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Obama WH Rushed to Preserve Russian Hacking Intel

03 March 2017

WASHINGTON ― The House Intelligence Committee will investigate ties between members of President Donald Trump's campaign team and the Russian government as part of a broader probe into Moscow's alleged interference in the 2016 election.

Intelligence agencies rushed to analyze raw intelligence material about Russia connections, going over months-old material as the extent and possible motives of what the agencies say is Russian election hacking emerged, the New York Times reported.

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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".

Dan Coats sought to tamp down tensions between President Donald Trump and USA intelligence agencies, assuring former Senate colleagues at his confirmation hearing that he would act independently as director of national intelligence. 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. Federal investigators have been looking into possible contacts between Trump advisers and Russian Federation.

Coats's audience before the Intelligence Committee offered a rare chance to see the dynamics of the panel - which conducts most of its processes in secret - on display. "There continues to be no there, there", Sean Spicer, the White House spokesman, said.

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

On Monday, Trump was asked if he would support a special prosecutor to investigate Russia's influence on last year's election. They also pushed to preserve intelligence on any interactions between Donald Trump's associates and Russian officials.

The article said that President Obama did not direct the efforts by his officials. Officials began asking specific questions during intelligence briefings, knowing the answers would be archived and made available to investigators.

Questions about Russia's role in the USA presidential race have proved particularly awkward for the White House.

"I have no other obligation but to follow the law" on torture, he said. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn lost his job partly because his lies about his Russian contacts were a political headache, but also because he was relatively easy to replace.

These aforementioned developments would undoubtedly encourage additional corporate involvement in US government, thereby undermining the interests of the American people with the interests of major businessmen.

December 1: CNN reports that Manafort has reemerged in Trump's orbit as a player shaping the new administration during the presidential transition period.

You don't need to be a partisan Democrat to know that, as former president George W. Bush told NBC, "we all need answers" on Trump's Russian Federation ties.