US Spy Agencies, FBI Probing Trump Team's Russia Calls, Officials Say

The Russians were sent home in response to allegations of Russian cyberspying against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign. If Trump didn't know what his top national security advisior was up to for months, what does that say about the president's ability to lead?

Flynn's departure should not end the demands for an investigation.

The official said they weren't sure whether the intercepted phone call - where Flynn reportedly talked with the ambassador about sanctions - was based on Federal Bureau of Investigation intelligence or NSA intercepts, or whether the call between Flynn and the Russian Ambassador was collected under a FISA warrant.

The question that legislators are trying to figure out, that Republican said, is if Pence - like most everyone else - is simply a victim to a rash and erratic President, or if he is deliberately being shut out by senior White House advisers. "Every report that suggests deeper ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government needs to be followed up on and verified".

The FBI has two parallel ongoing investigations, one official said.

"We're going to do everything we can to be open and transparent", Manchin said in an interview.

Trump's latest Twitter screed comes in the wake of a string of damaging news stories based primarily on anonymous government sources, involving information apparently gathered by the nation's spy agencies.

Senate Democrats convened an "emergency" meeting of their caucus on Wednesday to discuss their strategy for advancing investigations.

As a flurry of news reports continues to link his advisers to Russian Federation, U.S. President Donald Trump reopened his front against the U.S. intelligence agencies whom he accused of leaking sensitive national security information to the media.

Senators from both sides of the aisle are expressing concern over reports that Donald Trump's campaign had contact with potential Russian operatives - arguing this is further proof why thorough investigations are necessary. They should unite the parties in pursuit of the full truth. "We are in a fight for the soul of our democracy", Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, declared on Tuesday. "Nothing less than our system of checks and balances, democratic institutions, the rule of law and our national security is at stake". Flynn has been replaced by Army Lt. Gen (ret.) Keith Kellogg, who will fill the spot in the interim until the president appoints a successor.

Mr Flynn's contact with Russian Federation has been described as "potentially illegal" due to the 1799 Logan Act, which bans private United States citizens from negotiating with countries with which the U.S. is in dispute.

"I think that she is going to engage when this is a matter of our core values, so the ban, the march, things like that", said an aide.

Trump reminded the world that Russian President Vladimir Putin's unchecked aggression began during the Obama administration.

Of course, their reports were based on information from anonymous sources, because the ongoing investigation into Trump's Russian Federation ties is classified (but still very much happening, which is a big deal on its own), but one surefire way to lend the reports some legitimacy is by complaining that intelligence officials are leaking information.

In another tweet sent on Wednesday, Trump reiterated his claim from earlier this week that the leaks of classified information from the intelligence community are "the real scandal". Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, also said he had not reached a decision about whether Flynn should be hauled before Congress, though he hinted that he would not rule it out.

"It's obviously disruptive to governing", Corker said. In the last 24 hours, I've heard that from cable reporters so young they can't remember Richard Nixon and may not even know the question's origin.

"The last independent probe was a 2 ½ year process", Corker said, referring to the commission created to probe the September 11 terrorist attacks.


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