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The Latest: Pro-Russia lawmaker to meet with Trump

April 04, 2017 - 12:00 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on investigations into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election (all times local):

12:50 p.m.

A Republican congressman who's emerged as Russia's top defender on Capitol Hill will meet with President Donald Trump at the White House Tuesday.

Ahead of the meeting, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California complained that a "brouhaha over nothing" is preventing the U.S. from establishing good relations "with this very big country and very powerful country."

Federal law enforcement authorities and bipartisan congressional investigators are looking into Russian meddling in the U.S. election and potential ties between Trump's campaign and Russia.

But Rohrabacher said: "What's happening is you've got the fake news avalanche trying to create the impression that something sinister is happening with Russia, and that is preventing us from negotiating and getting down into a real relationship where we can actually do some good by working together with Russia."

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12:11 p.m.

The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee says the White House "selectively and surreptitiously" gave intelligence documents to the committee's chairman that should have been provided to the entire congressional panel.

Rep. Adam Schiff says the White House was "duplicitous" in its conduct and has not explained why it tried to hide its role. He says the White House isn't a whistleblower, as initial reports characterized Rep. Devin Nunes' secret source.

Nunes is chairman of the House intelligence committee and was a member of Donald Trump's transition team. He was provided access to intelligence reports by Trump's national security council on White House grounds.

The House intelligence committee is conducting one of three investigations into Russia's interference in the election.

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12:15 p.m.

A top Obama national security adviser says it's "absolutely false" that the previous administration used intelligence about President Donald Trump's associates for political purposes.

Susan Rice says it was sometimes necessary for her to request the identity of Americans whose communications were swept up in intelligence reports. She says the requests were only be made for national security purposes.

According to a U.S. official, Trump national security aides discovered that Rice requested the identities of Trump campaign advisers. Rice, in an interview on MSNBC, would not say whether she had viewed intelligence involving Trump and his aides. She said that information is classified.

Rice also denied that she leaked information to the press, saying "I leaked nothing to nobody."

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