Intel officials say Russian Federation interfering to boost Trump campaign

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The newspaper adds that the "disclosure ... angered Mr. Trump, who complained that Democrats would use it against him".

Both Republicans and Democrats were reported to have asked the intelligence agencies to provide evidence for their conclusion that Russian Federation is working to re-elect Trump.

Representative Eric Swalwell, who serves on the House intelligence committee, tweeted simply: "Agent for Russian Federation".

US President Donald Trump has slammed the recently reported (but unsubstantiated) claims that Russian Federation will interfere to help him win the 2020 presidential election, saying the rumors are just "another misinformation campaign".

Two Trump administration officials told the New York Times that the replacement of Mr Maguire, so soon after the contentious briefing, was a coincidence. Trump has also repeatedly questioned the finding.

Nunes has defended the president from collusion allegations in the past, telling Fox News' America's Newsroom in May 2019, "Bob Mueller knew the day that he walked in the door there was no evidence of the Trump campaign colluding with Russians".

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Such inquiries have in the past triggered investigation into individual companies, leading to fines and other sanctions. Examples include making data centres and telecom networks "climate neutral" by 2030.

The Democratic chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Bennie Thompson of MS, dismissed Grenell as someone who, "by all accounts, rose to prominence in the Trump administration because of his personal devotion to Donald Trump and penchant for trolling the President's perceived enemies on Twitter".

After Coats resigned, Trump announced his intent to tap GOP Rep. John Ratcliffe, a former USA attorney and Trump loyalist who has also defended the president throughout the House impeachment hearings and Senate trial, for DNI.

While Trump has spoken with admiration about Putin, his administration, staffed with more traditionally Russia-skeptic Republicans, has provided military aid to Ukraine and pushed through sanctions that hit Moscow.

Russia's alleged interference sparked a two-year-long USA investigation headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

According to the New York Times account, last week's briefing was contentious with Trump's allies on the intelligence committee challenging the conclusions, arguing that the administration had been tough on Russian Federation. During a meeting with Putin on the sidelines of an global summit in Japan past year, Trump jokingly turned to Putin and playfully told him, "Don't meddle in the election, President".

When Trump heard about the briefing, he blamed the acting DNI, Joseph Maguire in the Oval Office, over what the president saw as disloyalty, the Washington Post reported.

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