Trump Learned Extent of Russian Meddling Before Inaugural — NY Times

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US national security experts warn Trump is behaving more and more like a 'controlled spy'

The White House has insisted it believes Russian Federation still poses a threat to the United States amid confusion over comments made by President Donald Trump. "And I don't think he's going to lose that core part of his base that was responsible for him winning the primary, that propelled him to winning the general election".

Browder's name came up because Putin floated this idea: If the USA gave the Kremlin access to Browder, Putin would allow US investigators to interview the 12 Russian intelligence agents indicted as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

At the Hudson Institute think tank in Washington on Friday, Coats said: "We are not yet seeing the kind of electoral interference in specific states and voter data bases that we experienced in 2016, however, we fully realize that we are just one click on a keyboard away from a similar situation repeating itself".

"In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't", he said.

He cited Putin's "extremely strong and powerful" denials of such interference.

His comments came the same day that the Justice Department unveiled an indictment against 12 Russian military intelligence officers for their role in hacking Democratic groups during the 2016 campaign.

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Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Trump needed to wake up to Russia's efforts to interfere in American elections.

"Many of the stories written about me, and the good people surrounding me, are total fiction", he said.

"I'd accept that. He's an expert".

Trump's bungled retraction is "probably the best we're going to be able to get, right?" Sen.

Republican Senator John McCain accused Trump of "playing right into Putin's hands" with the president's comments in a Fox News interview on Tuesday that appeared to question the American commitment to defend all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

More than that, he feels intimidated - by Russian Federation, whose president has considered him a "personal foe", and by his own president, who may allow him to be interviewed by the Kremlin in connection with unspecified criminal allegations. Schumer said. "Well, that's why his tax returns would be so important".

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His attempt to clarify what he said in Helsinki is being widely dismissed, even mocked, by many in mainstream media land.

What did surprise Browder, he says, was hearing Trump's response. "A more ominous explanation might be that his redundantly demonstrated incompetence as a businessman tumbled him into unsavory financial dependencies on Russians".

That's a change from Trump's initial upbeat description of his meeting with Russia's president.

Paul said Brennan and Former United States Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who also criticized Trump, "are known for wanting to expand the authority of the intelligence agencies to grab up everyone's information, including Americans". However, an IRS audit does not preclude someone from making their returns public.

Later Wednesday, press secretary Sarah Sanders claimed that when the president answered "no", he was saying he couldn't answer questions and not actually saying "no" to the question about Russian targeting.

Trump himself has given no signal that he will eventually release the filings.

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