>> If there's been any consistency in the first 100 days of Trump's presidency, it's been the drip drip of leaks and disclosures on Russia's interference in the 2016 election. And any possible connections to Trump's inner circle, a point the president has been quick to dismiss.>> It's all fake news, it's phony stuff.
>> Dustin Volz is Reuters' cyber security correspondent in Washington.>> There's been perhaps no darker cloud over Trump's first 100 days in office than the ongoing investigations into Russian interference during the election last year. We have essentially three main investigations going on right now. The House Intelligence Committee, The Senate Intelligence Committee, and the FBI are all looking at what did Russia do during the election.
And, potentially, who in the Trump orbit was aware or perhaps colluding with Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin?>> Under scrutiny for their contacts with Russia, Trump's former national security advisor, Michael Flynn. Who most recently became the subject of a Pentagon investigation for payments received from the Kremlin back in 2015.
Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, his former foreign policy advisor, Carter Page, and a handful of others who are all expected to testify over their alleged ties to Russia.>> There is still no smoking gun that in any way implicates the president himself. Pointing to him, saying, he was in some way engaging with Russia and working with them in some way to hack the Democrats and undermine our democratic process.
Although->> Wikileaks!>> There are statements he made during the campaign, and since, that have definitely given alarm to a lot of his critics. Including, at one point late in the campaign last year, telling Wikileaks that he hoped that it could help hack Clinton's e-mails to find the 30,000 that had been missing from the review of her e-mail server.
>> Since Trump took office, he's taken a less favorable view of leakers, trying to shift focus away from the allegations and onto the people who disclosed classified information from the investigations. He's also made unsubstantiated claims that the Obama administration was spying on him. An accusation that contributed to partisan chaos within the House Intelligence Committee and to the recusal of the committee's Republican Chairman, Devin Nunes.
Meanwhile, the Senate Intelligence Committee faces criticism over its investigation, due to an understaffed office of a reported seven people. Far fewer than what the 911 or Iraq war WMD investigations had. Despite the challenges, the investigations are expected to accelerate during the next 100 days of Trump's presidency.