Reuters/Kevin Lamarque U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos (not pictured) at the White House in Washington, U.S. May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RTX36HT8
What We Know So Far
- President Trump on Thursday said "no, no" when he was asked if he tried to get former FBI Director Comey to back off the agency's investigation into Michael Flynn's possible ties to Russia — Comey said he did in a memo he wrote to top FBI officials.
- Trump's comments came at his first news conference after the Justice Department appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the Russia investigation.
- The revelation that former FBI Director James Comey wrote a memo in which he alleged Trump suggested he drop an investigation into Michael Flynn has set off the most significant crisis in the administration to date, merging the Russia investigations and inquiries into why Comey was fired. Critics say Trump may have obstructed justice.
- Despite White House denials, the House Oversight Committee, the Senate Intelligence Committee, and the Senate Judiciary Committee have requested that the FBI turn over the Comey memos and other recordings for review. Senators have also asked Comey to testify both publicly and in private.
- The Republican Party is growing fed up with the Trump administration moving from scandal to scandal. Some Democrats are already talking impeachment — though leadership thinks it's too soon for that.
- Two US officials briefed on the matter told Our Source that Trump revealed highly classified information from Israel concerning ISIS in Syria to two senior Russian diplomats during their visit to the White House last week.