House Intelligence members signed off on the agreement Monday evening, setting the boundaries for a high-profile look into the Trump administration's connections to Russian officials during the campaign.
"This situation was serious, as is evident by President Obama's call for a review-and as is evident by the United States response", Eric Schultz, Obama's spokesman, said.
The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that the instructions were sent to White House staff on Wednesday.
Trump denounced intelligence agencies for their assessment that Russian Federation sought to influence the election on his behalf, prompting concerns about his support for them.
The Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election, has also asked more than a dozen organisations, agencies and individuals to preserve relevant records.
The Obama administration also tried to spread the information outside of the executive branch of government, passing along some intelligence to members of Congress.
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The New York Times reported that these actions were not directed by President Barack Obama. The White House has launched an aggressive effort to discredit the report, including enlisting GOP chairmen of the congressional intelligence committees to push back against it.
US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation sought to influence the presidential election to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Earlier this year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed Michael Flynn, then Trump's national security adviser, about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the us after the election.
Flynn resigned last month after admitting that he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. In one instance, the State Department sent a cache of documents marked "secret" to Senator Benjamin Cardin of Maryland days before the January 20 inauguration.
Although it's not improper for an incoming administration to hold meetings with foreign ambassadors, the NY Times makes pointed mention of how "all meetings between Trump associates and Russians are now significant".
The Washington Post's report was followed up by one in the Wall Street Journal, quoting sources as saying USA investigators have already started examining contacts between Mr Sessions and Russian officials during the presidential campaign.