France’s presidential elections have been compared to the USA contest in November in part because far-right candidate Marine Le Pen has been called the French Donald Trump for her opposition to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and illegal immigration.
Russian Federation is “actively involved” in the French and German elections scheduled for later this year, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr warned Wednesday.
The New York Times reported on Thursday that two White House officials played a role in providing Nunes with documents the Republican committee chairman cited to show Trump and his associates were swept up in surveillance by us intelligence.
A report from the New York Times says two White House officials gave Nunes information that President Donald Trump later said “somewhat validated” his claims of illegal wiretapping.
But Rubio then said hackers based in Russian Federation unsuccessfully attempted to hack his former campaign staff twice, in July 2016 and at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday.
The Senate intelligence committee is conducting a probe that includes a review of the January intelligence community report, links between Russia and USA political campaigns, and the extent of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) just revealed that hackers targeted his presidential campaign staffers in July, just as he was announcing his bid for reelection to the Senate – and yesterday, too.
Clint Watts, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent now with the Foreign Policy Research Institute Program on National Security, said the Senate intelligence committee should “follow the dead bodies”.
After the hearing before the Senate intelligence committee, Watts told reporters that all the GOP candidates were targeted. One question he said he wants the committee’s investigation to answer is whether Russian Federation would have the ability to do that without the assistance of someone with a deep knowledge of American politics.
“I will not prejudge the outcome of our investigation”, Senator Mark Warner told the committee hearing.
Clint Watts is with the Foreign Policy Research Institute Program on National Security. “The committee needs to follow the money wherever it leads”. Mark Warner, are committed to getting to the bottom of Russian interference in the USA election and any possible collusion between President Trump, his aides and the Russian government.
“This past week we observed social media accounts discrediting [Republican] Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, hoping to further foment unrest inside USA democratic institutions”, he told the committee.
Sen. Mark Warner is alleging that Russian Federation continually sought to undermine American trust in the US media.
Watts said he fears for his own safety after speaking about Russian efforts.
The top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee claims Russian propaganda outlets like RT and Sputnik produced and peddled disinformation to USA audiences in hopes of damaging Hillary Clinton. “Putin and the Russian government also developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump”.
The top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee is butting heads with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Senate hearing begins on Thursday.
Asked directly yesterday whether Russian Federation interfered in the election, Putin said: “Read my lips: No”.
“If we politicize this process, our efforts will likely fail”, Burr said at the start of the hearing. Trump has deemed it fake news pushed by Democrats, and has responded by raising discredited allegations that the Obama administration wiretapped his offices.
House Speaker Paul Ryan is maintaining support for embattled House intelligence committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (NOO’-nehs). Spicer wouldn’t say exactly what the information was but said it was found by national security staff “in the ordinary course of business”. This is not fake news.
“I don’t know. I have not seen the materials”, Spicer said.