Ex-CIA head says he warned Russia about meddling

Lawyers disagree on whether the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination applies to subpoenas for documents.

Unlike Flynn, two other former Trump campaign officials have turned over documents to the committee related to its investigation of Russian meddling in the United States election. Mark Warner, D-Va., in remarks to reporters, said the subpoenas were sent to Flynn Intel LLC and Flynn Intel, Inc. with a specific list of documents they are seeking.

"The objective was to ensure that experts in key agencies had access to information and intelligence relevant to Russian actions so that we could have as full an appreciation as possible on the scope, nature, and intentions of this Russian activity", Brennan said.

"I don't have sufficient information to make a determination about whether or not such cooperation or complicity or collusion was taking place", Brennan said.

Congressman Adam Schiff, the top-ranking Democrat on the committee, on Wednesday confirmed that the subpoena is being prepared and could be issued this week despite the retired general's refusal to turn over documents lawmakers have requested in the probe, Efe news reported. Moreover, he stated that the committee has moved forward with the probe.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, said that he and ranking member Sen. If Flynn fails to respond, he could be charged with contempt of Congress.

Nevertheless, he said: "It should be clear to everyone that Russian Federation interfered in our presidential election process". But Burr and Warner questioned "whether you can take the Fifth, as it relates to document production".

The chairman of a House oversight committee says the FBI will not be turning over memos and other materials that detail discussions between former FBI Director James Comey and President Donald Trump.

Chaffetz said in a tweet Monday that Comey "wants to speak with Special Counsel (Robert Mueller) prior to public testimony".

In addition to the congressional scrutiny, Flynn is now a target of an FBI counterintelligence investigation, a federal probe in Virginia and a Defense Department inspector general's inquiry into the propriety of foreign payments he accepted.

Brennan, who headed the agency until Trump became president in January, also told a congressional hearing he personally warned the head of Russia's FSB security service in a phone call last August that meddling in the election would hurt relations with the US.

The intelligence was among the clues, including information about direct communications between Trump's advisers and Russian officials, USA officials received previous year as they began looking into Russian attempts to disrupt the election and whether any of Trump's associates were assisting Moscow, the newspaper said.

  • Zachary Reyes