US intelligence panel agrees to probe Trump-Russia ties

02 Mar 2017 | Written by Abheet Sethi; Edited by NewsBytes Desk

An American congressional committee has agreed to an investigation into the Moscow's alleged interference in last year's US presidential elections.

The House intelligence committee will be scrutinizing links between Donald Trump's campaign and Russia.

So far, the Democratic Party's demands for an investigation was met with reluctance by Republican senators.

The Trump administration has denied any inappropriate action during the election campaign.

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It also said the Russian government had "developed a clear preference" for Trump.

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02 Mar 2017US intelligence panel agrees to probe Trump-Russia ties

CIA and other intel agencies established Russia's elections interference

Russian interferenceCIA and other intel agencies established Russia's elections interference

The Senate intelligence committee and the FBI are also investigating Russia's alleged interference in the US election. Previously, Russia had denied the charges.

The CIA and other intelligence agencies had established a concerted effort by the Russian government to discredit Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to help Trump get elected.

This included Russian-backed hacking of the Democratic Party.

How much does Trump know?

Key questions about Russia's interference remain. Mainly, how much was the Trump campaign aware of this? Both Trump and his team have denied any knowledge of any contacts between his campaign and Russian officials ahead of the election.

Cover up?Trump informs staff to maintain Russia information

White House lawyers have instructed Trump's staff to maintain information which could be connected to Russia's election interference, the Associated Press reported.

"There is real concern that some in the administration may try to cover up its ties to Russia by deleting emails, texts and other records that could shine a light on those connections," said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer.

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21 Mar 2017FBI confirms investigation into alleged Russian interference in US elections

FBI Director James Comey confirmed for the first time that the agency is investigating Russian interference in the US presidential elections of November 2016.

In their testimony to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, Comey and NSA director Admiral Mike Rogers said the investigations, which started last July, could last months.

Comey also warned Moscow could attempt to influence elections in 2020.

28 Mar 2017Trump-Russia relations: Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner to be interrogated

President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will be questioned by a US intelligence committee that is investigating alleged ties between President Trump and Russia.

According to the White House, Kushner volunteered to speak with the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The committee is investigating allegations of Russia's involvement in last year's Presidential Elections.

Russia has rejected these allegations whereas Trump has called it "fake news."