Concerns over Trump team, Russian Federation contacts — Ex-CIA head

The former national security adviser will invoke his Fifth Amendment protection against se. During that meeting, Trump reportedly called Comey a "real nut job" and said the firing had taken "great pressure" off him.

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer). U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz waves after addressing the Utah GOP Convention Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Sandy, Utah.

Former CIA director John Brennan today said he had no knowledge of any collusion between Russia and Trump campaign but he was aware that Russian intelligence service were actively involved in its effort to influence the United States presidential polls previous year.

He'll be appearing before the House Armed Services Committee in the afternoon on non-Russia-related business, but will likely still be grilled about Trump's request nonetheless. Flynn had rejected the earlier subpoena for records as being so broad that providing them could make him vulnerable.

Republicans on the committee pushed Brennan about whether there was evidence of collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. "But I know there was a basis to have individuals pull those threads".

The testimony revealed the extent to which the intelligence community knew about and was monitoring Russian interference in the election in favor of the Trump campaign and potential collusion with the campaign.

"It should be clear to everyone Russian Federation brazenly interfered in our 2016 presidential election process and that they undertook these activities despite our strong protests and explicit warning that they do not do so", Brennan said.

President Trump has predicted the investigations won't find collusion, but his efforts to cast doubt and curb the probes have led to the appointment of a special counsel at the Justice Department.

The nation's intelligence director says he won't comment on a news report that President Donald Trump asked him to publicly deny any collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.

Dan Coats, the current USA director of national intelligence, declined to comment Tuesday on a Washington Post report that said the president had asked him to publicly deny any collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign.

"On this topic, as well as other topics, I don't feel it's appropriate to characterize discussions and conversations with the president", Coats said.

It was the way that Trump introduced the information, not the fact that the information was introduced, that Brennan objected to. "There are court decisions that provide there may be a limited Fifth Amendment right in terms of document production, but it is only limited".

The committee leaders are directing the two new subpoenas at Flynn's Virginia-based businesses because businesses don't have a right to plead the Fifth, Warner said. "The only thing I can tell you is immunity is off the table", Burr said. But he said that there were information about the contacts between Russians and a USA person with the Trump campaign. We see contacts, interactions, between Russian officials and USA persons all the time.

"Many times (Americans) do not know that the individual they are interacting with is a Russian", Brennan said.

Brennan, who left as Central Intelligence Agency chief when Trump took office in January, said it became clear last summer Russian Federation was trying to interfere in the election, and that he warned the head of Russia's FSB security service that such interference would hurt USA ties.

The former Central Intelligence Agency chief said his meeting with Bortnikov was primarily focused on Syria, but that he also told the Russian official that Moscow's continued mistreatment of USA diplomats there was "irresponsible, reckless, intolerable, and needed to stop".

Brennan said that while he was Central Intelligence Agency director he shared classified information with Russian Federation and other nations about threats related to terrorism.

  • Zachary Reyes