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Obama team 'revealed' Russian election hacking ahead of Trump inauguration

Obama team 'revealed' Russian election hacking ahead of Trump inauguration

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".

During a press conference, Nunes dismissed calls for his committee to investigate Sessions following reports that the Attorney General may have lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee when he said that he had no contact with the Russian government during the 2016 campaign.

The intelligence community agrees that Russia was behind data breaches at political targets including the Democratic National Committee and Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonHouse Intelligence sets goals for Russia investigation AP: White House staff ordered to preserve Russia records Pelosi responds to GOP rep who criticized female Dems for "bad-looking white pantsuits" MORE campaign chair John Podesta.

James Clapper, then director of national intelligence, issued a declassified report on January 6 that concluded Putin's government had ordered "an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election".

US intelligence agencies concluded that Russian Federation tried to influence the election by hacking people and institutions, including Democratic Party bodies. Both the House and Senate intelligence committees have begun inquiries into the Trump-Russia ties, though partisan factionalism on the panels has emerged into public view. Trump said on Monday that he hasn't "called Russian Federation in 10 years".

Anonymous sources also told the newspaper that Trump's Justice Minister Jeff Sessions had two meetings with the Russian Ambassador to the United States a year ago.

Officials did not know until after the election and after more intelligence was collected the extent of the suspected interference. "My role is to provide you the best intelligence to formulate policy, not formulate policy or be a spokesman for any political decisions that are made.' I have made this clear, and I will continue to make this clear". On Saturday, Nunes said at a forum in California that Flynn, who was pushed out over the Russian Federation controversy, "is an American hero, and he was doing his job".

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On Monday, Trump was asked if he would support a special prosecutor to investigate Russia's influence on last year's election.

Blunt did not answer a question about whether he would have made the calls to reporters if the White House had asked him.

The report claims that former President Barack Obama had not been personally involved in what the senior officials did, but it seems that President Trump does not believe it. Meanwhile, American intelligence gathered communications between Russian officials discussing contacts with Trump's associates.

"I think it's going to be really important that Sen". With Jeff Sessions now allegedly lying about contact with the Russians and even Michael Flynn resigning over his contact, one had to wonder what more would come from this.

Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma said Coats is "one of the nicest people I've ever met".

A mural depicting Vladimir Putin taking off a Donald Trump mask is painted on a storefront in Brooklyn on February 25, 2017.


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