As Russia story clouds presidency, Trump calls controversy 'fake news,' 'total scam'

Retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn White House national security adviser-designate center stands in an elevator at Trump Tower in New York U.S. on Thursday Jan. 12 2017. Donald Trump is slated to meet with AT&T Inc.'s top executives on Thursd

Retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn White House national security adviser-designate center stands in an elevator at Trump Tower in New York U.S. on Thursday Jan. 12 2017. Donald Trump is slated to meet with AT&T Inc.'s top executives on Thursd

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffSchiff: "Alarm bells" should go off when Trump calls something "fake" Former House intel chief: "I wouldn't grant immunity" Top Intelligence committee Dem: Too early to draw conclusions on Russia probe MORE (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that it is too early to definitely conclude that members of President Trump's campaign staff colluded with Russian associates to interfere in the USA election.

Spicer said the White House is committed to working with the House and Senate Intelligence Committees "to get to the bottom of what happened here, why it happened, and who was involved". "What he did, what he saw, who he met with was 100 per cent proper", Mr Spicer said of Mr Nunes.

Nunes visited the White House last week to brief President Trump after he said he learned that the US intelligence community had incidentally collected information on members of his transition team.

President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has initially failed to disclose that he received money from Russia's state-funded television network, RT, for a speech in Moscow and from Volga-Dnepr Airlines and cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Government Security Solutions Inc. for speaking about engagements in the United States in initial financial disclosures to the Office of Government Ethics.

"Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!", the President tweeted.

Farkas parted ways with the White House in 2015 and defended herself on Twitter, saying she didn't personally "give anybody anything except advice" on Russian Federation information and wanted Congress to ask for facts.

"While I can not discuss the content of the documents, if the White House had any concern over these materials, they should have been shared with the full committees in the first place, as a part of our ordinary oversight responsibilities", Schiff said.

For the White House, it was another chaotic day in which its attempt to regain control of the political conversation - this time through two executive orders on trade - was relegated to an afterthought in Washington.

Kushner, like President Trump, a prominent real estate titan, held a position in 267 separate entities, ranging from the President Trump transition team to dozens of property holdings in NY and New Jersey.

The White House has embraced a top Republican's assertion that information about Trump associates were improperly spread around the government in the final days of the Obama administration.

Democrats have been searching for a hero since real estate mogul Donald Trump captured the presidency in a stunning upset.

In many ways, the first weeks of the Trump White House have resembled a chaotic tech startup.

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Nunes denied that the materials came from anyone affiliated with the White House, and said "those reports are mostly wrong".

Trump's White House has looked for other ways seize the reins. A longtime confidante of Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who had served as the Republican National Committee chairman, Walsh viewed Trump with skepticism throughout much of the campaign.

"Farkas was no longer in government when she urged officials to collect intelligence on "the staff, the Trump staff, dealing with Russians".

The White House took the unusual move of having several aides gather a small group of reporters to insist, on background, that Walsh was not being fired and was simply leaving on her own accord.

The discrepancy on reporting income linked to Russian Federation could add to Flynn's legal woes.

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Former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense Evelyn Farkas is seen during a panel discussion during the Wroclaw Global Forum in Wroclaw, Poland, on June 2, 2016.

The White House has refused to comment on the Times report, but has not dismissed it outright. I used to work at the NSC.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Friday that Nunes did nothing wrong in coming to the White House, and he brushed off questioners who asked why Nunes briefed Trump about information he acquired from two White House officials in the first place. "As Chairman Nunes said himself, he was not hiding or roaming".

Nunes is facing criticism for going to Trump after a secret intelligence briefing before reporting his findings to his committee. "Basically say, don't look at me, don't look at Russian Federation, there's nothing to see here", Schiff said.

The White House contends that Nunes' information - which has not been made public - validates Trump's explosive claim that his predecessor wiretapped his NY skyscraper.

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