President Trump reportedly told Russian officials at the White House earlier this month that he “faced great pressure because of Russia” and that pressure had been relieved after his firing of FBI Director James Comey.
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It’s Friday, OnPolitics friends, and we couldn’t be more thankful. President Trump may be tired of the Russia talk, but if there’s one thing we know, it’s this: Russia appears to be connected to nearly everything. We think that the best way to lay out what happened this week is to just go through it all in chronological order, because there really is no better to keep track at this point.
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On Monday, the Washington Post reported that President Trump disclosed classified information while meeting with the Russian foreign minister and the Russian ambassador. What he reportedly talked about: the Islamic State has made advances in how to mask and implant bombs in laptop computers, in order to conceal them from airport screeners and take them aboard aircraft. While the White House initially said the story was false, Trump and Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, his national security adviser, have since defended the disclosure. The president also reportedly revealed the city where the intelligence was learned. That could potentially damage a foreign partner and our relationship with said partner. Who is that partner? Israel, according to the New York Times.
The Comey fallout continues
Somehow, it has only been 10 days since news broke that Trump fired FBI director James Comey. The biggest revelation to come out this week: The president pressed Comey to shut down the FBI’s investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who Trump fired in February. “I hope you can let this go,” Trump told Comey in a White House meeting. Reminder: Flynn had contacts with that aforementioned Russian ambassador prior to Trump’s inauguration. Democrats and Republicans alike…