Facing British prime minister, Trump vows to plug leaks … FBI declines to provide materials to House Oversight

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May 25, 2017   |   by Daniella Diaz

Facing British prime minister, Trump vows to plug leaks

CNN’s Kevin Liptak and Jeff Zeleny write: President Donald Trump arrived at NATO headquarters under a cloud of suspicion about the security of foreign intelligence shared with the United States, a controversy he tried to head off by vowing to end leaks of secret information.

So what happened? Trump faced British Prime Minister Theresa May for the first time since Monday’s suicide attack in Manchester during a meeting of European and North American leaders. In the days since the attack, secret information about the investigation has appeared in US media after leaks from American officials.

Trump was due to face an incensed May — and shortly after he arrived at NATO, Trump released a written statement decrying unsanctioned disclosures.

“The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling,” the statement said. “These leaks have been going on for a long time and my administration will get to the bottom of this. The leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat to our national security. I am asking the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to launch a complete review of this matter, and if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

“There is no relationship we cherish more than the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom,” the President wrote in his statement.

Trump ignored shouted questions about whether Britain could trust the US with its intelligence as he was greeting French President Emmanuel Macron outside the US chief of mission’s residence ahead of talks.

Late Thursday, British officials said they had reinstated intelligence sharing.


“If he wins, he’s been chosen by the people of Montana.”


— House Speaker Paul Ryan on Republican Greg Gianforte, who is running in the Montana special election  — and also allegedly body-slammed a reporter Wednesday.


Everyone’s talking about this Trump-Macron handshake: President Donald Trump‘s handshakes with foreign leaders have been, shall we say, awkward in the past. (Just watch this video to see why.) When he met France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron, earlier today, a reporter described an uncomfortable handshake moment between the two leaders in which “knuckles turned white.” And it didn’t take long for that to hit social media.


FBI declines to provide materials to House Oversight

The FBI explains: Citing the hiring of special counsel Robert Mueller, the FBI said the agency is “undertaking appropriate consultation to ensure all relevant interests implicated by your request are properly evaluated. We will update this response as soon as possible.”

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz responded to the FBI, saying his committee has a “Constitutionally-based prerogative to conduct investigations” and does not want to interfere with the special counsel’s probe.

Instead, Chaffetz said, his committee work “will complement the work of the Special Counsel” and shed light on matters of “high public interest.” Chaffetz included another request for materials related to former FBI Director James Comey and communications with the White House and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, with a deadline of June 8. More from CNN’s Deirdre Walsh and Catherine Treyz.


This also happened: While walking with NATO leaders during his visit to the alliance’s headquarters, President Donald Trump pushed aside Dusko Markovic, the prime minister of Montenegro, as he moved to the front of a group of the leaders. More from me on this.


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Lieberman withdraws from FBI director consideration: Former Sen. Joe Lieberman, once considered a front-runner to succeed James Comey as FBI director, formally withdrew his name from consideration in a letter to President Donald Trump. More from CNN’s Ariane de Vogue.

Appeals court upholds block on Trump’s travel ban: A federal appeals court upheld a ruling blocking Trump’s travel ban against six Muslim-majority countries. The 10-3 ruling from the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a lower court’s decision to halt core portions of the executive order indefinitely. More from CNN’s Ariane de Vogue and Laura Jarrett.

Hill demands answers on Robert Mueller probe: A growing number of key lawmakers in both parties are calling on Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller to detail what specifically his Russia investigation is targeting, with one Democratic senator, Sheldon Whitehouse, warning bluntly that failing to do so could jeopardize the criminal probe into Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn. More from CNN’s  Manu Raju.


Here’s how former White House photographer Pete Souza has used the “show, don’t tell” technique in outlining the contrasts between former President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump. … At the Capitol, some members of Congress (jokingly) empathize with the urge to “body slam” reporters. … A Russian fighter jet recently conducted an “unprofessional” intercept of a US KC-10 tanker aircraft in the skies over Syria, prompting Russian officers to apologize.
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