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

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Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) on Wednesday said that President Donald Trump's recently ousted national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort should be prepared to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Orwellian is a charitable word for the Trump's effort to ignore, bury, deny, and finally divert attention from Flynn's actions by claiming the "real problem" is "leaks".

The White House has said Mr Trump asked for Mr Flynn's resignation because he had misled Vice President Mike Pence over his dealings with Russian Federation and whether he had discussed sanctions with Russia's ambassador to the USA before Mr Trump's January 20 inauguration.

"The evolving and eroding level of trust as a result of this situation and a series of other questionable instances is what led the President to ask for Gen Flynn's resignation".

He dismissed recent reports reports in The New York Times and CNN that his campaign aides had been in contact with Russian officials before his election. "I told you, I have no deals there, I have no anything", he said. I have no loans in Russian Federation.

"I would have directed him if he wasn't doing it", Mr Trump added.

A day after Flynn's resignation, Trump claimed Flynn was "treated very, very unfairly" by the "fake media".

President Donald Trump fervently denied having any knowledge to alleged ties between campaigners and Russian officials before the 2016 election.

Trump sought to deflect attention from allegations of improper contact with Russian Federation to the leaks that exposed them, an argument he's frequently made in recent days.

Flynn's sudden departure added to the turmoil surrounding Trump, whose approval ratings are at a historic low for a new president.

Trump needled a number of news outlets, criticizing the BBC and joking with CNN reporter Jim Acosta, whom he angrily shut down last month at a press conference in NY. Separately, investigations by the FBI into Russia's interference in the election needs to be seen to be scrupulously independent-which means that Mr Trump's attorney-general, Jeff Sessions, should step aside from them. "The tone is such hatred". And I think it's really a sad thing that he was treated so badly.

The hour-and-17-minute news conference came one day after the president gave the cold shoulder to reporters from major news media at a briefing with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling only on two reporters from news organizations friendly to the president.

He repeated that he believes it would be much better if Russian Federation and the United States "got together and got along". "I'll look into that".

"Any suggestion that the US intelligence community is withholding information and not providing the best possible intelligence to the president and his national security team is not true", the office said in a statement Wednesday night.

The president had been criticized recently for ignoring questioners from the mainstream media when holding his news conferences with foreign leaders. I certainly didn't win by people listening to you people.



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