After Donald Trump won the election in November, the USA intelligence community issued an assessment that Russian Federation sought to sway the election in his favor through the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign staff. Trump has repeatedly rejected suggestions that hacking by Russian Federation or other actors helped him win.
The three administration officials who confirmed that White House staffers were instructed to comply did so on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose the counsel's office memo publicly. What followed was a push to preserve the intelligence that underscored the deep anxiety with which the White House and American intelligence agencies had come to view the threat from Moscow.
The Obama White House became concerned that the Trump White House might delete any reference to the campaign's Russian ties, and so, in the last few weeks before the changing of the guards, worked around the clock to protect the potentially explosive data.
Currently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and committees in both chambers of Congress are conducting their own probes into Russia's involvement in the US election and, more specifically, the country's connection to the Trump campaign.
"The House Intelligence Committee must conduct a bipartisan investigation into Russia's interference in our election", said the top Democrat on Nunes' committee, Adam Schiff of California.
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This is the Nunes who said that there was "a lot of nothing" in the reports of National Security Advisor Mike Flynn's calls with the Russian ambassador weeks before the Trump administration was a thing.
Sessions he was asked at his January 10 confirmation hearing what he would do if he learned of any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of the 2016 campaign.