US House panel to probe alleged Trump-Russia links

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Trump fired his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, last month for misleading Vice President Mike Pence over his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the United States.

He also listed a range of national security challenges facing the United States, putting the "rising cyber threat" at the top, but adding that the threat of "radical Islamic terrorism", China's regional activism, North Korea's nuclear programs and Russian meddling around the world are also on the front burner.

But in a possible reference to his campaign pledge to seek warmer relations with Moscow, Trump said: "America is willing to find new friends and to forge new partnerships, where shared interests align". It will also review the intelligence community's "analytic standards" and investigate the "leaks of classified information", according to the statement.

Trump has denied having any knowledge that aides were in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, as reported by The New York Times.

In January, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released a report concluding Russian Federation had intervened in the election to help Trump win. Of course, there seems to be a lot of debate regarding the media and their reporting on the Trump administration with Trump recently attacking the media and calling many of them "fake news".

Those were among questions from members of the Senate Intelligence Committee during Tuesday's confirmation hearing for Coats, who was part of the panel before leaving office in January.

"You can not have somebody, a friend of mine Jeff Sessions, who was on the campaign and who is an appointee".

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Graham said he thinks Sessions, a former Senate colleague, is an honest man and he needs to clarify his testimony about his meetings with the Russian ambassador.

"I got beat up last week because I was overseas doing my job", Burr said, noting that he was out of the country speaking with British, French and German officials about Russian Federation and its "aggression on the European continent". "Blunt ... and other Republican senators on the Intelligence Committee stay strong here", she said. Nunes had previously mentioned that his committee was calling for any evidence that Trump affiliates were colluding with Russian Federation to interfere in the 2016 election.

The Obama officials did not do all of this because they simply did not care for Donald Trump, but rather due to some distrust.

The House investigation is in addition to a probe by the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has given itself subpoena authority to look at the scope of Russian Federation interference and whether any campaign officials were connected. "Russia is not our friend".

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

"On the areas he was willing to discuss, we had a very in depth set of questions and answers", Schiff said. "We must follow the facts wherever they may lead, leaving no stone unturned, and that must also include both the Russian hacking and dumping of documents as well as any potential collusion between Russia and USA citizens".