Efforts also were undertaken narrow the number of people who could access information about sources and the identities of foreigners being monitored - presumably as a way to keep it out of too many hands in the incoming administration.

Representative Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader of the House, demanded that Sessions to resign, Tweeting that "he is not fit to serve as the top law enforcement officer of our country".

Granted there really was an effort by Russian Federation to impact the election but evidence that Trump's campaign was involved remains elusive.

On January 6, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released a report saying U.S. intelligence agencies had a high degree of confidence that Russian Federation meddled in the United States presidential election, but did not offer any evidence.

Like several others in Trump's Cabinet, the 73-year-old Coats may not see eye to eye with the president, however. Mattis opposes the practice.

"My only concern about your nomination is you're one of the most likable, affable, easygoing people I've ever met, and I liked traveling with you and working with you on this committee". If evidence of criminality surfaces, then it will be time for the special prosecutor. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., Trump's pick for Central Intelligence Agency director.

Obama officials describe meetings in Europe between Kremlin associates and Trump confidants. What followed was a push to preserve the intelligence that underscored the deep anxiety with which the White House and American intelligence agencies had come to view the threat from Moscow.

One official said the memo from the counsel's office instructs White House staff to preserve material from Trump's time in office, and for those who worked on the campaign, relevant material from the election.

Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Ranking Member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., released a statement outlining the scope of the investigation.

February 13: Russian Federation again denies the allegations that the men discussed sanctions, telling CNN: "We have already said there haven't been any".

"I'm not sure likability and affability are the qualities I want in this position", he said.

"This situation was serious, as is evident by President Obama's call for a review-and as is evident by the United States response", Eric Schultz, Obama's spokesman, said. "Blunt ... and other Republican senators on the Intelligence Committee stay strong here", she said. Dan Coats arrived on Capitol Hill Tuesday, appearing before a familiar committee but sitting in an unfamiliar spot.

Though Trump aides denied those reports, Trump's restructuring of the National Security Council through executive order removed a permanent seat for the director on the powerful principals committee and ultimately gave it to Central Intelligence Agency director Pompeo.

"I haven't had a chance to talk to Sen". He also happens to be the man over the investigation regarding Russian ties to Trump's win amusing enough. "We don't have a choice". Lawmakers must reauthorize by the end of the year for it to continue.

For example, improved relations with Russian Federation could signify a standstill in the United States' assistance to Syrian refugees and instead encourage the U.S.to have an increasing military presence in Aleppo, according to one CNN article.