It's clear Russian Federation interfered with USA election — Ex-CIA chief

A new report says US intelligence services obtained information during the 2016 presidential election that showed senior Russian officials discussing how to influence Donald Trump through his campaign advisers.

The report Wednesday says the Russians zeroed in on Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, a former head of USA military intelligence who was a key Trump campaign adviser.

One memo reportedly shows Mr Trump pressuring Mr Comey to shut down the bureau's investigation into Mr Flynn's Russian Federation ties.

Separately, ABC News reported that Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to Trump's presidential campaign, would testify on June 6 before the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.

The special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, is overseeing an investigation into Russia's meddling in the election and whether there was any collusion with Trump associates.

Dozens of former campaign staffers are expected to be contacted soon to ensure they are aware of the request, the Post said, citing the two people.

The House Intelligence Committee is preparing to issue subpoenas to President Trump's former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, according to the committee's ranking Democrat, following the lead of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The conversations between the Russian officials centered around former campaign chair Paul Manafort and then-adviser Mike Flynn.

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffHouse Intel panel likely to also subpoena Flynn businesses, Dem says Ex-CIA head: Intel showed contacts between Russians and Trump team Trump asked intel chiefs to speak out against FBI's Russia probe: report MORE (D-Calif.) said the House panel is considering similar measures.

"We will be following up with subpoenas, and those subpoenas will be created to maximize our chance of getting the information that we need", said Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the panel, Reuters and CNN reported.

"I said we would use whatever compulsory process we need. if the subpoenas are not adhered to in a way that is supported by their legal right then I think we need to explore whatever compulsion Congress for obtaining" those documents, Schiff said.

Manafort briefly served as Trump's campaign manager, while Flynn had a short stint as national security adviser before being fired for misleading the vice president about conversations he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. ABC News said Page himself told it about the scheduled testimony.

The intelligence panels are among several congressional committees looking into the allegations involving links between Russian Federation and Trump's November 8 victory.

A group of Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee, said on Wednesday it had asked Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) to provide information on whether any accounts connected to Trump had ties to Russian Federation.

  • Leroy Wright