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Trump and Russia a cause for concern on Capitol Hill

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By Christopher Cummins  with Agencies
Trump and Russia a cause for concern on Capitol Hill

Leading Republicans and Democrats have joined calls for a detailed investigation into Michael Flynn’s Russian connections.

The disgraced former national security adviser to President Donald Trump resigned on Monday.

Flynn quit over revelations he discussed US sanctions with Russia before Trump took office in a serious breach of protocol.

The Russian connection has now widened following a New York Times report that phone records and intercepted calls show senior members of Trump’s campaign team and others in his camp “had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election.”

To date there is no evidence to suggest that the Trump campaign team colluded with the Russians to hack the Democratic National Committee.

The Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky addressed the media: “The fundamental question for us is what is our involvement in it and who ought to look at it. And the intelligence committees are already looking at Russian involvement in our election.”

The Democrats joined the call for transparency.

Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York:
“Was General Flynn directed or authorised to do what he did? What was the extent of his conversations and contacts with Russia? Why did they act only when they were caught misleading the media?”

The Russian contact scandal is gathering pace, former White House journalist Dan Rather, famed for his work on Watergate, said the Russian scandal is “cascading in intensity seemingly by the hour and we may look back and see, in the end, that it is at least as big as Watergate.”

US intelligence has already expressed the belief that Russia ordered the hacking of Democratic campaign emails to assist in the election of the 45th president, Donald Trump.