Partisanship rift continues in House panel probing Russian Federation

Posted March 03, 2017

But among Mr. Trump's inner circle, it is Mr. Flynn who appears to have been the main interlocutor with the Russian envoy - the two were in contact during the campaign and the transition, Mr. Kislyak and current and former American officials have said.

"This situation was serious, as is evident by President Obama's call for a review-and as is evident by the United States response", Eric Schultz, Obama's spokesman, said.

The Times' reporting added that there was a "suspicion among many in the Obama White House that the Trump campaign might have colluded with Russia" during Russia's espionage operation.

US intelligence analysts have concluded that Russian Federation tried to help Trump win the White House by discrediting Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her party through cyber attacks.

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However, McSweeny's boss appears to feel as differently about the situation as Clyburn's does. The rules aimed to protect personal consumer data.

Congressional staffers have said they are not aware of any evidence that materials related to Russian Federation are not being preserved.

The New York Times on February 14 reported that federal investigators have evidence that at least three former Trump campaign advisers communicated with members of the Russian government prior to the election.

But Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said last week: "There is real concern that some in the administration may try to cover up its ties to Russian Federation by deleting emails, texts and other records that could shine a light on those connections". Obama ordered the intelligence community investigate the full scope of Russia's campaign in December.

Noting deep concerns among President Barack Obama's aides that the incoming Trump administration would expose the sources of the intelligence information or would attempt to cover up or destroy it once Trump took office, aides reportedly worked into the final hours of Obama's presidency to spread and preserve as much intelligence as possible.

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The involvement of North Carolina Senator Richard Burr and California Representative Devin Nunes has sparked calls - mostly from Democrats - for a special prosecutor to investigate Russia's role in the election and possible ties to Trump.

He noted that there are transcripts available of the conversations between former Gen. Michael Flynn and the Russian ambassador he spoke with that could answer some of the questions that the president won't answer, such as whether there was Russian interference in the election.

But Sessions also revealed that he had, in fact, met with Russian officials twice before he officially endorsed Trump. Should the information be verified, it would conflict with Sessions's testimony in his confirmation hearing in January when he assured Congress he "did not have communications with the Russians".

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