Trump campaign officials reportedly had contact with Russia in the year leading up to the November election. Sources told The New York Times that intelligence agencies intercepted calls and obtained phone records showing contact between Trump campaign aides and other associates and Russian intelligence officials. But they found no evidence the campaign was colluding with the Russians.
The White House says President Donald Trump knew for weeks that National Security Advisor Michael Flynn had misled them about his Russian contacts. Spokesman Sean Spicer says the president was informed in late January that Flynn didn’t tell Vice President Mike Pence the whole truth about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. A spokesman for Pence says he found out Flynn had been misleading after news reports surfaced last week. Flynn quit Monday after the President asked for his resignation. House Democrats are pushing for a full investigation of the circumstances surrounding Flynn’s resignation.
A view of this situation has been offered up from ‘the other side of the aisle.’ The leading Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee commented that Trump only moved against Flynn because of news media attention. Congressman Adam Schiff of California says the reason the administration lost faith in General Flynn only recently, when they knew for weeks that he had been lying, was that it became public.
President Trump apparently won’t advocate for a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians. That’s the word from the White House as Trump prepares for a visit from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today. An administration official says “peace is the goal,” however it is reached.
Actor Ashton Kutcher is headlining a Senate hearing on ending modern slavery and human trafficking today. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is holding the hearing. Kutcher is the co-founder of Thorn, a group that aims to use technology to fight the sexual exploitation of children.
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