Trump Recycles Campaign Fodder To Distract From Russia

But take just one developing story, the one around Flynn.

Other Trump aides with lucrative histories include Trump's top economic adviser Gary Cohn, the former president of banking giant Goldman Sachs, who netted up to around $75 million in the previous year.

A person familiar with his filing said Flynn's initial form was a draft that would have gone through the usual process of review and revision in consultation with the White House Counsel's Office and the Office of Government Ethics.

The president weighed in on Flynn the day after the ousted national security adviser's attorney confirmed the immunity discussions with intelligence committees in both the Senate and House that are investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump is still dismissing the Russian Federation investigation as "a witch hunt" that Democrats are using to excuse their "big election loss". Trump wrote in the first of two tweets.

Republican Senator John Cornyn, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was asked about Trump's Twitter commentary on the congressional investigations. The White House is asking Congress to dig deeper into whether communications of Trump associates were improperly picked up and disseminated during surveillance operations, after an ex-Obama administration official suggested her former colleagues tried to gather such material. The California congressman later said he viewed the reports at the White House.

But she said that even if those names were "unmasked" by a member of the Obama administration, that information wouldn't be disseminated broadly.

Rice also denied that she leaked information to the press, saying "I leaked nothing to nobody". The retired general also gave Pence and other White House officials a false version of his contacts with the Russian envoy.

The jaw-dropping allegations, which go back at least to the campaign-season hacking of the Democratic National Committee's emails, had for too long drawn a "meh" from the Republican-controlled Congress. Ginning up lawmakers' enthusiasm, or outrage, has been like pulling teeth - without anesthesia.

Both the House and Senate intelligence committees, along with the FBI, are investigating the reports of Russian interference and possible collusion.

What Flynn could tell investigators are unknown.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence Committee, said Friday his panel was "deeply mindful of the interests of the Department of Justice in the matter".

Obama administration officials have acknowledged that there were efforts to preserve information that could be related to the Russian investigations, as was first reported in The New York Times.

Rice could not be reached for comment on the report.

JAKE TAPPER: Do you think that chairman Nunez was part of an attempt to provide some sort of cover for the president's claim about Obama wiretapping him at trump tower which, obviously, this does not prove, but cover for that?

"How does the White House know that these are the same materials that were shown to the chairman, if the White House wasn't aware what the chairman was being shown?" he asked. "I've never seen behavior this freakish on the part of the chairman".

And she insisted she did not play a role in revealing names of Trump associates with connections to Russian Federation to the media. He warned people to look towards Trump's statements, which he said were not "subtle". "It's time to move on", she told Fox News.

"But people on the left misconstrued that as Trump wanting to be like Putin".

Just six months after stating on national television that being given immunity is an indicator of guilt, Michael Flynn is trying to broker immunity for himself.

  • Zachary Reyes