WaPo: Senate Intel Committee Asks For Trump Campaign Documents
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 8:26
The House Intelligence Committee will subpoena former national security adviser to US President Donald Trump Michael Flynn, in its investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the committee, said the panel "would explore whatever compulsory process that we would need to use" to compel information from Flynn, including subpoenas and, if those are rejected, the option of citing Flynn for contempt.
On CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer", Schiff said the House committee would mirror its Senate counterpart by issuing more specific subpoenas that Flynn would have a harder time avoiding with the protection of the Fifth Amendment.
And the Washington Post reported earlier this week that Trump asked Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers to push back on the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.
"It should be clear to everyone that Russian Federation brazenly interfered in our 2016 presidential election process", Brennan said on Tuesday, "and that they undertook these activities despite our strong protests and explicit warning that they do not do so". Russian Federation has denied involvement, and Trump has denied any collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation. It wasn't clear if Mr Manafort or Mr Flynn were directly influenced by Russians, or if Russians attempted to do so. "As valuable as Gen. Flynn might be to our counterintelligence investigation, we don't believe that it's our place today to offer him immunity from this committee", he added.
"If there in fact is not a response, we will seek advice on how to proceed forward", Burr said.
Flynn, who served as Trump's national security adviser before being forced out after it was publicized he lied to others in the administration about conversations he had with Russia's ambassador to the USA, has claimed his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination to refuse to hand over any paperwork outlining his ties to Russian Federation to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The FBI is also conducting a counterintelligence investigation into Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.
Trump fired FBI Director James Comey earlier this month, prompting reports that Trump tried to get Comey to back away from investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Both the House and Senate intel panels are investigating Russian interference in the US election. The senators did not say what to what those documents relate.
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 U.S. ally about the Islamic State group. The information collected last summer was considered credible enough for intelligence agencies to pass to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which then opened a counter-intelligence investigation that is continuing.
Flynn resigned as national security adviser in February after admitting that he failed to disclose the extent of his discussions with Russia's ambassador to the USA and misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations.