NYT says Russia hoped to sway Trump via advisers

The Post has not been told that Kushner is a target — or the central focus — of the investigation and he has not been

The Post has not been told that Kushner is a target — or the central focus — of the investigation and he has not been accused of any wrongdoing. AP

"In filling out the SF-86 form, the Attorney General's staff consulted with those familiar with the process, as well as the FBI investigator handling the background check, and was instructed not to list meetings with foreign dignitaries and their staff connected with his Senate activities", the Department added.

The former Central Intelligence Agency chief is the latest senior Obama administration official to appear publicly before Congress in hearings that have often produced damaging headlines for Trump.

CNN first reported the omission.

The statement from attorney Jamie Gorelick was issued amid reports that the FBI was investigating meetings Kushner had in December with Russian officials.

Meanwhile, The New York Times reported that USA intelligence services obtained information during the 2016 presidential election that showed senior Russian officials discussing how to influence Trump through his campaign advisers.

Both intelligence chiefs refused to comply with the request, deeming it inappropriate, according to two current and two former officials.

Brennan testified before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill on May 23, and gave account to date of the scale of effort to combat Russian operations trying to affect the outcome of 2016 elections. Both men had indirect ties to Russian officials, who appeared confident that each could be used to help shape Mr. Trump's opinions on Russia.

The Times said some of the officials bragged about ties to Flynn.

Others discussed leveraging their ties to Viktor Yanukovych, the deposed president of Ukraine living in exile in Russian Federation, who at one time had worked closely with Manafort, who was dismissed from Trump's campaign, the newspaper reported.

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President Donald Trump's former national security adviser has invoked his Fifth Amendment rights in response to the committee's previous subpoena attempt.

The FBI is also investigating Carter Page, who was picked up by the Trump campaign in early 2016, according to a report by The Washington Post. He says he wants at least part of his testimony to be public.

Trump rejects the suggestion his team colluded with Moscow as a "witch hunt", and so far there is little more than circumstantial evidence of any personal links between the president and Russian Federation, most of which involves his family's real estate businesses.

Nevertheless, Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said Coats and NSA director Mike Rogers should provide explanations. Trump's decision sent shockwaves across Washington, a virtually unprecedented move that came as Comey was heading an investigation into Team Trump's links to Russian Federation.

WASHINGTON ― The House intelligence committee is preparing to issue subpoenas against Michael Flynn after the former national security adviser denied a request to voluntarily turn over documents related to the committee's Russian Federation probe.

"I think we need to use whatever compulsory [processes] necessary to get the information that he possesses", Schiff said. On Tuesday, Brennan shared that he "was concerned by a series of suspicious contacts between Russian government officials and Mr. Trump's associates".

Flynn has become a target of probes being conducted in the House, Senate and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Earlier this week, Flynn's lawyers said he would refuse separate Senate subpoenas for any records about his former business dealings with Russian Federation, citing his constitutional right to avoid self-incrimination.

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