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LIVE STREAM: White House press briefing (5/17/17)

White House faces many questions about Russia, James Comey

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WASHINGTON – The White House will likely face some tough questions on Wednesday during their daily press briefing.

The briefing usually takes place around 1:30 p.m., with press secretary Sean Spicer, although yesterday it was earlier in the day, and without Spicer. (Update: As of noon, there is no briefing scheduled)

You can watch the White House press briefing above - until then, you may see related coverage. 

Here's what's going on in Washington D.C. today:

Embattled White House lurches from crisis to crisis

President Donald Trump personally appealed to FBI Director James Comey to abandon the bureau's investigation into National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, according to notes Comey wrote after the meeting.

The White House issued a furious denial after the notes were disclosed late Tuesday, near the end of a tumultuous day spent beating back potentially disastrous news reports from dawn to dusk.

The bombshell Comey news came as the beleaguered administration was still struggling mightily to explain Monday's revelation that the president had disclosed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and the country's ambassador to the United States.

Trump tweeted Tuesday that he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russia.

Putin says Russia meddling furor is 'nonsense'

Russian President Vladimir Putin has lashed out at U.S. politicians whipping up what he described as "anti-Russian sentiment" for being either "stupid" or "dangerous."

Speaking at a joint news conference with the visiting Italian prime minister, Putin said on Wednesday Moscow initially found debates about Russia's meddling in U.S. politics as "funny" but said Moscow is now "concerned because it's hard to imagine what the people who produce such nonsense can come up with next."

Putin dismissed the U.S. politicians, whom he did not identify, as either being "stupid" or "dangerous and unscrupulous" who are wittingly "causing the damage to their own country."

Asked what he thinks of Trump presidency, Putin said it's up to the American people to judge but his performance can only be rated "only when he's allowed to work at full capacity," implying that someone is hampering Trump's efforts.

Putin dismisses Trump intel-sharing furor

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed the ongoing scandal around President Donald Trump sharing classified intelligence with Russian officials as "political schizophrenia."

Trump came under fire earlier this week after it was revealed that he shared the sensitive intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak.

Speaking at a joint news conference with the visiting Italian prime minister on Wednesday, Putin said he had "no other explanation" as to why Trump came under attack other than "political schizophrenia." Putin even suggested that Russia share the records of last week's talks between Trump and Lavrov with the U.S. Congress, if the White House approved.

Putin joked that that he would reprimand Lavrov because "he hasn't shared those secrets with us."

Fox News' Guilfoyle up for White House press secretary job

Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle says she is in conversations with the Trump administration about replacing Sean Spicer as White House press secretary.

The former first lady of San Francisco tells the Mercury News in San Jose, California, that taking that job or having another press role in the White House has been "raised by a number of people" in the Trump administration.

Guilfoyle, who is one of the co-hosts of the Fox News show "The Five," says she's regularly in touch with members of the administration as part of her job.

The 48-year-old Guilfoyle was originally considered for press secretary during the presidential transition, but the job went to Spicer, who was spokesman for the Republican National Committee.

Spicer got off to a rocky start with beat reporters. Rumors that he may be replaced have been swirling in Washington, D.C., in recent days.


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