Russian Federation probe: Subpoenas to get Flynn to talk

Brennan's interlocutor denied any Russian interference but said he would pass on the warning to President Vladimir Putin, the ex-CIA chief said.

At a separate Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats refused to confirm or deny a Washington Post report that the president asked him in March to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

While the group says it is pleased with the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate the allegations against Trump, it said it would also like to see a select congressional committee involved in the investigation.

Manafort headed the Trump campaign last May, but he had worked for political organizations and people who supported Moscow in Ukraine, the Times reported.

Republicans on the committee pushed Brennan about whether there was evidence of collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, a point President Donald Trump has tried to enlist allies to quash. 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.

Yesterday Flynn's lawyers said that the committee's subpoena was overly broad and that complying with them would "feed the escalating public frenzy against him".

Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in a race that was marked by leaks of emails and other communications from the former First Lady's campaign.

Brennan noted anew that US intelligence agencies had concluded "Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the USA democratic process, denigrate Secretary (Hillary) Clinton and harm her electability and potential presidency, and to help President Trump's election chances". Trump has denied any collusion.

After Comey's abrupt removal and the disclosure of the former director's memos sparked questions about possible obstruction of justice, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed a special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, to oversee the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.

"I said American voters would be outraged by any attempt to interfere in the election", Brennan said of the August 4 call. Brennan said it was possible for someone to be helpful to the Russian cause without realizing it. "They try to suborn individuals and they try to get individuals, including USA persons, to act on their behalf either wittingly or unwittingly".

Well, we're at it again with the Russian collusion narrative.

However, earlier this week, fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn said he would not and would instead plead the fifth to avoid incriminating himself. The poll surveyed 1,404 voters and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

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.

"That's not something I think we would entertain until far later, if at all", Schiff said.

Coats and Rogers declined the request, the Post reported.

Now that Trump has been widely rebuked for firing Comey and for other actions relating to the Russian Federation investigation, if the president crosses a line, he knows what he's doing.

"This evidence, if true, goes to criminal intent and constitutes mounting evidence of obstruction of justice", Blumenthal added.

Meanwhile, leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee said they will issue two new subpoenas to business entities controlled by former national security adviser Mike Flynn, in an escalation of the legal showdown over his cooperation with the panel's investigation in alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.