Published: Fri, March 03, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

US House Probe of Russian Campaign Meddling to Look at Leaks

US House Probe of Russian Campaign Meddling to Look at Leaks

Ieffort to preserve the information, Obama administration officials spread a trail of intelligence across the government regarding Russia's interference with the presidential election and possible communications with Donald Trump's campaign team, the New York Times reported Wednesday. American intelligence agencies have also intercepted Russian communiqués that discussed contacts with Trump associates.

Coats, 73, a former member of the intelligence panel, also promised that it would have full access to all of the documents and other materials needed for an investigation.

Trump denounced intelligence agencies for their assessment that Russian Federation sought to influence the election on his behalf, prompting concerns about his support for them. Some Democrats have said the omission is grounds enough for Sessions to be relieved of his post, while Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Mr Sessions "must" now recuse himself of any role investigating Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation. Did the Russian active measures include links between Russia and individuals associated with political campaigns or any other U.S. Persons?

Read the whole story from Reuters. That includes any intelligence regarding links between Russian Federation and individuals associated with political campaigns.

Second, there's staffers in Obama's White House, who believed it was important to preserve evidence before the intelligence "could be covered up or destroyed" by Trump and his administration.

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a California Republican, shook his head and said "no" when asked if he agreed with having a special prosecutor.

Earlier this year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed Michael Flynn, then Trump's national security adviser, about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the USA after the election. Anonymous officials told news outlets that he had addressed the issue of sanctions with the Russian ambassador on a call in December and had misled top White House officials, including Vice President Pence, about the conversation.

The Dutch security service recently said foreign countries, and notably Russian Federation, had tried hundreds of times in recent months to penetrate the computers of government agencies and businesses.

On Wednesday, a Justice Department official confirmed that AG Sessions had two conversations with Ambassador Kislyak a year ago, when he was still a senator, a fact he misrepresented at his confirmation hearing, when he testified he had no contact with the Russians. This allowed the upload of as much intelligence as possible to Intellipedia, a secret wiki used by American intelligence analysts to share information. "That's not a substitute for an investigation".

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