Russian Federation probe looms over Coats' bid to become national intelligence director

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation sought to influence the presidential election to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. Burr said he'd called Federal Bureau of Investigation officials who told him there were no such records. What was the U.S. Government's response to these Russian active measures and what do we need to do to protect ourselves and our allies in the future? "We must follow the facts wherever they may lead, leaving no stone unturned, and that must also include both the Russian hacking and dumping of documents as well as any potential collusion between Russia and USA citizens".

What was the USA government's response to these Russian active measures and what do we need to do to protect ourselves and our allies in the future?

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the committee's top Democrat, said that while he plans to support Coats' nomination, he wanted a public commitment from Coats that he would "find and follow the truth, no matter where it leads" and that he would present the "unvarnished facts" regardless of whether it comports with the "views of the president".

The report concluded that Russian intelligence agencies sought to undermine Clinton's campaign because senior Russian officials had developed a "clear preference" for Trump. The Washington Post reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions twice spoke with the Russian ambassador to the US during the 2016 campaign, contradicting sworn statements he made during his confirmation hearings.

The January 28 executive order shocked some in the broader USA intelligence community for sidelining both the DNI and the chairman of the Pentagon's Joint Chiefs of Staff, both previously members of the core team of presidential advisors.

Allegations about Russian influence in the election, and claims that figures close to the Trump team met with Russian officials, dogged Trump's campaign throughout much of past year.

The Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election, has also asked more than a dozen organisations, agencies and individuals to preserve relevant records.

The measures, taken during the last days of Obama's presidency, marked a new post-Cold War low in U.S.

Obama White House officials therefore reportedly pursued a deliberate strategy aimed at preserving evidence for investigators and ensuring any interference was not repeated. The FBI is now investigating Russia's election meddling and Trump ties to Russian Federation. He said, I don't want somebody nice as DNI. Still, the revelations will likely raise the specter of impropriety of Sessions overseeing the investigation.

"No one has ever showed us any evidence that any collusion had occurred between an American involved with the political system and the Russians", Ryan said at a breakfast with television correspondents, according to NBC News.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who backed Trump in the election, joined Democrats last Friday in calling on Sessions to turn over the investigation to an independent prosecutor.

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