Trump changes relationship between White House, spy agencies

"I will not prejudge the outcome of our investigation", Senator Mark Warner told an intelligence committee hearing on the allegations.

In response, Rubio had a revelation himself about the attempts by Russian actors to hack his campaign. But, you know, if Flynn says he has a story to tell, they'd better know what that story is going to be. Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, is to appear next week.

"And it's really a tragedy because it really could be an extremely egregious scandal on the part of President Obama if he did, in fact "wiretap" - whatever - accidentally collect information on President Trump during the transition of power".

She says, "I really don't want to think that it's about Flynn to get the president".

Flynn's ties to Russian Federation have been scrutinized by the FBI and are under investigation.

Another witness, retired Gen. Keith Alexander, a former head of the National Security Agency and of the U.S. Cyber Command, said the Trump administration needs to "cool this down", referring to the Russian cyber attacks aimed at the U.S. and its allies. He questioned whether Russian operatives would have that level of USA elections expertise without outside help.

"We are seeking to determine if there is an actual fire", clarified Warner at today's hearing in reference to conversations about Trump's debated involvement.

"Some of the techniques that Russian Federation used in this election, as we find more and more, I think would send a chill down anyone who believes in [the] democratic process in this country or around the world", Sen.

"We simply must - and we will - get this right", Warner said on Thursday.

"Russia's goal, Vladimir Putin's goal, is a weaker United States - weaker economically, weaker globally - and that should be a concern to all Americans, regardless of party affiliation".

The panel was set for two hearings on Thursday, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

The House Intelligence Committee several days ago began investigating the matter, but the apparent lack of impartiality by its chairman, Republican Devin Nunes, has called that probe into question.

Burr said the investigation's mission is to look at all activities Russia might have undertaken to alter or influence the election and to examine contacts any campaign had with Russian government officials that could have influenced the process.

Warner told reporters Wednesday there were "upwards of 1,000 paid internet trolls working out of a facility in Russian Federation, in effect, taking over series of computers, which is then called a botnet".

One Senate intelligence source said their committee did not feel an urgent need to go to the White House to review the documents, describing the invite as a "sideshow".

"This Russian "propaganda on steroids" was created to poison the national conversation in America", Warner said.

Meanwhile, Burr promised at the start of Thursday's Senate hearing that his panel would hold more public hearing as they continued their investigation.

Rep. Adam Schiff says that Michael Flynn even discussing possible immunity in exchange for protection from prosecution is a "grave and momentous" step because of the seniority of his former position. He said officials "have no incentive to see intelligence reports they gather and distribute for national security purposes become fodder in domestic political disputes".

  • Leroy Wright