Burr wants to talk to people at Trump-Russia meeting

But officials refused to answer specific questions, including what precisely the report had gotten wrong, ensuring it would dominate a week that White House officials hoped would be quiet in advance of the president's first foreign trip.

Putin spoke at a time when in the USA, talk of impeaching Trump has migrated from the fringes of political discourse to the mainstream, as NPR's Domenico Montanaro reports. Mr. Trump abruptly fired Mr. Comey in the midst of a continuing investigation into possible collusion between the President's advisers and Russian Federation.

Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was forced to resign after just over three weeks on the job after it was revealed he had discussed Russian sanctions with Kislyak and then subsequently misled Vice President Pence about those conversations.

Turmoil in the White House in recent weeks has overshadowed legislative priorities such as healthcare and tax reform eyed by Trump and his fellow Republicans who control Congress.

In the span of a single week, Mr. Trump has been engulfed by two political crises.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Republican chairman of the House oversight committee, sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday requesting that it turn over all documents and recordings that detail communications between Comey and Trump. Following a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Trump said only that his meeting last week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was "very, very successful".

USA lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle have voiced astonishment at the allegations and demanded a full explanation from the White House.

Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said simply: "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House".

The information reportedly came from a United States ally who had not authorised Washington to share it with Moscow.

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H.R. McMaster, Trump's national security adviser who grew up in the Roxborough neighborhood of Philadelphia, said the exchange "didn't happen" on Monday. Mr. Trump chose to share the details "in the context of the conversation", said Mr. McMaster, suggesting that it was a spontaneous move by the President and not a step he previously discussed with his advisers.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said, “We certainly dont want any president to leak classified information, but the president does have the right to do that.”.

The disclosure was so sensitive that White House officials immediately contacted the National Security Agency and CIA after Trump's meeting to try to minimise the damage. "The idea that this is Kumbaya, even between Britain and the USA, or Canada and the US, is incorrect", said Ms. Kayyem.

He did not deny discussing classified information.

But is he willing to use classified information as a bargaining chip to do so? The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and CNN identified the ally as Israel but two USA national security sources said they doubted that. An excerpt from an official transcript of the meeting reveals that Trump told them, "I get great intel".

According to officials, the information had been supplied by a United States ally - identified by some media outlets as Israel - in the fight against the militant group. Naftali said. And in 1986, Ronald Reagan delivered an address to the nation where he explained his decision to launch air strikes on Libya.

Trump's decision to share intel with the Russians could potentially strain U.S. relations with Israel, a key ally and major intelligence collector in the Middle East. Only a Russian Foreign Ministry photographer was allowed in to document the meeting; no USA media were allowed. Two other senior officials who were present, including the Secretary of the State, remember the meeting the same way and have said so. But the White House has provided differing accounts of the firing.

The Trump administration has been considering expanding the laptop ban to passenger flights from Europe just as the summer tourist season starts.

Trump's visit to the white marble lobby at Central Intelligence Agency headquarters on January 21, his first full day in office, was seen as an effort to bury the hatchet and start anew.

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