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 TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE has repeatedly called the congressional probes and the investigation by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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 PompeoGrassley to administration: You must consult Congress on refugee cap Graham knocks South Korea over summit with North Shrapnel in Yemen strikes links US-made bombs to 63 civilian deaths: report MORE, and Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsDem lawmakers slam Trump’s declassification of Russia documents as ‘brazen abuse of power’ Nunes: Russia probe documents should be released before election The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Cuomo wins and Manafort plea deal 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.