Trump in Twitter flurry over Russian Federation investigation

Trump in Twitter flurry over Russian Federation investigation

The US House Intelligence Committee has reached agreement to obtain the bank records of the Washington-based research firm Fusion GPS, responsible for the infamous Trump-Moscow collusion dossier which has reportedly been partly funded by the Clinton campaign.

"Never seen such Republican ANGER & UNITY as I have concerning the lack of investigation on Clinton made Fake Dossier (now $12,000,000?), the Uranium to Russian Federation deal, the 33,000 plus deleted Emails, the Comey fix and so much more", Trump wrote.

The president's latest outburst over the inquiry led by special counsel Robert Mueller surfaced on Twitter as his administration braced for the possibility that the first batch of charges in the case could be publicly announced as soon as Monday.

CNN reported in January that senior U.S. intelligence officials briefed then-President Barack Obama and President-elect Trump about the dossier just weeks before Trump's inauguration.

"There are very, very strict laws on grand jury secrecy, so depending on who leaked this to CNN, that's a criminal violation, potentially", New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, R, a longtime friend of Trump's, said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.

"There is so much GUILT by Democrats/Clinton", Trump alleged, "and now the facts are pouring out".

Democrats have downplayed the funding aspect of the dossier, which was funded by an unnamed "never Trump" Republican in the primary and then the Democrats through the general election, as they argue to content of the memo is more important.

But in May 2016 - as Trump neared the top seat in the GOP's run for the White House - the Beacon wrapped up the investigation.

The Washington Free Beacon has long hired research firms to dig up dirt on figures such as Trump and Clinton, the paper said.

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"We ought to instead focus on the outrage that the Russians meddled in our elections", said Portman, who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Last week Trump labeled the deal, which gave Russia 20 per cent of the U.S.'s uranium to Russia, 'Watergate modern age'.

It also said that Russians targeted "educated youth" in the hope of swinging them away from Clinton to Trump, and that the leaked DNC emails were meant to persuade supporters of Bernie Sanders to back Trump instead. According to that reporting, Fusion GPS then hired Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the USA intelligence community, who compiled a dossier on Trump.

He added that if he "were to guess" who instigated the investigation, "I have one name in mind" - but declined to say who he was thinking of.

Langer said Saturday that "the Beacon has agreed to cooperate with the House Intelligence Committee to help the Committee verify" that the outlet had no connection to Steele's dossier.

Trump was apparently referring in his tweets to revelations last week that Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee had paid for research that was included in a salacious dossier made public in January by BuzzFeed.

When then-FBI Director James B. Comey explained to Congress last March the scope of his investigation into Donald Trump aides and Russian Federation, his words would also fit the Hillary Clinton campaign today.

In June, Nunes stepped aside from involvement in the Russian Federation probe, after the House Ethics Committee launched an investigation into his alleged mishandling of classified information.

Democratic lawmakers mostly stayed out of the Sunday fray after a week in which Clinton's 2016 campaign came under fresh scrutiny. The New York Times has not confirmed that charges have been approved.

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