Former CIA director tells Congress he warned Russian Federation about meddling

The House Intelligence Committee will issue subpoenas to former national security adviser Michael Flynn in its investigation into Russian election interference, the committee's top Democrat confirmed Wednesday.

First, Warner said the committee is directing the new subpoenas at two of Flynn's businesses because they do not have the right to plead the Fifth.

"If all of this is part of a pattern of interference by the White House or worse, we have to find out", Schiff said at The Christian Science Monitor Breakfast in Washington.

The House Intelligence Committee will subpoena former Trump adviser Michael Flynn after he refused to cooperate with the panel's investigation into Trump campaign ties with Russian Federation.

Warner said earlier Tuesday he doesn't believe that Flynn's decision to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights gives him blanket immunity.

Then on Monday, reports said Trump asked Coats and Rogers to publicly deny that there was any evidence his campaign associates colluded with the Russians.

On Tuesday, former CIA Director John Brennan told lawmakers he had noticed contacts between associates of Trump's campaign and Russian Federation during the campaign and grew concerned Moscow had sought to lure Americans down "a treasonous path".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not disclose contacts with foreign dignitaries, including the Russian ambassador, on a security clearance form he submitted as a United States senator a year ago, the Justice Department acknowledged Wednesday. He said Flynn would have to jump through many hoops to even have a shred of hope of securing that protection.

"And that they undertook the activities despite our strong protests and explicit warning they not do so", said Brennan, who served as Central Intelligence Agency director from 2013 until January of this year when Trump took office.

The intelligence panels are among five congressional committees looking into the allegations involving links between Russian Federation and Mr Trump's November 8 victory. "We must pursue that investigation with vigor, no matter who might stand in the way of it".

Brennan said he had seen intelligence that "revealed contacts and interactions" between Russian officials and Americans "involved" in the Trump campaign.

Flynn could choose to contest the congressional subpoenas seeking his business records, but legal experts said he would not prevail.

Committee leaders were frustrated with the response and changed the request in a seeming attempt to call Mr Flynn's lawyers' bluff. "They ought to work with the committee".The Senate Intelligence Committee is probing possible links between the Trump campaign and Kremlin.

"We've been very specific in the documents now that we've requested from General Flynn", Burr said.

Schiff also told reporters the committee was trying to obtain an audio recording of any conversation between Trump and former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired this month, or Comey's notes on his meeting with the Republican president.

Brennan's testimony to the House intelligence committee was the clearest public description yet of the significance these contacts play in counterintelligence investigations that continue to hang over the White House.

  • Zachary Reyes