President Donald Trump has lashed out on the US intelligence neighborhood and media after new experiences of contacts between members of his group and Russia.
Mr Trump accused the Nationwide Safety Company (NSA) and FBI of giving out info illegally.
Some US media say prime Trump aides had been in fixed communication with Russian officers within the election marketing campaign.
Intelligence officers beforehand stated they believed Russia tried to affect the vote in favour of Mr Trump.
Moscow has dismissed the declare, describing it as primarily based on unsubstantiated details.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated on Wednesday that the newest experiences of contacts with Trump aides had been “not primarily based on any details”.
On Thursday Rex Tillerson is due for his first assembly as US secretary of state with Russian Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov, at a G20 gathering within the German metropolis of Bonn.
‘Leaks’ to media
The most recent allegations look set to reignite tensions between the president and his personal intelligence companies, which flared throughout the 2016 election marketing campaign, says BBC Washington correspondent Gary O’Donoghue.
They arrive a day after Nationwide Safety Adviser Michael Flynn resigned amid a row over experiences he mentioned US sanctions with Russia earlier than Mr Trump took workplace.
Main Republicans have joined requires a large investigation into Mr Flynn’s hyperlinks with Russia.
Mr Trump appeared to assault the NSA and the FBI for what he described as leaks to the media concerning the contacts.
“Data is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence neighborhood (NSA and FBI?),” he tweeted.
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However in another tweet he steered that the experiences had been “non-sense” produced by his Democratic opponents.
“This Russian connection non-sense is merely an try and cover-up the numerous errors made in Hillary Clinton’s dropping marketing campaign.”
The tweets got here after the New York Times quoted unnamed former and present officers as saying that the communications had been intercepted as proof of Russian hacking of the Democratic Nationwide Committee was coming to gentle. Different media have since corroborated the experiences.
The intercepted communications had been stated to be between Trump marketing campaign officers and different associates on the one hand, and Russian intelligence and authorities officers on the opposite.
Nevertheless, the officers interviewed by the Instances stated that they had seen no proof of the Trump group colluding within the hacking.
Mr Flynn and Mr Trump’s former marketing campaign supervisor, Paul Manafort, had been stated to be amongst these talked about by the officers.
Mr Manafort informed the newspaper: “I’ve by no means knowingly spoken to Russian intelligence officers, and I’ve by no means been concerned with something to do with the Russian authorities or the Putin administration or another points beneath investigation right this moment.
“It is not like these individuals put on badges that say: ‘I am a Russian intelligence officer.'”
In addition to an FBI investigation, each the Senate and Home intelligence committees are already analyzing Russian involvement within the election. It isn’t but clear whether or not the newest claims shall be included of their scope.