At today's White House press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was confronted on a recent bombshell report by CNN that indicated that United States officials have now seen information that suggests Trump campaign associates may have coordinated with Russian Federation to hurt Hillary Clinton's campaign. According to CNN, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is still reviewing the info, which "includes human intelligence, travel, business and phone records and accounts of in-person meetings".
The latest CNN report suggests that may have changed, but the story relies on anonymous sources and CNN notes "officials cautioned that the information was not conclusive and that the investigation is ongoing".
US intelligence officials were said to be looking into whether the Trump campaign was colluding with Russian Federation to damage Clinton's campaign.
The release and publication of the hacked emails is protected in part by America's freedom of speech laws but a collusion between USA campaign officials and a foreign power would be a much more serious matter.
"One law enforcement official said the information in hand suggests 'people connected to the campaign were in contact, and it appeared they were giving the thumbs-up to release information when it was ready, ' " CNN said. But other US officials who spoke to CNN say it's premature to draw that inference from the information gathered so far since it's largely circumstantial.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer laid a mic drop worthy burn on CNN during Thursday's White House press briefing.
Ardayev noted in this regard that with the FBI already investigating four former Trump campaign associates, including Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and Carter Page, for their alleged contacts with Russian Federation, "the relevant information is freely being leaked in the press". All have denied any improper contacts.
First Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee lambasted Nunes' stunt saying "the chairman will need to decide whether he is the chairman of an independent investigation into conduct, which includes allegations of potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians". A source also alleged that Russian officials have switched their communication channels, making it more hard for investigators to monitor ongoing interactions.