Another probe joins the lengthening line to question ex-Trump adviser Flynn
- Author: Leroy Wright May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 13:18
President Trump has meddled in the Russian Federation investigation and tried to get the investigation dropped against Mike Flynn, but House Intel Committee Ranking Member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is warning that Flynn may be found in contempt of Congress if he ignores House subpoenas. It was also the most complete account to date of the CIA's thinking at a time when intelligence agencies were putting together evidence that Russian Federation was interfering in the heated US presidential race to help businessman Trump, a Republican, defeat Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton.
A day earlier, former CIA director John Brennan told a House committee that he had seen intelligence that "revealed contacts and interactions" between Russian officials and Americans "involved" in the Trump campaign.
That document had asked him to provide a wide array of records regarding his contacts with Russians and Russian business interests.
Trump's young administration has been dogged by concerns about its ties to Russia and questions over whether Trump associates may have cooperated with Russians as they sought to meddle in last year's election on Trump's behalf. One intelligence official told The Post that the White House asked the intelligence chiefs, "Can we ask him to shut down the investigation?"
The committee is investigating Russia's campaign meddling and possible ties to President Donald Trump's associates. Despite this new information, The Times said it still remains unclear whether the Russian officials had attempted to follow through on their implication and influenced Manafort and Flynn.
One of the reasons why John Brennan, then CIA Director, alerted the Federal Bureau of Investigation counter-intelligence folks about possible collusion is because the CIA intercepted phone calls from Russian officials talking openly about influencing Trump as a candidate and potentially as president.
The committee has not announced plans for additional subpoenas, though it is seeking documents and testimony from other members of the Trump campaign and transition teams.
Points of focus that pertain to Kushner include: the Trump campaign's 2016 data analytics operation; his relationship with former national security adviser Michael Flynn; and Kushner's own contacts with Russians, according to United States officials briefed on the probe.
Schiff also said House investigators want to examine any audio recordings kept by President Trump during private meetings in the White House.
As valuable as Gen. Flynn is to our counterintelligence investigation, we don't believe it's our place to offer him immunity. "Transcripts or tapes. My hope is the White House will comply".Stein said the soiree was "a great opportunity to lay out some of my foreign policy proposals and get Russian reactions to them".
Flynn was forced to resign after it became public knowledge that he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak during the transition period.
Brennan says such classified information is typically shared through intelligence channels, not visiting diplomats.
"This morning's hearings back up what we've been saying all along: that despite a year of investigation, there is still no evidence of any Russia-Trump campaign collusion", a spokesman said.