Russian Federation interfered in 2016 United States elections: Former CIA director

Elias Hubbard
May 26, 2017

As the Two-Way reported, Flynn has invoked the 5 Amendment and has refused to turn over any documents subpoenaed by the committee related to his interactions with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign.

In response, the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday sent a letter narrowing its request for documents.

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.

But, "I know what the Russians try to do", Brennan said.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said in an interview on CNN that the Federal Bureau of Investigation sent his committee a two-sentence email saying that it would not be turning over the materials now that the Justice Department has appointed a special counsel.

Mr. Trump has said continuing questions about his campaign's Russian Federation contacts amount to a "witch hunt".

Since December, U.S. Intelligence officials said Moscow was behind hacking efforts to help Donald Trump win the presidential election.

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

The White House said the hearings support the administration's version of events.

Lawmakers conducting their own probe continued to pressure Flynn to cooperate by raising the prospect of additional subpoenas, while Carter Page, a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, told The Associated Press he would testify next month before the House intelligence committee.

KELLY: Gowdy didn't name him, but that would include people like Carter Page, a campaign adviser who's been caught up in the Russian Federation probes. Brennan says Bortnikov told him Russian Federation wasn't meddling in USA politics.

And asked whether the committee is considering granting Flynn immunity, Burr ruled out the idea.

The heads of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday they plan to subpoena two of former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn's companies to get documents he has declined to provide for their Russian Federation probe since the businesses can't invoke a Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination.

If there is no response from Flynn, the Senate Intelligence Committee may consider a contempt-of-Congress charge, said Chairman Richard Burr of North Carolina. "As valuable as Gen. Flynn might be to our counterintelligence investigation, we don't believe that it's our place today to offer him immunity from this committee", he added. The panel had sought a wide range of information and documents about his and the Trump campaign's contacts with Russians dating back to June 2015.

Testifying before a House panel, former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan said he was aware of contacts between Russian officials and people involved in the Trump campaign and grew concerned that Moscow had sought to lure Americans down "a treasonous path". Brennan says the contacts raised questions about whether Russian Federation was trying to gain the cooperation of those individuals.

In late July of a year ago there was so much concern that he convened a group of officials from the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency to focus on it exclusively.

"But I know that there was a sufficient basis of information and intelligence that required further investigation by the bureau to determine whether or not U.S. persons were actively conspiring and colluding with Russian officials", the former CIA chief said.

"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", Brennan said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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