Trump, Russia to share information on hacking
Russia, China and the United States have agreed to share “relevant information” about the hacking of Democratic National Committee emails and other files in the run-up to the November 8 presidential election, according to a senior administration official.
The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, did not specify how the information would be shared.
Trump has repeatedly said he will release the information.
But Trump’s transition team and allies have repeatedly insisted that he won’t reveal the full details of the hack, which was widely believed to be orchestrated by the Russian government.
Trump and his team have repeatedly suggested that Russia and/or his campaign colluded to help him win the election.
The official, who is familiar with the discussions, said that Russia has “a lot of information” on the hack that could help bolster the Trump campaign’s case.
The Trump transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Russians have been “very aggressive” in pursuing a counterintelligence investigation of the DNC hack, the official said.
In a separate development, the Justice Department is working with the FBI to investigate possible links between Russia and the Trump transition, according a person familiar with those discussions.
The two investigations are focused on whether the Trump team colluded with Russia during the 2016 election to try to help elect Trump.
The Justice Department has previously said it has evidence that Russia tried to influence the election and that Trump’s campaign team had contacts with Russian operatives.
The White House has dismissed the investigations as a partisan political vendetta by the Democratic Party and some Republicans.
In February, FBI Director Christopher Wray announced that the bureau was launching a counter-intelligence investigation into potential links between the Trump and Russian election interference efforts.
The probe would focus on whether Trump’s associates or supporters colluded in a campaign to interfere with the election or the Russians’ efforts to sway the election, Wray said at the time.
But the president has repeatedly denied any collusion between his campaign and Russia, saying it was all done by himself and his top aides.
The Russian government, which has denied interfering in the election in the 2016, has repeatedly sought to interfere in the U.S. presidential election and has used hacking, propaganda and disinformation campaigns in recent years.
The Kremlin has repeatedly attacked the U:S.
election and its outcome.
The hacking was a “total farce,” and Trump was the victim, said Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In December, Trump’s administration imposed sanctions on Russia for alleged meddling in the elections, saying the move was aimed at isolating Trump.
In July, Trump appointed former FBI Director James Comey to lead the bureau.
Comey has been widely viewed as a Trump antagonist because of his decision to reopen the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.