Senate committee to investigate Trump team's Russian Federation links

The US Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday announced a probe into possible contacts between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's presidential campaign, expanding the scope of its inquiry beyond the cyber-attacks and propaganda efforts alleged in a recent intelligence report.

The committee's chairman, Sen.

Mr. Pompeo said it was "pretty clear" to him that Russian agents had engaged in a cyber propaganda campaign to influence the election, and that the meddling was likely part of "a long-standing effort" by Moscow. After all, a recent report revealed USA intelligence officials were advising Israel not to share information with the Trump team for fear of leaks, while the president-elect's CIA director pick admitted during his Senate confirmation hearing that he thought the information regarding Russia's interference with the election was "sound".

President-elect Trump nominated Pompeo to run the Central Intelligence Agency after winning the election in November.

Mattis also said Russia, China and armed groups were presenting the biggest challenge to the US-led world order since World War II, accused Moscow of trying to break up North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and called for Congress to lift spending caps undermining military readiness.

Pompeo said there were legal boundaries, adding the Op-Ed was about "the US's obligation to do all it could in a lawful constitutional manner to collect foreign intelligence important to keeping Americans safe".

While most senators questioning Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) chose to focus on subject matters like terrorism, torture, and intelligence gathering during his hearing to become the next director of the CIA, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) used her time during the hearing to focus on his views on climate change and equal protection laws for LGBT CIA workers.

Republicans control the Intelligence Committee, of course, just as they control all House and Senate committees right now, which I can only assume means that Team Trump was consulted on this decision and approved. Instead, Pompeo said Russian Federation "has reasserted itself aggressively" by "invading and occupying Ukraine", and furthermore is "doing almost nothing to aid in the destruction of ISIS" with its air campaign in Syria.

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"I can't imagine that I would be asked that by the president-elect or the then-president", he added, referring to Donald Trump.

The report, essentially a declassified version of a highly classified report, was released the same day President-elect Trump met with the heads of the FBI, CIA and other intelligence-gatherers. Rubio, a member of the Intelligence Committee, anxious that the next step might be for the Kremlin to embarrass or discredit a US lawmaker whose policy positions it doesn't like.

Yet, Pompeo called the Iranians "professionals at cheating" and said he would work to improve United States capability to detect violations of Tehran's commitment to curb its nuclear activities. When the lights didn't go back on, the hearing was moved to a different building.

"Absolutely not", Pompeo said.

Equally, he said that he would drop the opposition he has had as a lawmaker to the nuclear deal between Iran and major powers.

In 2014, Pompeo co-sponsored the State Marriage Defense Act after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

On Thursday, Pompeo did not say whether he'd support the organization or whether he considered himself an ally.

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