The memo, sent to White House staff on Tuesday, follows a request from Senate Democrats last week asking the White House - as well as law enforcement agencies - to keep all materials involving contacts that Trump's administration, campaign and transition team - or anyone acting on their behalf - have had with Russian government officials or their associates. "There continues to be no there, there", Sean Spicer, the White House spokesman, said.
The White House contends that Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe told White House chief of staff Reince Priebus on February 15, the day after the Times piece was published, that the article was "bullshit".
USA intelligence analysts have concluded that Russian Federation tried to help Trump win the White House by discrediting Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her party through cyber attacks.
Nunez also said that he will not subpoena Trump's tax returns as part of the committee's investigation into alleged links to the Russian government.
Who didn't do it: The Times says Obama was not personally involved. NSA chief wants to loosen rules on cyberweapons MORE (D-Calif) agreed on the scope of their committee's investigation into issues surrounding Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
Shep added that the speech came on the same day that "House Republicans killed a Democratic measure that would have pressured the Justice Department to turn over documents related to the Trump administration's ties to Russian Federation".
Russia Bombed US-Backed Coalition Fighters in Syria
Forces of the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, backed by Russian airstrikes, have moved into the region from the south. Elements of the Turkish military supporting the Free Syrian Army militia are also operating against ISIS in the area.
The involvement of North Carolina Senator Richard Burr and California Representative Devin Nunes has sparked calls - mostly from Democrats - for a special prosecutor to investigate Russia's role in the election and possible ties to Trump.
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.
"Trump's statements stoked fears among some that intelligence could be covered up or destroyed-or its sources exposed-once power changed hands", the New York Times writes.
The FBI interviewed Flynn about the contacts days after the inauguration.
His comments came after revelations that Attorney General Jeff Sessions met twice with Russia's ambassador to the United States and failed to disclose those meetings when asked about the topic during his confirmation hearing. Should the information be verified, it would conflict with Sessions's testimony in his confirmation hearing in January when he assured Congress he "did not have communications with the Russians". Attorney General Jeff Sessions acknowledged this week that he had met twice with him during the campaign, despite previous denials.