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"No way" of knowing if Russians bugged White House: Tillerson

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 00:52

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday he ''would have no way to know'' how Russian president Vladimir Putin may have obtained a transcript of an Oval Office meeting between U.S. President Trump and Russian officials. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday (May 17) he "would have no way to know" how Russian president Vladimir Putin may have obtained a transcript of an Oval Office meeting between U.S. President Trump and Russian officials. Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump had not divulged any secrets during a meeting in Washington with Russian officials and offered to prove it by supplying Congress with a transcript. But a leading U.S. Republican politician said he would have little faith in any notes Putin might supply. Two U.S. officials said on Monday (May 15) Trump had disclosed classified information about a planned Islamic State operation to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov when they met last week, plunging the White House into a fresh controversy just four months into Trump's tenure. Trump, whose administration has been dogged by allegations that Russia helped him win the White House and that he and his allies are too cosy with Moscow, has defended his decision to discuss intelligence with the Russians after media reports of the meeting alarmed some U.S. and foreign politicians.

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"No way" of knowing if Russians bugged White House: Tillerson

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 00:52