Schiff: Intelligence Committee Will Subpoena Flynn

Michele Moreno
June 5, 2017

"If there ever was any effort by Russians to influence me, I was unaware, and they would have failed", Mr Manafort said. In March, the committee rejected Flynn's request for immunity from prosecution.The White House said that the memo is not an accurate portrayal of the conversation between Mr Comey and the president.Hours earlier, Burr said Flynn's lawyer said he wouldn't comply, "and that is not a surprise to the committee". Both he and Mr Flynn have denied any collusion with Russian Federation or involvement in any plot to disrupt the election.

This marked the first time the Trump campaign organization has been drawn into the bipartisan committee's investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election, it said.

Brennan's confirmation of contacts between Russian officials and members of Trump's team, increased the pressure on investigators to determine whether the Trump camp colluded with the Russians.

Three current and former American officials tell the Times that American spies collected information that the Russians were targeting two of Trump's closest advisers, Michael Flynn and campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

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.

He says the committee will be "following up with subpoenas" to maximize the chances of getting information from Flynn.

The intelligence panels are among five congressional committees looking into the allegations involving links between Russian Federation and Mr Trump's November 8 victory. Others talked of using their ties to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, a pro-Russian politician who was living in exile in Russia for whom Manafort had worked as a top campaign adviser.

The US Senate Intelligence Committee has also said it will subpoena two of the former security advisor's businesses, but this is related to a separate Russian Federation investigation. The Senate panel has not yet asked Flynn to testify - its requests have so far been for documents.

Despite much of the discussion revolving around the investigation of Trump and his campaign associates, Schiff had some criticism for President Obama's handling of Russia's meddling in the election.

Page is one of several people associated with Trump's campaign who are under investigation over their ties to Russian Federation.

The attorneys said that Flynn had chose to avail himself of Fifth Amendment protection and refuse to provide documents requested by the Senate and considered to be relevant to its own investigation into the Russian matter. ABC News said Page himself told it about the scheduled testimony. The U.S. Justice Department announced last week that former FBI Director Robert Mueller had been appointed special counsel to lead an independent probe of the matter. Page has denied any involvement in Russian attempts to influence the election.

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