Obama Administration Spread Info on Alleged Russian Interference in Elections

03 March, 2017, 00:22 | Author: Michele Stevens
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Such rebuttals raised fears in the Obama White House that evidence of Russian interference or influence might be destroyed after the change in administration, The New York Times report said.

He said he talked with two reporters about a New York Times article describing phone records and call logs that indicated Trump campaign aides had spoken with Russian intelligence officials ahead of the election.

Reports on the Obama administration's efforts to preserve intelligence regarding contact between Trump associates and Moscow coincided with the revelation Wednesday night that Attorney General Jeff Sessions met twice a year ago with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

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.

USA 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. The actions taken to preserve the information speaks to the deep suspicions among administration officials regarding with Russian Federation to hack the Democratic National Committee and sway the election in his favor.

The campaign also involved curtailing the Trump team's access to highly classified information and of lowering classification ratings on other information about the ongoing Russian Federation investigation so that it could be more widely shared across the government.

The committee will conduct interviews, take witness testimony and review the material that supported the intelligence community's January finding that Russian cyber-activity was aimed at boosting Trump's chances of becoming president.

More broadly, the intelligence community's job isn't to formulate policy but to present the truth, Coats told the committee.

The top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, Sen.

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But if the Times' story is correct, it would be reasonable to expect the leaks to continue until the Trump Administration cleans house of all Obama appointees or discovers which ones are leaking.

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R) and ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff (D), both of California, agreed on the terms of the investigation, according to an announcement Wednesday evening. And he has also gone back and forth about whether he accepts the conclusion of the USA intelligence community that Russian Federation meddled in last year's presidential election.

According to the newspaper, U.S. allies, including the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, shared information on meetings between Russian officials and associates of then president-elect Donald Trump in European cities.

The newspaper said that according to former senior administration officials, Obama himself was not involved in the effort. The Senate Intelligence Committee also made a similar request to the White House and agencies.

The January 28 executive order shocked some in the broader U.S. intelligence community for sidelining both the DNI and the chairman of the Pentagon's Joint Chiefs of Staff, both previously members of the core team of presidential advisors. "You had me at hello for going after foreign threats, but I'm not there on innocent Americans".

Nunes noted that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had been a private citizen when he contacted the Russian ambassador and then lied about it.

"I think this is something that needs to be investigated and addressed", former Republican Sen. He brushed aside questions about whether Burr had lost credibility by seeking to defend the White House against the allegations that his committee is investigating.

"We have heard different statements from President (Donald) Trump", Peskov told a conference call with reporters.

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