White House steps up accusations that Obama Administration spread intelligence about Trump
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 02, 2017,
Apr 02, 2017, 16:35
The top Democrat on a U.S. congressional committee investigating alleged ties between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's presidential campaign faulted the White House for withholding until yesterday information it said it had shared last week with his Republican counterpart.
Trump aides have expressed growing frustration at their inability to gain control of Washington's narrative, just over two months into the president's tenure.
Nunes sparked a controversy last week when he said he received information from an undisclosed source at the White House that conversations by President Donald Trump and his staff had been swept up as "incidental collection" by US spy agencies targeting foreign agents.
That's why, Nunes said, he held a news conference to brief the media soon after.
"We are committed to working with the House and Senate, as we have said multiple times, to get to the bottom here".
The communications of the Trump team were collected during surveillance of foreign targets, Fox News said.
This week, Trump's White House is facing allegations that it funneled secret intelligence reports to a top Republican investigating his campaign's possible ties to Russian officials as well as Moscow's interference in the 2016 election.
But Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, called it a "grave and momentous step" for a national security official to seek immunity. Speaker Ryan must insist that Chairman Nunes at least recuse himself from the Trump-Russia investigation immediately. At first, after the failure of the health bill, Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan said they were moving on to tax reform.
When questions were raised about where he received the information, Nunes told Bloomberg's Eli Lake that his source had not been a member of the White House staff.
Schiff said the investigation "grows in severity and magnitude by the day", and he said the committee has "much work and many more witnesses and documents" to review before any witness can be considered for immunity.
Cohen-Watnick appealed to two Trump administration officials with whom he was close, Politico said - Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, and Stephen Bannon, his top strategic adviser.
The speeches were not included in a form that Flynn signed electronically on Feb 11, which the White House also released on Saturday.
To deflect questions about Trump's friendly rhetoric toward Russian Federation, the White House points to the fact that Clinton was a central figure in the Obama administration's attempt to "reset" relations with Moscow - an effort that crumbled after Vladimir Putin took back the presidency. "This emanated from a Saturday morning, unsupervised tweet by the president", Speier said.
The "reports" Spicer referenced appeared to be a New York Times article that claimed former President Obama administration officials "scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election - and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump and Russian", in the waning days of Obama's presidency.
(5) Was anyone else at the White House involved in these activities, and if so, who? How much of a risk is the White House taking by urging Flynn to testify?