Russians Discussed Ways to Use Advisers to Influence Trump

There is little doubt that the president tried - multiple times - to discredit or outright stop the investigation into possible election interference, his former advisor Michael Flynn and potential ties between Russian Federation and his campaign staff and current advisors.

While the group says it is pleased with the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate the allegations against Trump, it said it would also like to see a select congressional committee involved in the investigation.

The former head of the CIA, John Brennan, during his presentation before the select Committee on intelligence of the house of representatives, said that Russian Federation blatantly intervened in the U.S. elections.

Schiff also said his committee is taking steps to try to obtain any recordings of conversations between President Trump and former FBI Director James Comey. Coats was asked about reports that President Trump had asked him and former NSA Director Mike Rogers to deny publicly there's any evidence showing his campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

This type of information is typically shared in intelligence channels and not between the US president and foreign diplomats, Brennan said.

At the same time Coats was testifying, former CIA Director John Brennan appeared before the House Intelligence Committee and said he believes Russia "brazenly" interfered in last year's presidential election and that he knew of contacts between Trump associates and Russian officials.

A day earlier, Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, invoked his constitutional right not to incriminate himself in response to the Senate committee's request for details about interactions between him and the Russians.

VATICAN CITY - President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis, the famously humble pontiff with whom he has publicly clashed, concluding his tour of the ancestral homes of the world's three largest monotheistic religions.

Top Russian officials last summer discussed how to gain influence over Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump through his advisers, according to intelligence data reported Wednesday by The New York Times.

Page was not immediately available to comment. He said he told the committee he remains ready to testify without immunity and in public.

Schumer said he did not want to get ahead of the committees and prejudge what might happen if Flynn continues to not comply.

"I think we need to use whatever compulsory [processes] necessary to get the information that he possesses", Schiff said.

Former CIA chief Brennan's testimony to the House intelligence committee was the clearest public indication yet of the significance the Russian Federation contacts play in counterintelligence investigations that continue to hang over the White House. He was forced to resign from his position at the White House in February, after less than a month on the job, for failing to disclose the content of his talks with Sergei Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the United States, and misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations.

USA intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russian Federation tried to tilt the November presidential election campaign in Republican Donald Trump's favour, including hacking into and leaking emails of senior Democrats.

Brennan also meanwhile addressed news reports that Trump, in an Oval Office meeting this month with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador, shared highly classified information provided by a USA ally about the Islamic State group.

But Burr disagreed and said the committee has sent a letter to Flynn's lawyers questioning the legal basis for his refusal to cooperate with the request for documents.

  • Leroy Wright