Published: Sun, January 15, 2017
National | By Traci Kelley

Senate intelligence committee to question Trump team on Russian Federation links

Senate intelligence committee to question Trump team on Russian Federation links

"The Committee will follow the intelligence wherever it leads", the statement said.

Mark Warner, vice chairman of the committee, was concluding his opening remarks.

Burr's new position, detailed in a statement issued with Sen.

Pompeo was a vocal member of the partisan House committee set up to investigate the deadly attack on a US diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012, which occurred while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.

Adding a little drama to the hearing, the lights went out in a Senate hearing room when the top Democrat on the committee mentioned Russian Federation. The microphones fell silent.

Pompeo also tried to walk a middle ground on Iran.

Russian Federation was still top of mind.

"What kind of information would you not enter into?" asked Wyden.

Wyden reacted with a raised voice: "Congressman, I don't take a back seat to anybody in terms of protecting this country when our security is on the line", he said. "One last shot at me", Trump tweeted Wednesday. I attended the meeting which the present-elect was briefed. "Everything I've seen suggests to me that the report has an analytical product that is sound", Pompeo said.

President-elect Donald Trump's team will be probed by the Senate Intelligence Committee for its alleged ties to Russian Federation.

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Yet, Pompeo called the Iranians "professionals at cheating" and said he would work to improve U.S. capability to detect violations of Tehran's commitment to curb its nuclear activities.

Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee are very likely to ask Pompeo about Russia's involvement in hacking the Democratic National Committee and accusations that it did so to sway the outcome of the presidential election in Donald Trump's favor. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) questioned Pompeo about the use of torture.

But Pompeo also said this: "I can't imagine I would be asked by the president-elect or then president" to have the Central Intelligence Agency engage in torture.

Pompeo also signaled he would stand firm if necessary against Trump on the issue of enhanced interrogation techniques for terrorism suspects. Angus King, an Independent from ME, asked, "Well, how do you explain your Twitter?"

"Absolutely not", Pompeo said.

"I treated each and every member of my workforce with the dignity and respect", he said.

Asked what he thought were the key threats to the U.S., Pompeo, reluctant to rank them, said terrorist acts ordered or inspired by ISIL, al Qaida and other extremist groups are of great concern.

Equally, he said that he would drop the opposition he has had as a lawmaker to the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major powers.

After initially denying that Michael Flynn and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak spoke on December 29, a Trump official said late on Friday that the transition team was aware of one call on the day President Barack Obama imposed sanctions.

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