No Evidence Of Donald Trump Team's Collusion With Russians, Says White House
- Author: Leroy Wright May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 18:27
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Former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn declined on Monday to comply with a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee as it investigates possible Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
Earlier this week, Flynn's lawyer said the former national security adviser would invoke his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination in not complying with subpoenas from Senate investigators.
Schiff said the House Intelligence Committee's investigation was back on track after the committee's chairman, Republican Devin Nunes of California, stepped aside as a result of an ethics investigation.
"The subpoena seeks to compel [Flynn] to offer testimony through the act of producing documents that may or may not exist".
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".
White House national security adviser, and Carter Page, who served briefly in the Trump campaign as a foreign policy adviser had also received similar letters.
Flynn, a retired general, is a key witness in the Russian Federation investigations because of his ties to Moscow.
Brennan told the House intelligence committee on Tuesday that Russian Federation has used intermediaries to work with the WikiLeaks anti-secrecy group. "I don't have sufficient information to make a determination whether or not there was cooperation or complicity or collusion".
Any deal involving immunity would require discussion with Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed last week to oversee the criminal investigation into Russia's meddling in last year's US presidential election.
"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.
He also said when he stepped down from the Central Intelligence Agency as Mr Trump took office, he did not know if there had been collusion.
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.
"I don't feel it's appropriate to characterize discussions and conversations with the president", said Coats, a former Republican senator from IN, at a Senate Armed Services Committee worldwide threats hearing.
The Senate intelligence committee signaled in March that it was reviewing information about Kushner's Russian contacts and his role arranging meetings. The committee has already subpoenaed Flynn for documents regarding his contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign. The committee followed that Tuesday by issuing two new subpoenas to Flynn's business.