Donald Trump told the Russians that his interference in the election did not bother him

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The American President explained to them that he saw no harm in it because the United States was doing the same in other countries.

New revelations have tainted the American President’s mandate, which has already been jeopardized by an impeachment procedure. The Washington Posta revealed Friday evening that Donald Trump had told the Russian Foreign Minister and Russian Ambassador that he was not concerned about Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. 

These statements were made during a meeting in May 2017 at the White House, during which he also revealed confidential information about the Islamic State Group (Daech).  

In a conversation with Sergei Lavrov and the ambassador, Donald Trump explained that he saw no harm in it because the United States was doing the same in other countries, according to the newspaper, which quotes three former senior officials anonymously.  

James Comey’s dismissal, a relief

While this meeting was taking place the day after the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, and the former American businessman explained to the two Russian officials that it was taking “a lot of pressure off him”. 

These comments had panicked White House officials, who had decided that only those with the highest level of authorization to access confidential documents could see the memorandum describing the meeting. 

This new slippage comes at the end of a week that shook Washington, after the publication of a whistleblower’s report accusing Donald Trump of soliciting “foreign interference in the 2020 election”, in this case by asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the son of Joe Biden, his main Democratic rival for the upcoming 2020 election. This alert is at the origin of the impeachment procedure launched by his Democratic opponents against Donald Trump. 

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