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Morning Briefing: Media Knives Out For Trump, White House Leaks Spill Over

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10 things you need to know this morning – May 17th 2017

1. NYT Claims Trump Asked Comey To Drop Michael Flynn Investigation

President Trump asked James Comey to drop the FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the former FBI director wrote in a memo in February.

2. White House denies New York Times report that Trump asked Comey to stop Flynn investigation

The White House is denying a damaging report by the New York Times Tuesday that former FBI Director James Comey left a paper trail documenting President Trump’s alleged attempts to improperly influence the investigation into Mike Flynn’s interactions with the Russians.

3. Senate Intelligence Chairman Burr skeptical Comey memo is real

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr late Tuesday cast doubt on the veracity of a reported memo in which former FBI Director James Comey said President Trump requested he drop the FBI’s investigation into former national security adviser Mike Flynn.

4. Turkish President Bad Mouth’s Trump’s Anti-ISIS Strategy To His Face

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took issue with President Donald Trump’s reliance on Kurdish militia groups to defeat the Islamic State in a Tuesday visit to the White House.

5. H.R. McMaster Says Information Trump Shared With Russian Officials Was ‘Wholly Appropriate’

Gen. H.R. McMaster would not outright deny that Donald Trump revealed classified information when he met with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office last week.

6. FBI Is Being Sued For Records About Christopher Steele’s Trump Dossier

Judicial Watch, the government watchdog group, is suing the FBI for records about its contacts with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who compiled the uncorroborated dossier alleging that Trump advisers colluded with the Russian government during the presidential campaign.

7. McMaster: Trump said nothing ‘inappropriate’ during meeting with Russians

National security adviser H.R. McMaster on Tuesday stood by his criticism of a press report that President Trump revealed classified information during his Oval Office meeting last week with Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador to the U.S.

8. NBC Reporter: Official Says ISIS Intel Trump Discussed With Russians ‘Wasn’t Anything They Didn’t Already Know’

NBC reporter Richard Engel tweeted Monday that the classified information President Trump discussed with top Russian officials in the Oval Office “wasn’t anything they didn’t already know,” citing a U.S. intelligence official.

9. Trump May Trigger Countdown To NAFTA Renegotiation Next Week

A Mexican official expects President Donald Trump’s administration to start the process for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement next week, Reuters reports.

10. Study: CNN Is Completely Obsessed With Donald Trump — and Not in a Good Way

To get a handle on CNN’s news priorities during the Trump era, a team of MRC analysts reviewed all of the cable network’s programming on Friday, May 12, starting with the 4am ET Early Start and continuing through the 11pm ET CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, a total of 20 hours of material.


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