Former head of Central Intelligence Agency says it knew of Trump team's Moscow links
- Author: Leroy Wright May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 12:55
Congressman Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said they'll also issue subpoenas to get Flynn to cooperate, adding that if President Trump asked intelligence officials to deny evidence, it suggests obstruction.
The two men testified at separate congressional hearings amid a political storm in Washington over the fallout from Trump's firing on May 9 of FBI Director James Comey. Any immunity agreement, he said, would only take place after speaking with former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the executive branch's investigation into potential collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's associates.
Citing the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, Flynn's lawyer said on Monday that Flynn would not comply with subpoenas from the Senate intelligence committee, which is conducting its own parallel investigation into Russia's interference in the election and whether it colluded with President Donald Trump's associates.
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.
The former Central Intelligence Agency director told lawmakers that while there were contacts, he had not obtained evidence of "collusion" between Trump's team and Moscow.
Earlier this week, former CIA Director John Brennan delivered his testimony to the House Intelligence Committee saying that he was concerned by the Trump campaign's "interactions" during the election.
Brennan testified that he spoke with the head of the Russian intelligence service on August 4 and was the first US official to call out the Russians for their activities. Still, he stopped short of accusing the Trump campaign of collusion.
Coats sidestepped the question but did not deny that Trump made the request.
Schiff also said House investigators want to examine any audio recordings kept by President Trump during private meetings in the White House.
Coats and Rogers declined the request, the Post reported.
"I don't have sufficient information to make a determination about whether or not such cooperation or complicity or collusion was taking place... but I know there was a basis to have individuals pull those threads".
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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 sought to lure Americans down 'a treasonous path'.