Donald Trump takes a dictator's stand against inquiry

Investigators have been looking into possible wrongdoing in how Flynn handled disclosures about payments from clients tied to foreign governments including Russian Federation and Turkey, US officials briefed on the matter have told CNN. And there are new signs that congressional investigations into the affair may linger deep into Trump's term.

"Director Clapper reiterated what everybody, including the fake media already knows- there is "no evidence" of collusion w/ Russia and Trump", Trump tweeted earlier Monday evening, downplaying Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's Monday testimony before a Senate panel investigating Russian interference in the presidential election.

During the testimony, Franken asked aloud why Trump didn't fire former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn once it was revealed he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his ties to Russian Federation.

Press secretary Sean Spicer said, "It's true President Obama made it known he wasn't exactly a fan of Gen. Flynn's", adding that the concerns "shouldn't have come as a surprise, since Flynn was an outspoken critic of the Obama administration's shortcomings on foreign policy".

That assessment came after USA intelligence agencies captured Flynn's discussions of United States economic sanctions against Russian Federation with that country's ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, shortly before President Donald Trump was inaugurated.

In the Senate hearing, the former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, described as accurate a report in the Guardian newspaper that British intelligence officials became aware in late 2015 about suspicious interactions between Trump advisers and Russian intelligence agents, and that the information was passed on to US intelligence agencies.

Multiple US intelligence agencies are evaluating Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 US election in favor of Trump.

A few days later, on November 18, Rep. Elijah Cummings sent Vice President Pence a letter questioning Flynn's ethics relating to his lobbying for a Turkish company and his attendance at a gala dinner for Russia Today in Moscow, where Flynn was seated next to Russian president Vladimir Putin. US intelligence agencies, and probably the Russians, had recorded the conversation. He said he had often left it to the FBI director, James B. Comey, to decide when to tell him about open criminal investigations.

Five days into the Trump administration, Sally Q. Yates, the acting attorney general, hurried to the White House with an urgent concern.

He then asked Yates if she had warned Trump directly about Flynn.

The House probe has been riven with discord.

Yates' testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on crime and terrorism was the first time she'd disclosed publicly what she told White House officials about Flynn's interaction with Kislyak. He recused himself in April from the investigation. At that meeting, she told McGahn that Flynn had been monitored talking to Kislyak and that transcripts of that meeting showed that Flynn was lying to Vice President Mike Pence about what the two men had discussed. He was sacked, with the White House citing "an eroding level of trust".

Republican strategist Roger Stone has said he communicated with Guccifer 2.0, an unnamed hacker who has taken credit for breaking into the DNC servers.

Russian Federation denies allegations that it has sought to meddle in foreign elections.

Trump fired Flynn when news broke of his conversations with Russian Ambassador to Kislyak.

She was joined in the meeting by a senior career official in the Justice Department. Franken called Flynn "a danger to this republic".

Trump took to Twitter in March to accuse Obama of having wiretapped him at his NY skyscraper during the campaign. Law enforcement, congressional and intelligence officials have called that allegation untrue.

"I would note, that might be the case if there was reason to suspect partisanship", Cruz said, leading someone in the background to audibly groan.

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