Russia probe complicating House hearing on threats facing US: report

Russia probe complicating House hearing on threats facing US: report
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The investigations into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia's election meddling has complicated the House Intelligence Committee's annual hearing on the U.S. global threat assessment, Democratic sources tell Reuters.

The sources told the news organization that Republican leaders have not moved to schedule the hearing. 

The hearing would involve key leaders of the intelligence community, who would most likely be asked by Democrats about "material omissions of fact" that the FBI found in the classified memo released by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee earlier this month, which alleges surveillance abuses at the Justice Department. 

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None of the intelligence community directors have received invitations to the hearing, an unnamed U.S. official revealed to Reuters.

The reported dispute on the House committee is the latest sign of a divide over the intelligence community's conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers release defense bill with parental leave-for-Space-Force deal House Democrats expected to unveil articles of impeachment Tuesday Houston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence MORE has repeatedly called the congressional probes and the investigation by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign a “witch hunt.”

The president says there was no collusion between Russia and his campaign.

The report comes days after FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHillicon Valley: Amazon alleges Trump interfered in Pentagon contract to hurt Bezos | Federal council warns Trump of cyber threats to infrastructure | China to remove foreign technology from government offices Trump, Russian foreign minister to meet Tuesday Impeachment, Ukraine, Syria and warheads color Washington visit by top Russian diplomat MORE, and Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsFormer US intel official says Trump would often push back in briefings Hillicon Valley: Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract in court | State antitrust investigation into Google expands | Intel agencies no longer collecting location data without warrant Intelligence agencies have stopped collecting cellphone data without warrants: letter MORE presented the 2018 Worldwide Threat Assessment before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Coats told that committee that there “should be no doubt” that Russia believes it was successful in influencing the 2016 election, and that it is aiming to similarly target the 2018 midterm elections. 

Wray revealed to the Senate committee that Trump has not directed him to stop the Russian efforts targeting this year's contests.