Top House Intel Dem: Flynn Not Cooperating With Russia Probe, Subpoenas Coming

Trump did so after top FBI officials, including now-fired Director James Comey, reportedly refused a White House request to knock down news stories on possible Trump campaign-Russia links, and after Comey reportedly declined Trump's entreaty to end the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

For nearly a year, Donald Trump has been complaining that FBI Director James Comey gave Hillary Clinton "a free pass for many bad deeds", as the president recently put it on Twitter.

Mr Flynn, a retired general, is a key witness in the Russian Federation investigations because of his ties to Moscow.

Mr Bortnikov twice denied Russia had interfered with the election but said he would carry Mr Brennan's message to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Flynn has since been implicated in offering misleading answers about his Russian Federation contacts to the Pentagon when he applied to renew his security clearance a year ago and could face charges for failing to file as a foreign agent after accepting more than $500,000 for representing Turkish interests.

Nevertheless, allegations continue to surface that President Trump sought to undermine investigations of his associates and his campaign.

One of the first casualties of this intrigue was Mike Flynn, the former national security adviser, who was dismissed.

Flynn resigned from the Trump White House in February after it was revealed he'd misled White House officials over his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, which included communication about sanctions.

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.

Perhaps that's obstruction of justice and perhaps it isn't; we already know that Trump's handling of the situation is clumsy in the extreme.

"If the Republicans in Congress or people at large in the country feel this is simply a way to nullify an election that others didn't agree with, then you're not going to meet the practical standards necessary", Schiff said.

In his testimony to a congressional committee this week, former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan said: "I was convinced in the summer [of 2016] that the Russians were trying to interfere in the election". The president also pointedly thanked Comey for having said "on three separate occasions" that he wasn't personally the subject of the FBI investigation into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election. This is a risky bit of bait-and-switch: Soon, it may not even matter whether or not Trump or his associates accepted help from President Vladimir Putin or those working for him.

The US department of justice has appointed former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate alleged links between Trump's campaign and Russian operatives.

President Donald Trump, after a nine-day trek overseas, will return home Saturday to not-so-welcoming Russia-related developments that political observers say distract from and imperil his legislative agenda.

The White House, FBI and Central Intelligence Agency declined to comment. Others discussed leveraging their ties to Mr Viktor Yanukovych, the deposed president of Ukraine living in exile in Russian Federation, who at one time had worked closely with Mr Manafort.

  • Leroy Wright