Published: Sat, March 25, 2017
Research | By Elizabeth Houston

White House scoffs at CNN report on alleged Russian collusion

White House scoffs at CNN report on alleged Russian collusion

FBI Director James Comey's admission that the FBI was investigating possible collusion between Donald Trump campaign staffers and the Russian government has elevated the suspicion of a Trump-Putin connection.

The issue of leaked information was one way the Republicans on the committee tried to change the focus of the hearings, particularly Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC. Paul Manafort was a name that came up a great deal during the hearings, but Comey and Rogers would not comment on the role played, if any, by the former campaign manager of Trump in the Russian interference. As CNN first reported, then-President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama were briefed on the existence of the dossier prior to Trump's inauguration.

"All I can tell you is we have no information that supports them", Comey said.

The apartment used by the suspects was just three floors below Trump's own penthouse residence, but the FBI investigation did not implicate or involve the real-estate tycoon who would go on to become the 45th United States president, according to ABC.

The probe "includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts".

Two days after James Comey finally confirmed that the FBI is investigating whether Trump associates worked with the Russian government to meddle in the USA election, CNN reported on Wednesday evening that the bureau has information that suggests people tied to Trump "communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign". The previous US administration groundlessly blamed the cyberattacks on Russian Federation, saying that in this way Moscow tried to help the Republican Party's candidate Donald Trump emerge the victor.

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Besides hacking into DNC and Clinton campaign systems to steal files and emails, the Russians also focused on disinformation campaign involving publication of "fake news" articles released through multiple online outlets linked with Russia.

Hours after Trump's tweets, Obama's spokesman said Trump's wiretapping accusation is "simply false".

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Ardayev also quoted the Seattle Times as saying that this latest information attack on Trump and his team had been provoked by the recent statements of chairman of the House intelligence committee Davin Nunes.

Russia's intervention in last year's presidential campaign is no longer in doubt.

"However, it's still possible that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates", said Nunes.

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