Trump says no collusion; GOP and Dem members say case isn't closed

Trump says no collusion; GOP and Dem members say case isn't closed

Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is not ruling out an independent investigation into Russian election interference, saying he wants a briefing from Senate Intelligence Committee leaders first.

US Attorney's Office in Alexandria, VA, has issued grand jury subpoenas to associates who worked with Michael Flynn after he quit the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014.

Other congressional committees and the Pentagon's inspector general are also separately examining whether Flynn was fully forthcoming about his foreign contacts and earnings from organizations linked to the governments of Russian Federation and Turkey.

Former officials have just revealed that the administration of former US President Barack Obama warned his successor Donald Trump against appointing Michael Flynn as his national security adviser over Flynn's alleges ties to Russian Federation.

Earlier, following Monday's Senate judiciary subcommittee hearing on Russian interference in the U.S. election, Trump tweeted, "The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end?"

The committee is conducting an investigation into Moscow's alleged meddling in last year's presidential election.

Six top U.S. intelligence officials told Congress Thursday they agree with the conclusion that Russian Federation acted to influence last year's election, countering President Donald Trump's assertions that the hacking remains an open question.

Politico reports that Flynn's attorneys told the committee that the former general would not cooperate with the investigation unless he was granted immunity.

Flynn's lawyer, Robert Kelner, has said that Flynn was not hiding anything, noting that he briefed the DIA on his trip to Russian Federation. In March Flynn registered as a foreign agent revealing that his firm received $530,000 to lobby the US government on behalf of the authoritarian Turkish government during the later months of the American election. The Pentagon's inspector-general has also launched an investigation into the payments.

In March, Kelner said in a statement that Flynn had a "story to tell", but said no reasonable person would agree to be questioned by the committee without "assurances against unfair prosecution".

The FBI interviewed Flynn about the December calls with Kislyak and determined that he wasn't intentionally trying to be deceptive about the nature of what was discussed, according to United States officials briefed on the investigation.

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