FBI Refuses To Hand Over “Comey Memos” To Congress

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said today that the FBI had decided to withhold documents, including memos, notes, summaries, and recordings, requested by his committee in regards to the ongoing Russia probe. This was revealed in a letter sent by Chaffetz to the FBI responding to the agency’s decision to withhold documents requested by the Committee on May 16, 2017.

According to a statement by the Oversight Committee, “Chaffetz requested memos, notes, summaries, and recordings to assist in the Committee’s investigation of the FBI’s independence, and which are outside the scope of the Special Counsel’s investigation.”

The documents are due June 8, 2017, but that may not happen as it appears the FBI is suddenly unwilling to cooperate.

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There Remains No Evidence Of Trump-Russia Collusion

Where is the evidence of President Trump’s collusion with Russia?

The Wall Street Journal – no particular fan of Trump – characterizes the DOJ charge to Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, as fatally open-ended, vague, and flawed. His instruction lists no federal statutes and invites a fishing expedition into trivial matters. Journalists covering the story appear to disagree on what Mueller is supposed to do: Is he to “oversee the investigation into ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russian officials” or “investigate possible coordination between President Trump’s associates and Russian officials?”

The political feeding frenzy has, to date, brought forth the following facts of Russiagate: Persons associated with the Trump campaign had contacts with Russians, some unsavory. Trump businesses, like other luxury property developers, had dealings with wealthy Russian buyers. Trump did not condemn Putin during the campaign and expressed a hope (shared by many across the political spectrum) of improved relations.

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Brennan: As Head of The CIA, I Regularly Shared Classified Information With The Russians

Speaking in front of the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday, former CIA Director John Brennan said he regularly shared classified information with the Russians during his time at the intelligence agency.

“I shared classified information with the Russians while I was director of the CIA. The CIA on routine basis shares classified information with Russians on terrorism matters. It doesn’t mean it becomes unclassified, it means that it maintains the classification but is releasable to Russia or other partners so that in itself is not unprecedented,” Brennan said.

The comments come after a week of criticism over President Trump’s alleged sharing of classified information about ISIS with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador during a recent meeting at the White House.  According to the Washington Post, the President shared the intelligence without permission or vetting from the intelligence community. Brennan backed up that assertion “if press reports are true.”

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Brennan: FBI Investigation Into Possible Collusion Between Trump And Russia Was ‘Well Founded’

Former CIA Director John Brennan offered testimony before the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday morning on Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. Russia “brazenly interfered” in our elections, Brennan said in his opening statement. “They were very aggressive” in that effort.

That did not surprise the committee. What they really wanted to know, was if Brennan had ever found evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Brennan said he doesn’t “do evidence” – he deals in intelligence. Yet, he had nagging questions about collusion.

“They tried to get Americans to act on their behalf, either wittingly or unwittingly,” Brennan noted. “I had unresolved questions in my mind” in whether they got Americans to work on their behalf.

As such, the former CIA director felt that the FBI investigation into possible collusion was “well founded.”

If press reports about Trump’s collusion with Russia are accurate, Brennan said, then the president would be guilty of violating two protocols. One, classified intelligence is not to be shared with foreign ambassadors. Second, before sharing classified intel, it needs to go back to the originating agency to make sure it’s accurate so as to not compromise any future efforts.

Source: Brennan: FBI Investigation into Possible Collusion Between Trump and Russia Was ‘Well Founded’ – Cortney O’Brien

Brennan: No, Trump Hasn’t Pressured The Intelligence Community To Drop The Flynn Investigation

Testifying in front of the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday, former CIA Director John Brennan said he is unaware of any efforts by President Trump or his staff to pressure the intelligence community into dropping the criminal investigation surrounding former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Brennan served under President Obama.

Ranking Member Adam Schiff: In respect to a number of allegations made recently that the president of his aides may have sought to enlist the help of members the IC [intelligence community] or Director Comey himself to drop the Flynn investigation. Have any members of the IC shared with you their concerns that the president was attempting to enlist the help of people within the intelligence community to drop the Flynn investigation?

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Flynn Rejects Trump-Russia Probe Subpoena; Dems Say He Lied

President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in rebuffing a subpoena Monday in the investigation into Russia’s election meddling. Then a top House Democrat cited new evidence he said appeared to show Flynn lied on a security clearance background check.

With Trump himself in the Mideast on his first foreign trip as president, investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign – and allegations of Trump campaign collaboration – showed no sign of slackening in Washington. Flynn’s own defensive crouch revealed the high legal stakes he faces as investigations intensify: a U.S. counterintelligence probe of Russia, a federal investigation in Virginia and multiple congressional inquiries.

As well, The Washington Post reported Monday that Trump asked two top intelligence chiefs in March to deny publicly that there had been collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign.

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AP Reports Michael Flynn Won’t Testify Before Senate Panel

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will invoke his constitutional right against self-incrimination on Monday when he declines to hand over documents to a Senate panel investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, The Associated Press has learned.

Flynn is expected to cite Fifth Amendment protections in a letter Monday to the Senate intelligence committee, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. The person spoke on condition anonymity because they weren’t authorized to publicly discuss private interactions between Flynn and the committee.

The letter was expected to stress that Flynn invoking his constitutional protections was not an admission of wrongdoing but rather a response to the current political climate in which Democratic members of Congress are calling for his prosecution, the person said.

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