Russian officials bragged about how well they knew Trump's advisers

Former CIA Director John Brennan told Congress Tuesday he personally warned Russia last summer against interfering in the US presidential election and was so concerned about Russian contacts with people involved in Donald Trump's campaign that he convened top counterintelligence officials to focus on them.

Former CIA director John Brennan said Tuesday that he warned Russia last summer against meddling in the U.S. presidential election but the Russians went ahead and did it, anyway.

The House committee's subpoenas "will be created to maximize our chance of getting the information that we need", Schiff told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

General Michael Flynn has another chance to release subpoenaed documents before possibly being held in contempt of Congress, the Senate Intelligence Committee's leadership said as two new subpoenas were announced.

The committee issued a subpoena on May 10, requesting Flynn produce detailed information about any meetings he may have had with Russian officials as well as any communications the Trump campaign may have had "in any way related to Russia" during the election.

Mr Flynn was appointed United States national security adviser in January but resigned after misleading vice-president Mike Pence over his communications with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Flynn is considered a key witness in the investigation, because of his ties to Russian Federation.

Trump's young administration has been dogged by concerns about its ties to Russia and questions over whether Trump associates may have cooperated with Russians as they sought to meddle in last year's election on Trump's behalf.

Burr left open the possibility that they could hold Flynn in contempt if he would not comply with their demands.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters Wednesday that he expects to issue subpoenas as soon as this week.

Former CIA Director John Brennan testifies on CapitolHill in Washington, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, before the House Intelligence Committee Russia Investigation Task Force.

The Post, citing current and former officials, said Coats and NSA Director Mike Rogers refused Trump's request.

Warner, a Virginia Democrat, also told Bash that if reports that Trump asked top intelligence officials to publicly deny evidence of cooperation between his campaign and Russian Federation are true, Trump's requests would be "outrageous".

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.

In addition to the congressional scrutiny, Flynn is now a target of an FBI counterintelligence investigation, a federal probe in Virginia and a Defense Department inspector general's inquiry into the propriety of foreign payments he accepted. By the time Trump turned to Coats and Rogers, reports suggest Comey had already impressed upon him the importance of maintaining FBI independence, a sentiment Comey put into action by keeping the Russian Federation investigation going and refusing to bow to Trump in other ways.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, says in an interview on CNN that the Federal Bureau of Investigation sent his committee's staff a two-sentence email saying it would not be turning over the materials now that the Justice Department has appointed a special counsel.

On Monday, Rep. Elijah Cummings, the senior Democrat on the House oversight committee, cited inconsistencies in Flynn's disclosures to US investigators during his security clearance review in early 2016.

"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", Brennan told lawmakers. "I think for the evidence to get to the point where you even talk about impeachment, the Republican members would have to believe that the president's conduct is so serious as to disqualify him from further service in office, and the country would have to believe that as well".

  • Larry Hoffman