Senate panel: Michael Flynn risks contempt of Congress
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 0:28
Sessions is just the latest in a growing list of current and former Trump associates who have come under fire for being less than forthcoming about their past links to Russian Federation.
Trump fired FBI Director James Comey earlier this month, news that was followed by reports that the president tried to steer Comey away from investigating Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and possible connections between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation.
Before the April request, Flynn said through a statement from his lawyer that he wouldn't submit to questioning from the committee "without assurances against unfair prosecution".
The CIA alerted the Federal Bureau of Investigation to a troubling pattern of contacts between Russian officials and associates of the Trump campaign past year, former agency director John Brennan has testified, shedding new light on the origin of a criminal probe that now reaches into the White House.
On May 18, Reuters reported that Flynn and other advisers to Trump's campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race, citing current and former USA officials.
That's according to The New York Times, which cites three current and former American officials.
Others discussed leveraging their ties to Viktor Yanukovych, the deposed president of Ukraine living in exile in Russian Federation, who at one time had worked closely with Manafort, who was dismissed from Trump's campaign, the newspaper reported. The Times says some of the officials bragged about ties to Flynn. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters Tuesday. A spokesman for the committee declined to confirm or deny whether Page would testify before the committee or, if he did so, whether he would appear in public.
The two men testified at separate congressional hearings amid a political storm in Washington over the fallout from Trump's firing on May 9 of FBI Director James Comey.
Brennan said he told FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov that "American voters would be outraged by any Russian attempt to interfere in the election" and that such activity "would destroy any near-term prospect of improvement" in relations with the United States.
Brennan also repeated that he had no evidence of such a collusion as being alleged. Both of the firms are in Alexandria, Virginia, outside Washington.
"I don't feel that it's appropriate to characterize my discussions with the president", he said after being asked about it by Sen.
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn could face a criminal charge of contempt of Congress if the Senate Intelligence Committee isn't pleased with his response to its latest round of subpoenas, the committee leadership announced Tuesday afternoon.
The White House statement came after the former CIA Director John Brennan told lawmakers that he is aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and USA persons involved in the Trump campaign.
Previously, lawmakers have said the panel was reviewing a range of options to compel Flynn hand over the documents, including holding him in contempt. Committee chairman Sen.
At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Coats sidestepped questions about a Washington Post report that Trump had asked Coats and Admiral Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, to help him knock down the notion that there was evidence of such collusion.