WashPost: Senate Intel Committee Requests All Trump Campaign Communications
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 6:29
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.
Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, also said investigators are seeking any audio recordings maintained by President Donald Trump of his private meetings in the White House and any memos maintained by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers about Trump's reported request that they deny evidence of Russian interference in the US election.
The intelligence panels are among several congressional committees looking into the allegations involving links between Russian Federation and Trump's November 8 victory.
Flynn invoked the Fifth Amendment and rejected the committee's subpoena request for documents relating to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election earlier this week.
The Russian intelligence officer denied any involvement, Brennan said. Trump urged them to rebut claims that Russian Federation coordinated its effort with Trump campaign aides to help the real-estate-magnate-turned-Republican-politician win the White House. "I encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and USA persons involved in the Trump campaign", he added.
Mr. Brennan declined to discuss the specific information that his assessments were based on in the open hearing, saying that much of the information was classified.
Former CIA chief John Brennan testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on May 23. The public has to know what happened, he said, because election-related hacking will continue and the best defense is for voters to understand what took place during last year's campaign.
"If there ever was any effort by Russians to influence me, I was unaware, and they would have failed", Mr Manafort said.
The early months of Trump's presidency have been clouded by Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional probes into Russian meddling and possible collusion by Trump's campaign.
Trump associates Paul Manafort and Roger Stone have provided the committee with information, while former campaign adviser Carter Page has not. But if reports about what Trump shared with the Russians are true, he said, it would be a violation of protocol.
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.
"We discuss a number of topics on a very regular basis", Mr. Coats said.
Coats did not deny the report but said he didn't want to characterize or comment any private conversations with the president. Still, he stopped short of accusing the Trump campaign of collusion.
Schiff said that the House committee has asked Flynn to come forward.
The letter was signed by Republican Senator Richard Burr, the committee's chairman, and Senator Mark Warner, its top Democrat, according to the Post, which said representatives for Burr and Warner declined to comment. He added that the committee could issue additional subpoenas if other witnesses fail to cooperate, but did not name additional individuals.