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Former Donald Trump campaign chairman provides Russia-related documents to intel panels

25 May 2017

Citing the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, Flynn's lawyer said on Monday that Flynn would not comply with subpoenas from the Senate intelligence committee, which is conducting its own parallel investigation into Russia's interference in the election and whether it colluded with President Donald Trump's associates.

The department said Sessions' staff relied on the guidance of the FBI investigator handling the background check, who advised that meetings with foreign dignitaries "connected with Senate activities" did not have to be reported on the form.

President Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, turned over 305 pages of documents related to the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election to the House and Senate intelligence committees this week, according to people familiar with the ongoing inquiries.

Meanwhile, Page said Wednesday that details are still being worked out about his testimony before the House intelligence committee next month. The committee followed that Tuesday by issuing two new subpoenas to Flynn's business.

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'We would want to make sure that he was being fully forthcoming and truthful and cooperative, and that it was someone whose testimony we could rely on, ' Schiff told after a Christian Science Monitor breakfast. Moreover, he stated that the committee has moved forward with the probe.

"The only thing I can tell you is immunity is off the table", Senator Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said this week.

Separately, ABC News reported that Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to Trump's presidential campaign, would testify June 6 before the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.

"We will be following up with subpoenas, and those subpoenas will be created to maximize our chance of getting the information that we need", said Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the panel, Reuters and CNN reported.

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The attorneys said that Flynn had made a decision to avail himself of Fifth Amendment protection and refuse to provide documents requested by the Senate and considered to be relevant to its own investigation into the Russian matter.

Mr Brennan said he delivered a telephone warning to his Russian counterpart, the head of the FSB spy agency, against meddling in August a year ago, two months before USA intelligence chiefs went public with their belief that Russia was trying to manipulate the election in Mr Trump's favour.

Schiff said he is "skeptical" that the committee would agree to grant Flynn immunity in the future in exchange for information.

"I said we would use whatever compulsory process we need ... if the subpoenas are not adhered to in a way that is supported by their legal right then I think we need to explore whatever compulsion Congress for obtaining" those documents, Schiff said. We would like to hear from General Flynn. "We would like him to tell his story because he publicly said: 'I've got a story to tell.' We're allowing him that opportunity to tell it".

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Former Donald Trump campaign chairman provides Russia-related documents to intel panels