New FBI Intel Suggests Trump Associates May Have Colluded With Russia

Saturday, 25 Mar, 2017

Speaking at a public rally in Kentucky on Monday night, hours after FBI Director James Comey made the sensational revelation at a legislative hearing, Mr. Trump steered clear of the issue and asked his audience to support his efforts to "Make American Great Again".

The FBI is investigating potential links between some members of Trump's campaign and Russian officials as part of its investigation into foreign meddling in the 2016 election.

At least seven people in the Trump campaign have admitted having some sort of contact with the Russians during the campaign.

"It's clear that nothing has changed", Spicer also commented on Comey's first public confirmation that the Trump campaign has been under FBI investigation since July, stressing that there is no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the election.

The FBI has already been investigating four former Trump campaign associates - Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and Carter Page - for contacts with Russians known to U.S. intelligence.

On Thursday, CNN quoted unnamed "US officials" as saying that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump "communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign". In some cases, he says the Q-and-A let committee members know what questions they can probe further when the panel meets in closed session to discuss classified information.

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation tried to help Trump by hacking leading Democrats' emails.

Comey was on the hill for a House Intelligence Committee hearing on the ongoing investigation into the Trump administration's ties to Russian Federation when he found himself in the unique position of testifying about a Trump tweet about testimony that included testimony about a Trump tweet. Instead, Spicer refused Monday to back down from the wiretapping allegations, and Trump was defiant as always.

THE FACTS: Trump leaves out an important nuance in this tweet about the former director of national intelligence, James Clapper.

National Security Agency director Michael Rogers is also giving evidence to the committee, but said he could not release a lot of information in an open hearing.

Now the nation enters a new and hard phase for Trump's young presidency, one that carries the potential of scandal for those who helped bring Trump to power and could conceivably overshadow his efforts to recast health care, reform the tax system and fight terrorism.