Reince Priebus, President Trump’s Chief of Staff, confirms that US intelligence community has found no evidence of secret links between Trump campaign and Russian intelligence.
Russia’s recognition of documents issued to their citizens by the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics stops well short of diplomatic recognition, but as well as having humanitarian considerations it appears intended as a warning to Merkel and the Europeans to take the settlement process of the Ukrainian conflict more seriously.
President Trump confirms during marathon press conference that his priority before negotiating with the Russians is to shore up his position at home. He has taken a first step towards rooting out his opponents in the intelligence community by asking the Justice Department to instruct the FBI to undertake a criminal investigation of the leaks which brought down General Flynn.
The officials who leaked information from tapes of General Flynn’s conversations with Russian ambassador Kislyak to the media were almost certainly coming a serious federal felony. It is in President Trump’s interests in order to assert his control of the bureaucracy that he gets the Department of Justice to instruct the FBI to undertake a full leaks investigation.