russian official's meeting with Trump

Violet Powell
May 18, 2017

"If the U.S. administration considers it possible, we are ready to submit a transcript of Lavrov's talk with Trump to the U.S. Senate and Congress, if, of course, the U.S. administration would want this", Putin said, according to the Russian-owned Tass news agency.

Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, which is among those probing alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA election, called Putin's offer "quite amusing".

The former head of Mossad's intelligence directorate has contradicted Donald Trump's claim that he has the "absolute right" to share secret information with foreign officials.

As first drafts of the "Articles of Impeachment for Donald J. Trump" go viral via Slate, showing what an impeachment bill for President Trump could look like, President Putin is denying that President Trump gave secrets to the Russians.

Trump is also under pressure over accusations he asked then-FBI Director James Comey to end the agency's investigation into the Russian Federation ties of former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn. "This is the most important defense and security relationship that we have around the world".

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied interfering in the US election. In the Middle East, the U.S. formally and informally shares information with several countries in the fight against ISIS and other terror groups, including Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey, among others.

In an interview with Adelaide Radio on Tuesday, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declined to address the claims against Trump directly but did reaffirm his confidence in the relationship between his nation and the U.S. "It is the bedrock of our national security".

Trump fired Flynn on February 13 on grounds that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russians.

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Israel's government has remained close-lipped on the matter. "The only topic discussed was the upcoming visit", the office said in a statement to CNN. You know, the meeting during which Trump leaked highly classified intel?

Israel is one of the United States' most important allies and runs one of the most active espionage networks in the Middle East. Mr. Trump's boasting about some of Israel's most sensitive information to the Russians could damage the relationship between the two countries and raises the possibility that the information could be passed to Iran, Russia's close ally and Israel's main threat in the region.

Trump, in a pair of Tuesday morning tweets, also defended the information he chose to share in the meeting.

He added: "The enemy can very easily identify and recognize where the information came from and start searching for collaborators".

Two Israeli intelligence officials confirmed to BuzzFeed News Tuesday that Israel had shared specific intelligence with the United States regarding ISIS plots to smuggle explosive laptops onto planes, and that it appeared that that intelligence had been shared with Russian Federation without prior coordination. Yatom said it appeared this information wasn't intended for the Russians.

"You don't just get intelligence out of thin air".

"But it is done on the basis of competence and trust".

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