Ex-CIA chief warned Russian Federation against election interference

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26 May, 2017

Schiff, the ranking member on the House intelligence committee, said that Flynn had declined to come before the House panel or provide documents, citing his Fifth Amendment rights, as he had to subpoenas from the Senate intelligence committee.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the top Democrat on the committee, identified the businesses as Flynn Intel Group LLC and Flynn Intel Group Inc., both based in Alexandria, Va.

A day earlier, Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, invoked his constitutional right not to incriminate himself in response to the Senate committee's request for details about interactions between him and the Russians.

"We've been very specific in the documents now that we've requested from Gen. Flynn", Burr said.

Warner added that the panel keeps "all options on the table" with respect to Flynn's investigation. Instead, Comey subsequently confirmed in public testimony to Congress that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was, indeed, examining any connections between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

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

He said he raised published media reports of Russian attempts to meddle in the election with the Russian official, who denied any involvement by Moscow.

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The intelligence panels want Flynn to provide information on whether there was Russian interference in the 2016 US election and whether there was collusion between Donald Trump's campaign and Russia. Others discussed leveraging their ties to Viktor F. Yanukovych, the deposed president of Ukraine living in exile in Russian Federation, who at one time had worked closely with Mr. Manafort.

When asked why he had turned down Flynn's offer to testify in exchange for immunity from prosecution, Burr said the committee had discussed that and decided against it.

Schiff 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.

Flynn was forced to resign after it became public knowledge that he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak during the transition period.

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. "We would like him to tell his story because he publicly said: 'I've got a story to tell.' We're allowing him that opportunity to tell it".

Moreover, he stated that the committee has moved forward with the probe.

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