The former head of the Central Intelligence Agency said about trump's cooperation with Russian Federation

Violet Powell
June 5, 2017

There seems to be more trouble for controversial US President Donald Trump after the US Senate Intelligence Committee investigating Russian meddling in USA 2016 election, ordered Trump's political organisation to hand over all documents going back to the campaign's launch in June 2015.

USA intelligence officials obtained the data as they began to investigate Moscow's meddling in the presidential election, the sources told the Times.

Former CIA Director John Brennan said he was "aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions" between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation but said he did not know whether there was any collusion between the two.

"We will be following up with subpoenas and those subpoenas will be created to maximize our chance of getting the information that we need", said Schiff at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. The committee followed that Tuesday by issuing two new subpoenas to Flynn's business.

Last week Reuters reported that Flynn and other Trump advisers called and emailed Russian officials at least 18 times during the end-stage of the 2016 election, citing current and former United States officials.

Brennan spoke vaguely about contacts between Trump associates and Russian officials, without giving names, saying they "raised questions in my mind about whether Russia was able to gain the cooperation of those individuals".

"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", Mr Brennan said.

The Russians "appeared confident that each could be used to help shape Mr. Trump's opinions on Russia", the Times reported, citing "three current and former American officials familiar with the intelligence".

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Schiff said Wednesday the committee wants any memos or other materials Coats and Rogers might have detailing conversations with Trump on the issue.

Mr Manafort quit the Trump campaign in August a year ago after his close ties to contacts in Ukraine and Russian Federation were made public.

Russian intelligence agents and politicians discussed how to manipulate President Trump through connections with his top aides, it has been reported. A spokesman for the committee declined comment on whether Page would testify. There's also a Department of Justice probe, now being overseen by special counsel and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller.

At the far end that scale is holding Flynn in contempt of Congress - the first step in seeking Justice Department support to enforce the orders.

Sen. James Lankford, an Oklahoma Republican on the intelligence panel, said Flynn's decision would not stop the committee's investigation, tweeting: "It is Mike Flynn's right to plead the 5th".

The Washington Post reports that Trump's campaign committee received a letter from the committee last week and was asked to comply with it. ABC News said Page himself told it about the scheduled testimony.

The report said the request was made in December at Trump Tower in NY. Despite this new information, The Times said it still remains unclear whether the Russian officials had attempted to follow through on their implication and influenced Manafort and Flynn.

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