Trump campaign and Russian officials had several undisclosed contacts, sources say

Former Trump campaign aide seeks legal help- from Trump

So it should indicate just how seriously the White house is taking the fallout from The Times report that the administration sent out McMaster and Tillerson on Sunday to defend this flimsy talking point.

The cuts would drive millions of people off food stamps through changes in eligibility guidelines and the implementation of additional work requirements, according to The AP.

The Wisconsin Republican says in a written statement that he has wanted investigations that "follow the facts wherever they lead".

Scavino fired back by reviving the derogatory nickname Trump had given Bush a year ago to raise doubts about his energy level and ultimately defeat him.

Brien Comey called his son's firing "a Trump deal" as "because Jim tells the truth, (while) Trump runs around lying most of the day".

While the White House did not yet deny the claim, Lavrov told reporters they "did not touch this subject".

"There have been so many lies, so many contradictions", Cummings said, adding that he expects parallel investigations from Congress to proceed fully after the Justice Department last week appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to head an investigation into possible Russian coordination with the Trump campaign. That, combined with the revelation that he viewed the firing as removing "great pressure" on him leads to a pretty unmistakable conclusion that the president viewed getting rid of the FBI director as a way to beat back an investigation that he didn't like.

"We are confident that when these inquiries are complete there will be no evidence to support any collusion between the campaign and Russian Federation", a White House official said in a statement.

Two former campaign officials said Trump and Flynn became close on the campaign trail during long days of travel on the road.

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Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea . Meanwhile, the United States has also urged China to use its influence over North Korea to de-escalate tensions.

The Senate and House intelligence committees are also probing possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Sources tell CNN that Flynn told Kislyak that the Trump administration would look favorably on a decision by Russian Federation to hold off on retaliating with its own sanctions.

Investigators are reportedly interested in people who had influence in the Trump campaign and the administration but are now absent, such as former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

That same week, Trump telephoned Rogers to make a similar appeal. For one thing, he could not comment on an ongoing investigation.

While relations between Trump and Comey were strained by the Russian Federation probe, ties between the president and the other intelligence chiefs, including Rogers, Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, appear to be less contentious, according to officials.

The filing also disclosed that Flynn secretly met with the Turkish foreign and energy ministers in NY before Election Day.

Ultimately, Trump made a decision to nominate Coats, rather than Rogers. Trump, who liked employees to sign nondisclosure agreements, knows Flynn had at least one private meeting with Trump adviser Jared Kushner and Russian officials, and has been in the room for dozens of other sensitive meetings. But in that case, the White House effort was created to refute news accounts, not the testimony of a sitting FBI director who was leading an open investigation.

Rather, he said, Trump was trying to calm concerns the Russians may have had about fixing deteriorating U.S. -Russia relations.

The criminal investigation has reached the West Wing of the White House. But that does not mean he has full visibility into the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe. In February, he pressured Comey to drop a pending investigation.

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