House Intel Chair Warns Reporters: 'Be Careful' About Fed Investigations
- Author: Jack Replman Mar 03, 2017,
Mar 03, 2017, 0:25
The New York Times reports that in the last days of the Obama administration, "some White House officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election - and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Trump and [the] Russians - across the government".
But he failed to mention this contact in his confirmation hearing in January when asked what he would do if "anyone affiliated" with the Trump campaign had been in contact with the Russian government, and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi said this amounted to "lying under oath".
President Donald Trump's nominee to be the top USA intelligence official listed activity by Russia, China and North Korea as among the main challenges faced by the country.
Currently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and committees in both chambers of Congress are conducting their own probes into Russia's involvement in the US election and, more specifically, the country's connection to the Trump campaign. The House committee recently expanded a previous investigation of Russian Federation cyber hacking to look at the country's efforts to interfere in the 2016 election.
Though an official, six-page scoping document is classified, Nunes and Schiff released a summary of the investigation's aims in the form of four questions: "What Russian cyber activity and other active measures were directed against the United States and its allies?"
Mr Trump has denied having any knowledge that aides were in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, and such denials prompted Obama-era officials to rush to preserve any evidence to the contrary, according to the Times.
Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the committee's top Democrat, said that while he plans to support Coats' nomination, he wanted a public commitment from Coats that he would "find and follow the truth, no matter where it leads" and that he would present the "unvarnished facts" regardless of whether it comports with the "views of the president".
One of the committee of American congress has decided with consensus to probe into the Russian middling in the US Presidential election a year ago. A "former senior American official" claims Sessions met with the Russian ambassador despite testimony before the Senate that he had no contact with the Russians.
The paper said its report was based on more than half a dozen current and former officials.
Blunt did not answer a question about whether he would have made the calls to reporters if the White House had asked him.
"I think it's publicly known and acknowledged and accepted that Russian Federation definitely did try to influence the campaign".
But a flood of reporting and leaks from inside the White House have raised serious questions about the president's relationship with Russian Federation, and it's increasingly clear that an independent investigation will be necessary.
Justice Department officials told The Washington Post that Sessions met with the Russian ambassador in his role as a lawmaker, not in his capacity as a Trump campaign adviser.
Which is all to say that I have no doubt in Trump's ability to win the Eurasian power's trust.
"I think the transparency of what has happened is necessary for the American people" to understand that "there are outside forces trying to influence them one way or another".
Like several others in Trump's Cabinet, the 73-year-old Coats may not see eye to eye with the president, however.
"We have heard different statements from President (Donald) Trump", Peskov told a conference call with reporters.