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Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has offered a bevy of excuses: He doesn't need to probe the Flynn affair because "it's taking care of itself"; other panels could better protect "sources and methods"; he didn't want to pry into the "private systems of a political party"; and he won't "personally target the president". Having to constantly react to new allegations, and dealing with a Congress that may be spooked by the prospects of scandal, will make getting things done more hard.

USA intelligence also reportedly received communications of Russian officials discussing contacts with Trump associates. New developments strengthen the argument for such a commission. President Trump has railed against "illegal" leaks during the tumultuous start of his administration.

A former intelligence official confirmed to Fox News that the Obama administration's goal was to "keep the Russian issue alive" and ensure evidence of Moscow's reported election interference was widely disseminated.

During the hearing Sen.

December 30: Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow would not expel American diplomats in response to USA sanctions against Russia and would instead attempt to rebuild relations with Washington after Trump's inauguration. The senator asked how, as attorney general, Sessions would proceed if it appeared the reports were true.

The FBI is also investigating alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. Among those senior advisers regularly communicating with Russian nationals were Manafort and Flynn. "And I'm unable to comment on it".

More disconcerting was a subsequent meeting with Kislyak, this time in his Senate office, on September 8.

According to Department of Justice, Jeff Session talked to the Russian diplomat twice-for the first time he met with the diplomat when he was the member of the Senate Armed Service Committee.

But in a possible reference to his campaign pledge to seek warmer relations with Moscow, Trump said: "America is willing to find new friends and to forge new partnerships, where shared interests align".

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

Flynn resigns a few hours later, admitting he had "inadvertently briefed the vice president-elect and others with incomplete information" regarding the phone calls with Kislyak and apologizes. Richard Blumenthal noted, the attorney general can not "provide a credible explanation".

August 19: CNN reports that FBI and Justice Department prosecutors are conducting an investigation into possible U.S. ties to alleged corruption of the former pro-Russian President of Ukraine, including the work of Manafort's firm.

"There is no special prosecutor statute", the South Carolina Republican told Fox News Tuesday. Appointment authority rests with the attorney general.

Former Sen. Dan Coats tried to placate the worries of his onetime colleagues on the Senate Intelligence Committee who said they were anxious by the appearance of Trump's early attempts to sideline the job before Coats was confirmed.

Putin could not have done better - nor could he have appointed better men to investigate Russia's interference in the us election than those now charged with doing it.

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