Russians 'boasted spies had links to Trump aides' during election campaign


Those advisers included then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Lt. -Gen.

Any deal involving immunity would require discussion with Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed last week to oversee the criminal investigation into Russia's meddling in last year's US presidential election.

The FBI also informed a House committee that it would not be complying with a Wednesday deadline to turn over memos written by former FBI director James Comey detailing his discussions with President Donald Trump.

US intelligence agencies concluded in January that Moscow tried to sway the November vote in Trump's favor.

The New York Times report was the latest indication of the depth of concerns within the USA intelligence community about Russian efforts to tip November's election toward Trump as he battled Democrat Hillary Clinton.

A day earlier, former CIA director John Brennan told a House committee that he had seen intelligence that "revealed contacts and interactions" between Russian officials and Americans "involved" in the Trump campaign.

Flynn was Trump's first appointment as national security adviser.

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.

"It should be clear to everyone that Russian Federation brazenly interfered in our 2016 presidential election process", Brennan said on Tuesday, "and that they undertook these activities despite our strong protests and explicit warning that they do not do so".

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

Page was not immediately available to comment. The House Financial Services Committee sent a letter to Deutsche Bank asking whether any of the president's accounts or loans were backed by Moscow.

Kushner has agreed to discuss his Russian contacts with the Senate Intelligence Committee - which is conducting one of several investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

'We will be following up with subpoenas, and those subpoenas will be created to maximize our chance of getting the information that we need, ' Representative Adam Schiff told journalists at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. The committee followed that Tuesday by issuing two new subpoenas to Flynn's business.

Mr Manafort quit the Trump campaign in August previous year after his close ties to contacts in Ukraine and Russian Federation were made public.

He was forced to resign after 24 days when information surfaced that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his meetings with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

Russian intelligence agents and politicians discussed how to manipulate President Trump through connections with his top aides, it has been reported.

U.S. intelligence services have concluded that Russian hackers attempted to influence the Presidential election campaign to discredit Hillary Clinton and affect the result.