Donald Trump 'asked FBI director to shut down Flynn investigation'

One: "President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized, and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre", Conway said February 3 on MSNBC. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and CNN identified the ally as Israel but two United States national security sources said they doubted that.

President Trump's decision to share highly classified intelligence about an ISIS plot with Russian officials last week endangered the life of an Israeli spy embedded within the terror organization, ABC News reported Tuesday.

Eliot Cohen, a former counselor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice under President George W. Bush, said on Twitter that if Trump had given the classified material to the Russians deliberately, "it would be treason".

Freeland kept to herself her thoughts on the news; whether she'd heard anything from the Americans about it; and whether Canada might have some concerns about intelligence-sharing with the Trump administration. "I have people brief me on great intel every day".

Prof Dershowitz said the president's actions and the subsequent leak to the Washington Post have jeopardised high-level intelligence. The White House vowed to track down those who disclosed the information.

Meanwhile the White House, which had tried to hose down the story yesterday, has changed tactics.

The ally in question is Israel, The New York Times reported on Tuesday, a country that Mr. Trump is scheduled to visit next week as part of his first trip overseas as President.

In a statement, Israel's ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer said the partnership between the U.S and Israel was solid.

But other nations appeared to be reconsidering.

Now The New York Times reveals it was actually Israel, which is "one of the United States' most important allies and a major intelligence collector in the Middle East". Such sharing "could be a risk for our sources", the official said. The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced.”.

The revelation was first reported by the Washington Post.

The reversal in posture from the White House Tuesday induced whiplash in a now-familiar way: Officials went from uncategorically denying the content of Monday night's Washington Post report to essentially admitting its validity but pooh-poohing its relevance.

"We continue to work with the United States and continue to share intelligence with the United States as we do with others around the world because we are all working together to deal with the threats that we face".

But McMaster told reporters the information was available through "open-source reporting".

Trump defended his actions in a set of tweets Tuesday morning, saying he shared information for "humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russian Federation to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism".

Collins - who did not endorse Trump during his presidential campaign - said the foreign policy goals of Russian Federation and the USA are not aligned and often at odds, making any security breach a potential threat to American interests.

According to AP, Mr Trump boasted about his access to classified intelligence during the meeting with Mr Lavrov.

According to the report, Trump provided Russian officials with information regarding the possibility of jihadists using laptops to carry out some type of terrorist attack on commercial flights, claims that McMaster did not mention in the denial.

"What the president shared was wholly appropriate", he said.

The new controversy left White House staffers, already under siege following last week's botched handling of FBI Director James Comey's firing, on edge.

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