Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Subpoenas pile up for Michael Flynn's documents in Russian Federation probe

Subpoenas pile up for Michael Flynn's documents in Russian Federation probe Subpoenas pile up for Michael Flynn's documents in Russian Federation probe
Alfredo Watts | 04 June, 2017, 04:38

The Senate Intelligence Committee has requested all Russia-related documents, emails and phone records from President Donald Trump's campaign committee, the Washington Post reported Friday night.

He also confirmed the CIA set up a special group with the NSA and Federal Bureau of Investigation in late summer to investigate the extent of Russian intervention in the presidential election and warned Alexander Bortnikov, head of Russian intelligence agency, in a call to stop interfering.

Russian spies and politicians believed they could influence Donald Trump through his advisers at the height of last year's presidential campaign, according to evidence uncovered by U.S. intelligence officials.

Brennan did not cite the names of the Trump aides that United States intelligence agencies had eyed for their Russian Federation contacts.

Investigators also have questions about contacts between the Russians and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Since then, the committee's chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation after the House Committee on Ethics said it was investigating whether he disclosed sensitive information about the investigation to the White House.

Trump implied earlier this month that he had "tapes" of discussions with recently fired FBI Director James Comey that would be damaging to Comey.

Burr said Tuesday that "all options are on the table" if Flynn doesn't comply - including possibly holding him in contempt of Congress - but he added that was a long way off from where they are now.

The New York Times report was the latest indication of the depth of concerns within the us intelligence community about Russian efforts to tip November's election toward Trump as he battled Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Russian Federation has always denied the allegation.

"There may a series of cases where we have facts about people having contacts with Russians prior to the campaign and sharing of information that may fall short of legal collusion, but still be factual that we need to report to the American people in terms of our counterintelligence investigation".

The subpoena delivery follows recent activity concerning the investigation into Russian Federation.

Bortnikov told Brennan he would pass on the message to russian president, Vladmir Putin. "I am not aware of that", Mr. Coats said.

He declined to comment specifically on what financial information the committee was obtaining, but speaking in general terms, he noted that one tactic Russians use to influence foreign nationals is financial entanglement.

Trump later fired Flynn for reportedly lying about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. "Consistent with the Committee's position since the beginning of or investigation, I welcome their willingness to cooperate".

The committee is investigating Russia's campaign meddling and possible ties to President Donald Trump's associates.

Both of the committees want Flynn to give information about Trump's links with Russian Federation and any knowledge about any interference by Russian Federation in the U.S. election.

Coats said several investigations of Trump campaign links with Russian Federation "are in place to get us to the right conclusion with a known result", so the country can move on to deal with other issues.

Trump's public approval ratings dropped to a new low in Reuters/Ipsos poll data released on Tuesday, with 37 percent of USA adults surveyed approving of the president while 57 percent disapproving.

Michael Flynn, former national security adviser, won't honor a Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena. But Coats did not deny Trump had made such a request.

Coats told senators at a separate hearing that it would be inappropriate to discuss private conversations with the president.