White House Says No Evidence Of Trump Team Collusion With Russians
- Author: Joey Payne May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 12:54
He was one of the two intelligence directors who Trump reportedly asked to publicly deny collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation, according to The Washington Post.
Pressed on whether he saw evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, Brennan said it was the job of intelligence services to turn information over to the investigators at the Federal Bureau of Investigation who are tasked with making that determination.
The White House statement came after the former CIA Director John Brennan told lawmakers that he is aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign.
Despite those warnings and efforts at retaliation, Brennan said that Russian Federation was likely not dissuaded from attempting similar interference operations in the future.
Discussing last year's US election, ex-CIA Chief Brennan said he had anxious about the contacts that USA intelligence detected Russian officials were having with Trump associates. The website released material hacked from email accounts of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign officials during last year's presidential campaign.
Campaign Trump is, as usual, wrong.
MARGARET WARNER: On the broader issue of Russia's foreign election activity, DNI Coats said he's seen evidence of Moscow meddling in campaigns this year in France, Germany and the United Kingdom. A retired Army lieutenant general, Flynn became one of Trump's closest campaign advisers two months after he was paid in 2015 to speak at a Moscow gala, where he was seated next to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"It should be clear to everyone that Russian Federation brazenly interfered in our 2016 presidential election process", Brennan said at one point, one of several moments in which his words seemed aimed squarely at the president. Brennan believes Moscow wanted Trump to win the White House.
Brennan says that Russian protests that they are not working with WikiLeaks and WikiLeaks protests that they are not working with the Russians are both "disingenuous".
With regard to former CIA Director John Brennan's shocking testimony Tuesday morning that he confronted a Russian counterpart about election meddling last summer, Warner said the committee is now looking into it.
"I don't have sufficient information to make a determination whether or not such cooperation or complicity or collusion was taking place". One memo reportedly shows Trump pressuring Comey to shut down the bureau's investigation into Flynn's Russian Federation ties.
Trump fired Flynn in February because he misled Vice President Mike Pence about conversations he had with Russia's ambassador about potentially easing economic sanctions. "Finally, I warned Mr. Bortnikov that if Russian Federation pursued this course, it would destroy any near-term prospect for improvement in relations between Washington and Moscow and would undermine constructive engagement even on matters of mutual interest".
On another question, Brennan criticized President Trump's reported sharing of classified intelligence with Russian Federation officials. Support for Trump appears to have dropped among Americans of all political stripes.
Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, was questioned in separate testimony before a Senate panel over a report in the Washington Post that Trump asked Coats to help him knock down the notion there was evidence of collusion.
The Post reported Coats and Rogers declined the request.
"Everything is on the table", he told reporters at the Capitol.
Meanwhile, a Senate committee issued two additional subpoenas to businesses of ousted Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, one of several key figures in the Russia-Trump campaign probe, and sent a letter to his lawyer questioning his basis for claiming a Fifth Amendment right not to provide documents.