Russia-Trump campaign contacts a concern, ex-CIA chief says

The House committee's subpoenas "will be created to maximize our chance of getting the information that we need", Schiff told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

The intelligence was among the clues - which also included information about direct communications between Mr. Trump's advisers and Russian officials - that American officials received past year as they began investigating Russian attempts to disrupt the election and whether any of Mr. Trump's associates were assisting Moscow in the effort.

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.

The move suggests the committee is turning up the heat on Flynn, who was forced to resign from his post as President Donald Trump's national security adviser in February.

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The committee is also looking for ways to obtain documentation of Trump's conversations with top intelligence and law enforcement officials involved in a separate federal Russian Federation probe.

Flynn's attorneys did not respond to multiple requests for comment. To that end, Warner announced two new subpoenas to businesses associated with Flynn - Flynn Intel LLC and Flynn Intel Inc. - both of which are located in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Times said some of the Russian officials bragged about ties to Mr Flynn, and others thought they could use Mr Manafort's association with former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, who led a pro-Russian political party, to their advantage.

Brennan's testimony made only more imperative a full investigation of Russia's election-year hacking, any sort of Trump campaign collusion and any after-the-fact attempt to foil this question-asking. The Senate is investigating links between him and the Russian government.

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In his testimony to a congressional committee this week, former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan said: "I was convinced in the summer [of 2016] that the Russians were trying to interfere in the election". Moscow has repeatedly denied the allegations and Trump denies any collusion.

Brennan also said he believes that Russian intelligence officials "will try to exploit elections" and present a "serious" threat.

The House is also issuing documents to compel the former Trump aide to comply, Schiff said. He also referred to past reports that the White House asked allies on Capitol Hill to refute negative press stories about Trump associates' ties to Russian Federation.

The White House and allies on the Hill have also sought to fight back by focussing on the leaks that have continued to drive the Russian Federation controversy, and caused one dismissal - that of Flynn - and a plethora of unflattering headlines and commentary of a presidency in trouble, with talk, lately, tending towards impeachment.

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