Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Senate Intelligence Committee Issues Two New Subpoenas For Michael Flynn

The two senators also addressed Flynn's argument that the committee's document request lacked specificity. In fact, the oversight committee released detailed email and payment records months ago showing that the source of Flynn's payment of more than $33,000 was RT, the Russian state-sponsored television network that has been labeled a propaganda network by USA intelligence. Richard Burr of North Carolina. If Flynn does not comply, Burr threatened him with a contempt of Congress charge.

The oversight committee had previously sent a bipartisan request to the White House that it wanted any information into how the Trump transition team vetted Flynn as well as any communication White House officials may have had about Flynn's alleged connects to foreign nationals. If the intelligence committee wants to give Flynn immunity, it will likely have to enter into discussions with Mueller to determine whether the move could impede the FBI's case.

Brennan was President Barack Obama's Central Intelligence Agency director.

Former CIA Director John Brennan says he thinks Russian Federation cooperates with WikiLeaks through middlemen.

But Brennan's isn't the only high-profile hearing Tuesday. That law doesn't apply to Congress. Cummings said he is only releasing selected portions of the report but reserves the right to release more in the future. This type of information is typically shared in intelligence channels and not between the USA president and foreign diplomats, Brennan said.

"I don't care where you stand on the political spectrum", Warner said.

He also said that before such sharing, the US would go back to the intelligence partner that provided the information to make sure it would not compromise operatives. And that would probably require votes first by the committee, and then by the full Senate, according to Sarah Binder, a congressional expert at George Washington University.

The Virginia senator explained that "This is an administration who says there is no there there". But Burr and Warner questioned "whether you can take the Fifth, as it relates to document production". "And what we're looking at now is to look at those contacts that Mr. Brennan spoke about and see what they were, how extensive they were and what they led to if anything", he said. Brennan told senior lawmakers as early as last summer that the Russian operation was squarely created to support Trump. Brennan says the contacts raised questions about whether Russian Federation was trying to gain the cooperation of those individuals.

Unlike in the court of public opinion, where Trump was making his heated campaign appeal, lawmakers, lawyers and judges recognize that the Fifth Amendment is not supposed to carry with it a hint of having something suspicious to hide.

Those inquiries are looking into whether anyone close to Mr Trump helped Russian Federation interfere in the United States election to hurt Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and ultimately help Mr Trump, and whether any crimes were committed.

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Brennan testified that he spoke with the head of the Russian intelligence service on August 4 and was the first USA official to call out the Russians for their activities.

"I don't have sufficient information to make a determination about whether or not such cooperation or complicity or collusion was taking place", Brennan said. Cummings wrote, "It is hard to understand how General Flynn could have believed that his dinner with Russian President Vladimir Putin was an 'insubstantial contact'". The thing is, the FBI and Justice Department investigation could put him in jail.

But increasingly Flynn is being probed for his own allegedly deceptive behavior about contacts he had with Russians before and after the election. Trump asked in a campaign rally in Iowa in September.

According to the investigators' report, Flynn also claimed he had "insubstantial contact" with foreign nationals, though he sat at the same table as Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Flynn's refusal to cooperate comes as he faces scrutiny in several inquiries, including by Capitol Hill and a federal grand jury that has issued subpoenas to associates of the ex-national security adviser.

Coats declined Tuesday to confirm or deny the Washington Post report.

Former CIA chief Brennan's testimony to the House intelligence committee was the clearest public indication yet of the significance the Russian Federation contacts play in counterintelligence investigations that continue to hang over the White House.

Michael Flynn appears destined to spend much more time in the spotlight than he spent working at the White House, where he served as President Trump's National Security Adviser for three and a half weeks. The president's comments are in stark contrast to his harsh words during the 2016 campaign for people who received immunity or invoked the Fifth Amendment in the probe of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

House investigators are particularly interested in finding out more about how Russia conducted its election attacks inside the US and who Russian spies attempted to recruit to their side, said a House intelligence committee source.

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