Brennan: Trump And Russia Raise 'Unresolved Questions'
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 5:41
"The experts provided regular updates and assessments through the summer and fall, which we used to inform senior United States of America officials, including President Obama", he said.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats - who was appointed by Trump - also admitted in his testimony that he never asked the president about the reports that he may have shared classified information with Russian diplomats.
Trump, now on a nine-day global trip, has had his own conversations with the Russians questioned in light of reports that he shared extremely classified intelligence with Russian diplomats in the Oval Office on May 10. Brennan believes Moscow wanted Trump to win the White House.
And former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page said he will testify next month before the House Intelligence Committee. Trump fired Comey on May 9.
Separately on Monday, the Washington Post reported that Trump asked two of the country's top intelligence officials, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Admiral Michael Rogers, to help him deny any collusion between his team and Russian Federation during his presidential campaign.
The Senate panel on Tuesday chose to issue two additional subpoenas to Flynn's businesses and sent the letter to his lawyer asking about the legal basis for his invoking his Fifth Amendment right over documents as opposed to testimony.
Sen. Richard M. Burr, R-N.C., the committee chairman, and Sen.
The Senate panel responded to that letter Tuesday by issuing two new subpoenas for information from Flynn's companies, arguing, as vice chairman Sen.
A federal grand jury in Virginia also has issued subpoenas regarding Flynn's business dealings with Turkey and Russian Federation, and the newly appointed special counsel investigating the Russian Federation matter, Robert Mueller III, is expected to focus on Flynn's role as well.
"I told Mr. Bortnikov that if Russian Federation had such a campaign underway, it would be certain to backfire", Brennan said. "That's not our preference today". We would like to hear from Gen. Flynn.
"We have to make sure we don't see it coming forward again in the future".
"We are going to be entertaining the same options in terms of our subpoenas, which I hope will go out shortly, to obtain these documents", Schiff said.
Brennan was so anxious about the Russian interference, through hackers and those involved in the distribution of the stolen data, that he called the head of Russia's Federal Security Service, or FSB, Alexander Bortnikov, to warn him that the meddling could harm ties.
WASHINGTON-Former CIA director John Brennan testified Tuesday that contacts between President Donald Trump's campaign associates and Russian officials raised concerns the Kremlin could try to cultivate people close to Mr. Trump, shedding light on why federal agents began a full investigation.
"It should be clear to everyone Russian Federation brazenly interfered in our 2016 presidential election process and that they undertook these activities despite our strong protests and explicit warning that they do not do so", Brennan said.
"If in fact there's not a response, we'll seek additional counsel advice on how to proceed forward", Burr said.
He said he also briefed senior members of Congress in August and September on the Russian meddling.