Ian Eppler // 4/16/17 //
British intelligence agencies intercepted communications between President Trump’s associates and Russian officials during the 2016 Election, reports CNN.
Given all of the Russian connections within President Trump’s team, are there too many to be coincidental, asks Jennifer Rubin at The Washington Post.
Trump’s abrupt shift to a diplomatic clash with Russia suggests unpredictable relations ahead (NYT).
The FBI obtained a FISA warrant to monitor a former Trump advisor, reports Ellen Nakashima, Devlin Barrett, and Adam Entous (WaPo).
Congressman urges “no unilateral change in our position on Russia” without the approval of Congress (The Hill).
The NYT breaks down the Russian hacking in 200 words.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has called on the Kremlin to “confront” its meddling in the 2016 U.S. Election (WaPo).
Congressman Devin Nunes will “step away” from the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, but what that means is unclear, notes Ian Samuel at Take Care.
There is clear evidence the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the election, argue Jordan Brunner, Quinta Jurecic, and Benjamin Wittes at Lawfare.