Homeland's Nielsen: No Doubt Russia Tried to Interfere

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Her solutions included "partnership", "counter-messaging", and finding a "different way to communicate their message across in a non-violent way".

Antonov gave a few more details of what Mr. Trump and Putin talked about in Helsinki, but insisted that diplomatic discussions should remain discreet in order to be effective.

He said the hearings would be part of a response to election interference by Russian Federation in the upcoming November elections. "We discussed lots of great things for both countries, frankly". "So Republicans have told and are still telling witnesses "'do not come in" to intelligence committee hearings and "'don't tell the Democrats anything, '" Schiff alleged.

"If she can't state unequivocally that neo-Nazis and white supremacists are a threat to the American people, we must question her judgment".

"Then we would expect that the Americans would reciprocate and they would question officials, including the officers of law enforcement and intelligence services of the United States. who have something to do with illegal actions on the territory of Russian Federation, and we have to request the presence of our law enforcement". She had said on Wednesday the proposal was being considered.

The controversy escalated on Wednesday, when Sanders told reporters Trump was entertaining a proposal from Putin that would allow special counsel Robert Mueller's team to interrogate the 12 Russian military intelligence officials it indicted last week if, in exchange, the United States allowed the Russian government to interrogate certain Americans, including the former United States ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul.

He lashed out at USA media for having reported his reconciliatory remarks in the July 16 meeting with Putin as a sign to side with Russian Federation against United States intelligence community.

News of Trump's invitation to Putin appeared to catch even the president's top intelligence official by surprise.

Conflicting messages from the White House this week added to the confusion after Trump's overseas trip, during which he appeared to draw closer to Russian Federation after alienating North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, in an interview Thursday, described Russian interference in American elections as "undeniable" in comments that serve as another public rebuke to President Donald Trump.

The White House announcement comes as it laid out the agenda for an autumn summit between Trump and Putin in Washington that would focus on national security.

With the fallout from the Putin meeting matching or eclipsing previous controversies in Trump's turbulent 18-month presidency, critics of his performance in Helsinki included many fellow Republicans.

He also said Trump hadn't asked him for advice before the meeting: "If he had asked me how that ought to be conducted, I would have suggested a different way, but that's not my role". The official did not specify if that meant Russia's interference in USA elections.

Many in the White House did not immediately see fault in Sanders' comments that the West Wing was merely considering the Kremlin offer, but it provided fresh tinder for the bipartisan firestorm.

Nielsen also declined to say whether the systematic separation of migrant children from their parents was a form of child abuse and placed the blame for the policy on Congress's failure to pass immigration reform.