House Intelligence Committee likely to issue subpoena for Flynn

"It should be clear to everyone that Russian Federation brazenly interfered in our 2016 presidential election process", Brennan said on Tuesday, "and that they undertook these activities despite our strong protests and explicit warning that they do not do so". The public has to know what happened, he said, because election-related hacking will continue and the best defense is for voters to understand what took place during last year's campaign. "But I know there was a basis to have individuals pull those threads".

Both men had indirect ties to Russian officials, who appeared confident that each could be used to help shape Trump's opinions on Russia.

Instead of rookie reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein this time, however, veteran reporters at the Post have claimed that President Trump called two top intelligence community figures to request that they publicly deny any evidence of collusion between his campaign and the Russian government that may have influenced the outcome of the 2016 election.

Coats told senators at a separate hearing that it would be inappropriate to discuss private conversations with the president.

Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the Senate panel, told CNN he would consider holding Flynn in contempt, if the committee's lawyers determine that's an option. "If all of this is part of a pattern by the White House of interference or worse, that's something that we have to find out about and it's something we have to stop", he said.

One memo reportedly recounts Trump pressuring Comey to shut down an investigation into the foreign ties of foreign national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Manafort's response became public one day after former CIA Director John Brennan told the House Intelligence Committee about the extent of Russian interference.

As for Flynn's previous offer to spill his secrets in exchange for legal immunity, Schiff was deeply skeptical the House Intelligence Committee would entertain it.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr says the panel may consider a contempt-of-Congress charge if there is no response from Flynn. Everything but immunity, he added.

President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, two leaders with contrasting styles and differing world views, met at the Vatican City on Wednesday, setting aside their previous clashes to broadcast a tone of peace for an audience around the globe.

A new report says US intelligence services obtained information during the 2016 presidential election that showed senior Russian officials discussing how to influence Donald Trump through his campaign advisers. Brennan says the contacts raised questions about whether Russian Federation was trying to gain the cooperation of those individuals.

Federal inquiries have focused for some time on Page, who was the subject of a secret warrant past year issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, based on suspicion he may have been acting as an agent of the Russian government.

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Nevertheless, he said: "It should be clear to everyone that Russian Federation interfered in our presidential election process".

"It should be clear to everyone that Russian Federation brazenly interfered in our 2016 presidential election process", Brennan said at the hearing.

Brennan also addressed news reports that Trump, in an Oval Office meeting this month with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador, shared highly classified information provided by a USA ally about an Islamic State group plot to bring down civilian airliners with bombs hidden in laptop computers.

The more they try to minimize Kremlingate - as they did again yesterday, while questioning former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan - the more they soil themselves.

  • Leroy Wright