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chuck schumer and a number of democrats this morning will be speaking about russia and their meddling in u.s. affairs. reporter matt house tweeting, senator schumer called a democratic caucus meeting to discuss general flynn's resignation. that will take place at 11:30 eastern and we plan to have that live for you here on c-span. a bipartisan group of house members held a meeting on the same topic this morning that is actually still going on. we are planning to show that to you later on the c-span networks. you can also watch it online at c-span.org. while we wait for senator schumer gather under way we'll hear from a "new york times" reporter about trump communications with russia and that's from this morning's
"washington journal." the lead story for "the new york times" this morning, trump eight had contact with russian intelligence. u.s. officials tell of a flurry of phone calls with russian officials before the election. michael schmidt is joining us on the phone. good morning. guest: thank you for having me. i'm sorry about the noise in the background. contextn you give us on how this story developed for you? been a lot of tension around the russia investigation and with the u.s. government knows about russian efforts to hack organizations in the u.s. leading up to the election. we've learned that there has been expensive contact -- extensive contact between trump officials and russian intelligence officials. as a very alarming thing for american law enforcement.
why is this going on from especially at a time that trump is saying the russians should release it clinton's emails? -- hillary clinton's emails? these were people that work for the campaign and associates of trump as well. some of the communications , someonepaul manafort helping him before with republican delegate counting for the convention. ,e also know that michael flynn the national security adviser ,ho resigned just two days ago was one of these people who had extensive contact with russians and was talking to them.
as the fbi tries to piece this together, they look at this and say we cannot find the same level of medication between the trump folks and other officials in other countries. what was really going on here? seen we talk to have not any conclusive evidence that there was collusion between the trump campaign and the russians. we are going to do business in that part of the world, you will likely run up against russian intelligence officials who are embedded in this society. host: we know anything about the nature of the conversations back and forth between these two parties? guest: we don't know about the content of the conversations and i think the u.s. government there ise of that, but simply call logs they have that show the communications between the two. host: as far as reaction from
the white house to the story, have you heard any response from the white house today? guest: sean spicer stood by his statement that there had been no contact between trump folks and russians in the lead up to the election. he stood by that statement. that is not what i reporting has shown. mr. spicer had been provided misleading information about general flynn and general flynn's contact with the russians. what he is saying does not add up with our understanding of things. oft: will there be a release a list of those who had communications with the russians? guest: we will publish what information we believe to be accurate and that we feel confident his right. right.
we are staying on this story like others are and we are trying to understand what went on here and what the connections were. this and the intelligence committee is looking at this. .he fbi is looking at this -- the house intelligence committee is looking at this. host: is there anything you want to add to the story? guest: it is still early. presidency were a baseball game, there would be one out in the top of the first inning. there's a lot more to play out here. it is very early, but an enormous amount has happened in a very short time. from "theael schmidt new york times" joining us to talk about his story. >> and president trump has been tweeting about all of this with
russia. he says this morning, this russian connection nonsense is merely an attempt to cover up the many mistakes made in hillary clinton's losing campaign. also saying, the russian connection -- sorry -- the information is being illegally given to the failing "new york times" and "washington post" by the intelligence community, the n.s.a. and f.b.i., just like russia. was obama too soft on russia? and then he also tweeted this? the real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by intelligence like candy. very un-american. all those tweets by president trump earlier today. should let you know that coming up at about 11:30 this morning, senate minority leader chuck schumer along with a number of senate democrats will be talking about russia and their apparent meddling in u.s. affairs. that, again, will be at 11:30 eastern today here on c-span. also, we are planning to bring
you coverage of the bipartisan group of house members holding a briefing on the same topic this morning. as soon as that is finished, we're planning to bring that to you here on c-span. right now, though, remarks from a reporter, christina marcos, as a matter of fact, of "the hill" as she discussed reaction on capitol hill to michael flynn's resignation as national security advisors from this morning's "washington journal." happening in congress. christie marcos of the hill joins us. can you tell us where the senate is on an investigation? guest: that they have been sending mixed signals of the last 24 hours. in the house, the leaders that are charged with oversight not expressing a lot of interest in investigating what trump new and what led to the circumstances that resulted in michael flynn's resignation. jason chase is