The Plot Thickens in Trump Probe

Sir Walter Scott's epic admonition, "Oh, what a web we weave when first we practice to deceive", perfectly describes the furor over President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

"It raised questions in my mind about whether Russian Federation was able to gain the cooperation of those individuals", Brennan said. Flynn, who was sacked as national security adviser in February after he misled administration officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the US, earlier this week rejected a Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena for records of his communications with Russian officials, asserting his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

The following week, Comey associates revealed that the then-FBI Director had written a memo detailing a February 14 conversation with the president in which Trump asked him to close down the bureau's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

While Flynn decides what, if anything, he'll provide to Congress, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said the Federal Bureau of Investigation will not be turning over memos and other materials that detail discussions between Comey and Trump.

He added that he is not sure whether "collusion existed" between the campaign and Moscow, but the interactions were enough that he believed the matter warranted an FBI investigation.

FBI chief Mr Comey's dismissal was greeted with reactions, with critics accusing the president of trying to thwart the FBI investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the USA election and any Moscow ties to Trump associates.

Subpoenas for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn piled up Wednesday as the House intelligence committee pressured Flynn to cooperate with its investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

"Given the nature of my position and the information that we share [with the president], it's not appropriate for me to comment publicly on any of that", National Intelligence Director Dan Coats told a Senate panel.

Solomon L. Wisenberg, a Washington defense lawyer who worked as a prosecutor during the Starr investigation of President Bill Clinton, said both of Flynn's corporate structures would likely have to turn over all business records sought by the committee.

A former official also told the Post that Mr. Trump's requests were rejected because they threatened the independence of American intelligence agencies.

"I'm not under investigation", the President reportedly told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak in a May 10 meeting in the Oval Office.

In response, the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday sent a letter narrowing its request for documents. It was more of a public relations request, they believed, according to the official.

This news comes just after an announcement that a "current White House official" is now a "person of interest" in the probe, suggesting that the ties are coming closer and closer to President Trump.

A White House spokesperson said in a statement, "The White House does not confirm or deny unsubstantiated claims based on illegal leaks from anonymous individuals". "The President will continue to focus on his agenda that he was elected to pursue by the American people".

That request, issued last Wednesday, came before Mueller was appointed as a special counsel.

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