26 May, 2017
President Donald Trump fired Flynn for making misleading statements to Vice President Michael Pence about his contacts with Russian officials.
In a statement, he said that Mr. Comey had put unnecessary pressure on the president's ability to conduct diplomacy with Russian Federation on matters such as Syria, Ukraine and the Islamic State.
Brennan also described contact between Russian officials and the Trump campaign.
Trump fired FBI Director James Comey earlier this month, prompting reports that the president tried to steer Comey away from Flynn and the Russian Federation investigation. Trump associates Paul Manafort and Roger Stone have provided the committee with information, while former campaign adviser Carter Page has not.
JOHN BRENNAN, Former CIA Director: It should be clear to everyone that 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 not do so. Brennan believes Moscow wanted Trump to win the White House.
He added that Russian agencies routinely seek to gather compromising information, or "kompromat", to coerce treason from US officials who "do not even realize they are on that path until it gets too late".
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The former Central Intelligence Agency director told lawmakers that while there were contacts, he had not obtained evidence of "collusion" between Trump's team and Moscow.
"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.
The retired lieutenant general is a key witness in the Russian Federation probe, which has roiled the first months of President Donald Trump's presidency with a spate of negative news reports.
Brennan has feuded publicly with Trump over the president's treatment of intelligence agencies. Support for Trump appears to have dropped among Americans of all political stripes.
Dan Coats, the current USA director of national intelligence, declined to comment Tuesday on a Washington Post report that said the president had asked him to publicly deny any collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign. He would not say if anyone else has denied the committee's request.
Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the requests, which they both deemed to be inappropriate, according to two current and two former officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private communications with the president. When Sen. John McCain asked about the report, Coats declined to answer.
Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal told Coats that the fact he had not denied the Post report should lead to "even more intensive investigation of the alleged effort by the president to enlist you in shutting down, or stifling that investigation".
If true, and Trump was attempting directly and indirectly to discredit the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an obstruction-of-justice charge would not seem like much of a stretch.