No Proof of Trump Team's Contact With Russians, Says White House

28 May, 2017, 06:09 | Author: Essie Rivera
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Any immunity agreement, he said, would only take place after speaking with former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the executive branch's investigation into potential collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's associates.

On Monday, former national security adviser Michael Flynn refused to honor a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee for documents connected to the investigation into its Russian probe.

Despite concerns about Trump interfering with ongoing investigations into his campaign, Schiff warned that it is premature for Democrats on Capitol Hill to push for impeachment.

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 United States intelligence officials. Notably, Brennan described in depth the nature of Russian recruitment efforts, saying that Russian intelligence will often try to "suborn individuals" to act in the Kremlin's favor either wittingly or unwittingly.

"Frequently, individuals on a treasonous path do not even realize they're on that path until it gets to be too late", he added.

Russia "brazenly interfered" in the 2016 US election process despite the head of its FSB security service being warned it would hurt US-Russia ties, according to John Brennan, the former Central Intelligence Agency director. According to Brennan, this was the first instance in which a USA official discussed the matter of election interference with the Russian government.

"I warned him that if Russian Federation pursued this course, it would destroy any near-term prospect for improvement of relations and would undermine constructive engagement even on matters of mutual interest".

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Mr Trump has dismissed talk of Russian interference in the election as "fake news", insisting there was no contact between his campaign and Russian officials.

"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.

"We'd like to hear from Gen. Flynn", he said.

Brennan's interlocutor denied any Russian interference but said he would pass on the warning to President Vladimir Putin, the ex-CIA chief said. A number of former Trump aides have been summoned to testify by Congress and a grand jury.

Glassner did not immediately respond to a request for comment and a White House representative had no immediate comment, the Post said.

But Burr disagreed and said the committee has sent a letter to Flynn's lawyers questioning the legal basis for his refusal to cooperate with the request for documents.

The committee has not announced a date for that hearing. "He has a Fifth Amendment right not to provide testimony that would incriminate him, but we will pursue what we can get from Mr. Flynn or his businesses".

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