Key US senator cites concerns in probe into possible Russia-Trump links

A separate investigation in the House of Representatives into Russia's alleged role in the USA election has become mired in controversy over accusations that its Republican chairman, Trump ally Devin Nunes, is not impartial. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas, Rubio himself discussed how both his campaign and Senate office had staved off Russian hackers.

Marco Rubio revealed in the hearing that an IP located in Russian Federation attempted to hack former members of his presidential campaign in July 2016, and as recently as Wednesday at 10:45 a.m.

Trump has used Nunes' revelations to defend his claim that former President Barack Obama tapped phones at Trump Tower in NY, though Nunes and his committee's top Democrat, Adam Schiff of California, say there is no such evidence.

"All candidates were targeted", Watts told reporters after the hearing, "it hurt him, but it also hurt people like Jeb Bush; it hurt other candidates on the Republican side".

"I don't know. I have not seen the materials", Spicer said.

Warner said the committee is investigating to find out whether voters in key states, such as Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, might have been served up Russian-generated fake news and propaganda along with information from their traditional news outlets.

DETROW: The vice chair is Democrat Mark Warner.

Former National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander arrives to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 30, 2017, on Russian intelligence activities.

The FBI and intelligence committees are trying to determine if anyone in the Trump administration colluded with Russian Federation to interfere with the presidential election.

Much of the attention on various investigations into possible ties between the Trump administration and Russian Federation has shifted to that of the Senate, which has expressed intent to run an objective inquiry.

Instrumental to that, he said, is following transactions that may link the Russian government or its actors to election-meddling efforts or Trump associates.

Evelyn Farkas, former deputy assistant secretary of defense and now a national security analyst for NBC News, said she had urged the Obama administration as well as lawmakers to gather and preserve intelligence about the Trump-Russia probe. The House Intelligence Committee is, too, but that effort has become engulfed in controversy over questions about whether the Republican chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, of California had colluded with White House officials.

Such charges are "absurd" and "irresponsible", Putin said in the northern city of Arkhangelsk at an worldwide forum on the Arctic. Putin describes the allegations as part of the US domestic political struggle.

However, amid the process of interviews to determine what happened, Nunes insinuated that the president was monitored, although not directly, thus supporting - to a certain degree - Trump's claim, although without any proof.

DETROW: House Speaker Paul Ryan is sticking with Nunes but today acknowledged the committee's work has hit a major roadblock.

Memos compiled by a former MI6 agent also claim members of Trump's camp colluded with Russian Federation - with an investigation into the Kremlin's alleged involvement in the election ongoing.

  • Leroy Wright