White House aides told to preserve materials in Russian Federation probe

The White House counsel's office has instructed the president's aides to preserve materials that could be connected to Russian interference in the 2016 election and related issues, three administration officials said Wednesday.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), chairman of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, warned reporters on Thursday that they could find themselves under investigation if they continued to ask questions about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' ties to Russian Federation.

U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded that Russian Federation tried to help Trump win the White House by discrediting Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her party through cyber attacks. Some officials began asking specific questions at intelligence briefings, knowing the answers would be archived and could be easily unearthed by investigators - including the Senate Intelligence Committee, which in early January announced an inquiry into Russian efforts to influence the election. American intelligence agencies have also intercepted Russian communiqués that discussed contacts with Trump associates.

Trump has alleged that Obama appointees still working in the government have leaked information about some of his phone calls with foreign leaders and about Michael Flynn, the former Trump national security adviser who resigned last month because of phone calls he had with Russia's ambassador in December. He had his people in control of the Justice Department, Republicans in House and Senate were content to make a token "investigation" of Trump's Russian Federation connections for appearances sake, and the media could be instantly distracted with the tiniest crumb.

At the time, a White House official and a spokesman for the office of the director of national intelligence told the Wall Street Journal that these allegations were false. "That's why I believe the House Committee is well equipped to provide a full accounting of all the facts surrounding Russian activities related to the 2016 USA elections". The officials, who spoke to the Times anonymously because they were divulging classified information, said they were coming forward in order to bring attention to the need for further Congressional investigation into the matter.

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"Any review conducted must have the full confidence of the American people, which is why I recommended an independent review".

Not long after, news organizations reported that Trump was considering bringing in a friend, financier Stephen Feinberg, to do a "review" of the intelligence community. Mr. Trump has slammed the intelligence agencies for their handling of the investigation and for what he has said were damaging leaks from the probe.

The release of the investigation framework comes amid revelations that Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with the Russian ambassador to the USA during the presidential campaign. And he wanted to know, is the DNI going to help us in our investigation of Russian Federation?

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