Hands off US election, ex-CIA director says he warned Russia

Former CIA Director John Brennan told Congress Tuesday he personally warned Russia last summer against interfering in the US presidential election and was so concerned about Russian contacts with people involved in the Trump campaign that he convened top counterintelligence officials to focus on it.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California told reporters at a breakfast Wednesday that Flynn has declined to provide materials to the committee.

Brennan is discussing the extent of Russia's meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and possible ties to the campaign of President Donald Trump.

Then on Monday, reports said Trump asked Coats and Rogers to publicly deny that there was any evidence his campaign associates colluded with the Russians.

Since his resignation, it has also been learned that the Trump administration had repeatedly dismissed warnings about Mr Flynn, and that Mr Trump had allegedly attempted to get former FBI Director James Comey to stop the investigation into Mr Flynn's role in Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign.

Trump fired Flynn on February 13, 18 days after the then-acting attorney general had warned the White House that Flynn had lied about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

His testimony before a Senate subcommittee touched on Russia's interference in the election, but he wasn't asked about Trump's alleged request in the first round of questioning.

The FBI and the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The CIA, NSA and Federal Bureau of Investigation also reached that consensus in an intelligence report released in January, saying Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a cyberassault on the election with a "clear preference" for Trump.

"I encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and United States persons involved in the Trump campaign that I was concerned about because of known Russian efforts to suborn such individuals", Brennan told the commitee.

The testimony came the day after Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination. 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.

After pointing out that the word "evidence" is one his fellow citizens understand, Gowdy pressed the former director again about proof of Trump's collusion with Russian Federation.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

"If all of this is part of a pattern by the White House of interference or worse, that's something we have to find out about and that's something we have to stop", Schiff said.

I found out about the survey, which found contacts and interaction between Russian officials and the Americans related to the campaign headquarters of trump, which was concerned, given previous Russian attempts to bribe people.

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