Senate issues subpoenas targeting Michael Flynn's businesses

The report says the Russian officials thought Manafort and Flynn could be used to influence Trump's views on Russia.

"I encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and US persons involved in the Trump campaign that I was concerned about because of known Russian efforts to suborn such individuals", Brennan testified in front of the House Intelligence Committee, according to USA Today.

"The objective was to ensure that experts in key agencies had access to information and intelligence relevant to Russian actions so that we could have as full an appreciation as possible on the scope, nature, and intentions of this Russian activity", Brennan said. As noted by the television Agency, he "refused to name names, but just this statement was enough".

Such statements by Brannon only increased the need for a large-scale investigation of the ties team trump with Russian Federation.

Mr Bortnikov twice denied Russia had interfered with the election but said he would carry Mr Brennan's message to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Brennan's testimony made only more imperative a full investigation of Russia's election-year hacking, any sort of Trump campaign collusion and any after-the-fact attempt to foil this question-asking. "One subpoena has been served, one is in the process of being served", Warner said.

The conversations focused on Paul Manafort, the Trump campaign chairman at the time, and Michael T. Flynn, a retired general who was advising Mr. Trump, the officials said.

The Senate intelligence committee signaled in March that it was reviewing information about Kushner's Russian contacts and his role arranging meetings.

Kushner is the only current White House official believed to be under scrutiny.

In addition, the White House, FBI, and Central Intelligence Agency declined to comment.

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.

Burr said all options are on the table if Flynn does not respond to the subpoenas, including the possibility of a contempt charge.

He said they are also seeking any documents or memos related to a Washington Post report that Trump asked Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, to publicly push back against the FBI investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.

Robert Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation boss, last week was named special counsel to oversee the inquiry.

"We will vigorously pursue General Flynn's testimony and his production of any and all pertinent materials pursuant to the Committee's authorities". But he suggested that Trump broke protocol by giving the information to diplomats rather than intelligence operatives and not asking the intelligence provider for permission to share.

  • Leroy Wright