Us intelligence officials and members of Congress from among the supporters of President Donald trump tried to refute media allegations that an employee contact his campaign headquarters with representatives of Russia. It is reported by The Washington Post (WP), citing its sources.
Officials, according to the newspaper, they were calling the media on behalf of the White house. They expressed disagreement about the alleged contacts of team members trump with the Russian side. Calls, according to the publication, were organized after the presidential administration failed to involve the FBI.
In dealing with the press, according to WP, was attended by lawmakers with access to classified intelligence, including Republican Senator Richard Barr and his fellow party member of the house of representatives Devin Nunes, who headed the Committee on intelligence in the upper and lower house of Congress.
Barr acknowledged the talks, saying that he had discussed with a number of media articles in the New York Times and CNN about the alleged contacts of team members trump with Russian intelligence. Representative nuñez said the Congressman, at the request of the White house held at least one conversation with the journalist.
The press Secretary of administration of the President of the United States Sean Spicer confirmed that the White house communicated with officials to refute the information about the contacts with Moscow. “When the FBI informed us that [reports of ties with Russia] was about, we told reporters, to whom else they should call to confirm the version of the FBI,” he said.
On 24 February, the press Secretary of the White house Spicer said that the Bush administration considers “non-existent history of” allegations of links Donald trump with Russia. “It is impossible to prove that something does not exist. He [trump] has already talked about how many times he spoke to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, and that he has no interests in Russia,” he said.
On 13 February it became known about resignation of the trump adviser for national security Michael Flynn. Such a step, he went after the publication in the Washington Post, where he provided details of his conversation with the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak. The edition, in particular, wrote that in conversation it was about anti-Russian sanctions. After that, Flynn filed a notice indicating that it is fully informed Vice-President Mike Pence and other members of the White house about his conversations with Kislyak.
In January it was reported that US intelligence agencies are investigating possible ties between members of the team trump with Russia. In addition, it was noted that the investigators have data about certain financial transactions.
The trump has repeatedly rejected any political or business ties with Russia.