Senate intel issues 2 new subpoenas related to Flynn

The CIA alerted the Federal Bureau of Investigation to a troubling pattern of contacts between Russian officials and associates of Donald Trump's presidential campaign a year ago, former CIA Director John Brennan testified Tuesday.

The top two leaders of the Senate intelligence committee are leaving the door open to holding Michael Flynn in contempt of Congress after President Trump's former national security adviser said he would invoke his Fifth Amendment rights rather than comply with a subpoena.

Citing three current and former American officials, the Times said USA intelligence officials collected information last summer showing Russians zeroed in on Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, a former head of US military intelligence who was a key Trump campaign adviser.

"I encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and USA persons involved in the Trump campaign", he added.

"My radar goes up when I see that the Russians are actively involved in a particular operation or campaign and that USA persons are being contacted by Russian officials", he said.

This is a developing story. On Monday, in response to the Senate committee's earlier requests, Flynn invoked his constitutional right not to incriminate himself in regard to details about interactions between himself and the Russians.

"At the end of that option is a contempt charge and I've said that everything is on the table", Burr said.

In this photo taken February 10, 2017, then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn sits in the front row in the East Room of the White House, in Washington.

His attorney wrote to the committee that "the context in which the Committee has called for General Flynn's testimonial production of documents makes clear that he has more than a reasonable apprehension that any testimony he provides could be used against him".

"The Oversight Committee has in our possession documents that appear to indicate that General Flynn lied to the investigators who interviewed him in 2016 as part of his security clearance renewal", the letter read. Climate change activists projected the words "Planet Earth First" on the massive dome of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Tuesday night and protests are expected later in the week when Trump travels to Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting and Sicily for a G-7 gathering. Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone has also complied with the committee's requests and answered its questions, according to Stone's attorney, Robert Buschel.

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.

Brennan's interlocutor denied any Russian interference but said he would pass on the warning to President Vladimir Putin, the ex-CIA chief said. "We would like him to tell his story because he publicly said: 'I've got a story to tell.' We're allowing him that opportunity to tell it".

Coats said he would not discuss conversation he might have had with the President. He said he told the committee he remains ready to testify without immunity and in public.

On another intelligence matter, Brennan said that while he was CIA director he shared classified information with Russian Federation and other nations about threats related to terrorism.

Brennan also said that, if press reports are accurate, Trump may have violated two major protocols governing the sharing of classified information when he spoke with Russian diplomats in the Oval Office on May 10.

Brennan says that Russian protests that they are not working with WikiLeaks and WikiLeaks protests that they are not working with the Russians are both "disingenuous". It raised questions in my mind, about whether the Russians were able to gain the cooperation of those individuals.

The department said Sessions' staff relied on the guidance of the FBI investigator handling the background check, who advised that meetings with foreign dignitaries "connected with Senate activities" did not have to be reported on the form.

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