White House aide says Russian Federation probe 'detracts' from agenda

Sen Richard Burr (R-NC), the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Monday indicated that former FBI Director James Comey will be permitted to discuss his conversations with President Donald Trump during a public hearing on Thursday.

A blueprint to modernize the nation's infrastructure, which Trump is unveiling to compete with the highly anticipated Senate testimony of fired FBI Director James Comey, is among the few arrows the president has left in his quiver. Trump fired Comey last month. However, the former FBI chief's sudden firing raised suspicions that Trump may have done so as a cover-up for the Russian Federation investigations Comey was actively working on.

"Burr also told that former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn, a focus of the Russian Federation probe, had turned over some of the documents to the Senate intelligence committee in response to a subpoena they issued last month". Trump himself has denied all the allegations.

It was earlier speculated that Trump would seek to invoke his executive privilege to prevent Comey from testifying publicly and keep their conversations private.

The doctrine of executive privilege holds that under certain circumstances, the president can order government officials not to talk to Congress about confidential advice they have given.

Legal experts have also said that the president is likely to have undermined his ability to assert executive privilege by publicly discussing his dealings with Mr Comey in tweets and interviews.

"The President's power to assert executive privilege is well-established".

The Justice Department's investigation into Russian interference in the election and any possible collusion with Trump campaign associates has now been taken over by a special counsel, former FBI director Robert Mueller.

Besides Kushner, Cohen and Flynn, the Justice and Congressional investigations are also looking into the Russian Federation ties of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, political consultant Roger Stone, and foreign affairs advisor Carter Page.

"If it exists, it won't be here", the White House official told Reuters.

The online news outlet said the NSA report depicted a hacking operation tied closely to Moscow's GRU intelligence directorate that targeted private U.S. companies providing voter registration services and equipment to local governments around the country.

  • Zachary Reyes