Published: Sat, February 18, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Investigate fully, deeply the Russian connections to Trump

Investigate fully, deeply the Russian connections to Trump

IT may be recalled that prior to his election, Donald Trump demonstrated a liking for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Sen. Lindsey Graham's statement comes after The New York Times, The Washington Post and other news outlets reported that USA agencies intercepted phone calls previous year between Russian intelligence officials and members of Trump's 2016 campaign team. James Jeffrey, former deputy national security adviser under Bush, told Business Insider that there's "very little you can do" about Russian aggression.

Regarding Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation after the election, Trump said: 'I would have directed him to do it if I thought he wasn't doing it.

"He was just doing his job", Trump said, who also denied that he directed Flynn to discuss the issue of US sanctions against Russian Federation. Trump received more mentions on TV than Putin did in January - the first time Putin did not hold the title since 2012, according to Interfax.

But the direct slam against the leaks suggested deepening struggles within the Trump White House as it faces growing questions - and possible congressional probes - about how and when the president and other top officials dealt with the disclosures that Flynn conducted private outreach with Russia's ambassador during the campaign. It's not clear whether who or how many Trump associates were participating in the intercepted calls.

The Russian president was one of the first world leaders Trump spoke to after his shock U.S. election victory.

Even more troubling is our president's unwillingness to say anything negative about Vladimir Putin, even going so far last week as to say Putin's practice of having his political enemies killed was not so different than what the USA government does.

Trump repeated the call in a tweet on Wednesday morning, as he tried to contain the damage caused by the resignation of his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, over ties to Russian Federation.

In addition to Flynn, Trump defended another former aide, Paul Manafort, who served as an adviser to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his pro-Russian Party of Regions from 2004 to 2010 and was named in The New York Times report this week. They never made a phone call to Russian Federation.

Manafort denied the claims in an interview, calling the allegations "boggling", saying: "That is 100% not true, at least as far as me..."

"The fake news media is going insane with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred", Trump tweeted.

He also lambasted the leaking of information to the media.

"I do believe we need to know the full details of what has transpired", she said.

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