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White House aides told to preserve materials in Russian Federation probe

03 March 2017

The three administration officials who confirmed that White House staffers were instructed to comply did so on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to publicly disclose the memo from White House counsel Don McGahn. "There continues to be no there, there", Sean Spicer, the White House spokesman, said.

The US woke up on Thursday to a "triple whammy" of new media reports linking the Trump administration with Russian Federation, throwing the White House on the defensive and sparking fresh calls for a formal investigation.

United States intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation sought to influence the presidential election to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

"The Intelligence Committee has been investigating Russian Federation for years and warning about the Putin regime's hostile worldwide actions, its aggression in cyber space, and its influential global propaganda campaigns", Nunes said. Without naming President Donald Trump in its announcement, the panel said it would look into "links between Russian Federation and individuals associated with political campaigns or any other U.S. Persons".

But Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said last week: "There is real concern that some in the administration may try to cover up its ties to Russian Federation by deleting emails, texts and other records that could shine a light on those connections".

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The House Intelligence Committee set the scope of its own investigation into Russia's interference on Monday. Congress doesn't declare "executive privilege" on behalf of the executive branch. Between Nunes's role on the transition and now his threats to the press?

Earlier this year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed Michael Flynn, then Trump's national security adviser, about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the us after the election. The former Army lieutenant general was forced to resign after news broke that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of his conversations with Kislyak. "I don't believe that Flynn was the only person promising things to the Russians, communicating to them what would happen once the Trump administration came in". Benjamin Cardin of Maryland days before the January 20 inauguration.

But Sessions also revealed that he had, in fact, met with Russian officials twice before he officially endorsed Trump.

Anonymous sources also told the newspaper that Trump's Justice Minister Jeff Sessions had two meetings with the Russian Ambassador to the United States a year ago.

White House aides told to preserve materials in Russian Federation probe