Former CIA-head to answer questions about the Russian involvement

WASHINGTON – the Former Director of the CIA, John Brennan is set to testify in public about the intelligence that the Obama administration concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election and may shed light on the concerns about the safety risks of the President Donald Trump’s first national security advisor, Michael Flynn.

Brennan’s testimony before the House intelligence committee on Tuesday comes a day after Flynn invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination in response to a subpoena of the Senate intelligence committee. The panel had sought a wide range of information and documents about its the Trump campaign contacts with Russians dating back to June 2015.

Both the Senate and House intelligence committees to investigate Flynn and other Asset campaign associates as part of probes into Russia’s election interference. The FBI is also conducting a counter-investigation in Russia and the Trump campaign.

As Brennan answers House lawmakers ‘ questions in open and closed sessions, the Senate Armed Services Committee will hear from Trump’s top intelligence official, Layers, and the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency with respect to national security threats. Trump’s national security leadership has repeatedly said that Russia is among the top threats as a result of the cyber-capabilities.

The Washington Post reported Monday that Trump asked Jackets and head of the National Security Agency publicly deny that there was collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign.

The dual testimonies, and new allegations that Flynn was found to lie to the federal security clearance investigators hold in Russia in the news, even as Trump tried to distance itself from the research of Russia in his first foreign trip as president.

The Post, quoting current and former officials, said Jackets and NSA Director Mike Rogers denied Trump’s request. Trump fired FBI Director James Comey earlier this month, which reports that the president tried to steer Comey away from Flynn and the Russia-research.

The former deputy attorney general Sally Yates, previously told Congress that the Department of Justice was afraid that Flynn was affected by the Russians, and could be vulnerable to blackmail as a Trump card, the national security adviser because of misleading statements he made to the vice-president on communications with the Russian ambassador to the US Trump in February dismissed Flynn about the misleading statements, but has since defended Flynn and his integrity.

On Monday, Rep. Elijah Cummings, the senior Democrat on the House oversight committee, cited inconsistencies in Flynn’s disclosures of AMERICAN researchers during his security clearance review in the beginning of 2016.

Cummings said in a new letter that Flynn was found to lie about the source of a $33,000 payment from Russia through the state-sponsored television network not to identify the foreign officials with whom he met, including President of Russia Vladimir Putin and glossed over his firing as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency during the Obama administration. Cummings asked the committee chairman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, to subpoena the White House for documents related to Flynn.

Flynn’s lawyer, Robert Waiter, declined to comment on the new allegations by Cummings.


Associated Press writers Chad Day and Stephen Braun contributed to this report.

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