Dan Coats faces Senate confirmation hearing to be top USA intelligence officialBy Darlene Powers Mar 02, 2017
A report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence found that Russian President Vladimir Putin developed a clear preference for Trump over Hillary Clinton, and the Kremlin aimed to undermine USA democracy and Clinton's candidacy.
President Trump's claims that the Obama administration sought to undermine his presidency received some support on Wednesday from a New York Times report on the Obama White House's activities in the weeks before the inauguration.
The New York Times published a staggering report Wednesday evening on the Obama administration's extraordinary and extensive effort in the waning days of the Obama presidency to preserve and distribute intelligence it had uncovered on Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation.
"No one has ever showed us any evidence that any collusion had occurred between an American involved with the political system and the Russians", Ryan said at a breakfast with television correspondents, according to NBC News.
That assessment was made public in January by the Office of the Director of Intelligence, which Coats would lead if he is confirmed.
"We think we need to do an investigation here, with our intelligence committees", Mr. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, said on NBC's "Today" program. Those fears have been amplified by a potential intelligence review by a finance expert, Stephen Feinberg, close to chief White House strategist Steve Bannon and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.
"I have been reassured time and time and time again from the president to his advisors that I'm welcome and needed and expected to be a part of the principals committee", Coats said, though he conceded that the language of the executive order had not yet been modified.
The committee has not yet scheduled a vote on Coats' nomination.
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The giant American media houses are of the view that some of Trump's allies were in a constant contact with Russian authorities during the election.
The six-page document outlining the full scope of the committee's investigation remains classified, Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and ranking member Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said in a statement Wednesday night. "Both the House and the Senate intelligence committees are beginning their investigations right now".
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Monday that Democrats have put Sen. The resolution will be reviewed by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
Speaking to Al Jazeera's James Bays after Trump's first address to Congress on Tuesday evening, Haley said the president had changed his tone.
The report notes that members of the Obama White House were intentionally leaving a trail so it couldn't easily be covered up by the incoming administration.
The reauthorization of that program, Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, is one of the top priorities for the intelligence community this year.
"I'm reassured with regard to your position", said Sen.
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