No evidence yet of contact between Trump campaign, Russia - US lawmaker
- Author: Larry Hoffman Feb 28, 2017,
Feb 28, 2017, 3:47
Devin Nunes told reporters Monday that there was no evidence whatsoever connecting anyone in the Trump campaign with Russian Federation.
President Donald Trump rejected calls for an independent investigation of his ties to Russian Federation, telling a group of business leaders Monday that he hasn't called Russian Federation in a decade.
When questioned about why he had agreed to contact a reporter for the White House, Nunes said it was a commonplace request, and he was sharing similar information with reporters even before the call.
When a reporter noted that the White House asked him to knock down the story, Nunes replied, "No, that absolutely didn't happen". "That story was a little odd, I thought", he said.
Nunes opened himself to questions and was asked by CNN's Manu Raju, "Can you say categorically that there were no contacts whatsoever between any officials affiliated with the Russian government and the Trump campaign?"
What's more, the House and Senate probes are not merely investigating possible contacts between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.
It's easy to see why the GOP might be so gun-shy on pulling the trigger on a complete investigation into Trump's ties to Russian Federation, which the president has repeatedly denied.
Last week, Trump's administration took additional heat on the issue when it became known that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus unsuccessfully asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation this month to publicly discredit media reports that were saying there had been communication with Russian Federation. "But I don't have that, and what I've been told is, by many folks, is that there's nothing there".
Spicer oversaw reporter conversations with CIA director Mike Pompeo and GOP Senate Intelligence chair Richard Burr. "He was taking multiple calls a day from ambassadors, from foreign leaders", Nunes said, defending Flynn's communication with Russian Federation. "That doesn't mean they don't exist b". Law enforcement and intelligence officials tell NBC News that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is examining evidence of contacts over the summer between Trump associates and Russians, some with links to the Kremlin. He said he did not hear anything worrisome about that call. Schiff said the two agreed privately that they would jointly address reporters about the investigation going forward.
Nunes acknowledged the investigation was ongoing, but said he wanted to be careful not to jump into a witch-hunt, comparing it to the Red Scare of the 1950s. When it emerged that Flynn had lied to the press and the vice president about that discussion, he was forced to resign.
Flynn was just doing what he was supposed to do as a part of Trump's incoming administration, Nunes argued.
Nunes said he believes there was nothing wrong with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn discussing sanctions with the Russian ambassador before Trump's inauguration.
"A government can't function with massive leaks at the highest level", Nunes said.
"You're a Logan Act guy?" "At some point, you do have to ask yourself what are you actually looking for".
"This is nearly like McCarthyism revisited", he told reporters Saturday.