Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump Tells Flynn to 'Stay Strong' Despite Warnings from White House Lawyers

Though Putin seemed "gleeful" at his Wednesday news conference, coverage of Trump in Russian media has been "moderately positive" recently, said Anders Aslund, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, a foreign affairs think tank.

Trump praised Putin repeatedly during the campaign, hinted he may end USA sanctions over Ukraine, and pledged to work with Russian Federation in fighting Islamic State in Syria.

Trump fired Flynn in February from the key White House posting after routine us eavesdropping on foreign officials showed he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to Washington in the weeks before Trump assumed power in late January.

Congressional committees in the House and the Senate are also conducting investigations.

Then Collins wondered whether the Justice Department's appointment of Robert S. Mueller III to serve as the special counsel overseeing the criminal and counterintelligence investigation on Russian Federation might prompt a request for all congressional committees to stand down.

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Israeli intelligence keeps close tabs on its Middle Eastern neighbors and Islamic militant groups across the region. Newly appointed US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman visited the Kotel after arriving in Israel on May 15.

As for Mr Comey, whom President Trump fired last week, the FBI director wrote in a memo after a February meeting at the White House that the new president had asked him to shut down the FBI's investigation of Mr Flynn and his Russian contacts, said a person who had read the memo. Cohen is also reportedly being looked at by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for possible ties to Russian Federation, though he has denied any such connections.

He added, "When I made that decision, I actually thought that it would be a bipartisan decision because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side, that were saying such awful things about Director Comey".

The Times calls Trump's reported request "the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and FBI investigation" into links between Trump associates and Russian Federation.

"Comey was very unpopular", Trump said. "If it was a polite request saying, 'Oh, you know, he's a good guy, Flynn, I wish you'd back off this thing, ' that's not an obstruction of justice", Dershowitz said.

"We need a great director of the FBI", Trump said. The memo has not been made available to the public.

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Also on the agenda: the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders' meeting and dinner, with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Trump's upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia will be his first overseas trip since taking office on January 20.

The White House vigorously denied it all.

The FBI's reputation, he said, had been damaged during the presidential campaign, given "what happened with respect to the Clinton campaign".

Trump then spoke at length about his decision to fire Comey and indicated he thought it would be a more popular decision among Democrats.

Trump will begin his first multi-day overseas trip as president on Friday.

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Laws such as these, she said, are focused much more on the response rather than the prevention. And if the intercourse is nonconsensual, then it would by law be sexual assault.

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