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Former CIA Director John Brennan is set to testify publicly about the intelligence underpinning the Obama administration's conclusion that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.

In a statement to reporters, a White House official said the hearings showed "there is still no evidence of any Russia-Trump campaign collusion".

Several candidates - including former Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher, Associate Judge Michael Garcia of the New York Court of Appeals, career Federal Bureau of Investigation official Richard McFeely, Texas Republican Sen.

Former CIA chief John Brennan testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on May 23.

Wittes cited an instance where Trump invited law enforcement officials to the Blue Room to express his thanks for their work at the inauguration just days before and Comey was camouflaging him with the room's drapes so that Trump could not notice him, but Trump later called him out by name, leading to a greeting captured on camera.

He also offered advice for Trump that outlined two choices he could take in dealing with the fallout over Russian Federation - either face a Watergate-style investigation or follow the example set by former President Ronald Reagan during the Iran-Contra affair, a scandal that rocked his presidency and for which he expressed regret, while not admitting knowledge of the plan.

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Last week Reuters reported that Flynn and other Trump advisers called and emailed Russian officials at least 18 times during the end-stage of the 2016 election, citing current and former United States officials. Cummings asked the committee's chairman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, to subpoena the White House for documents related to Flynn. The Times says some of the officials bragged about ties to Flynn.

The nation's intelligence director says he won't comment on a news report that President Donald Trump asked him to publicly deny any collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.

President Donald Trump wanted to make something very clear during his visit to Israel on Monday: In that infamous conversation with Russian diplomats a couple weeks ago - the one in which he shared classified intelligence - he totally didn't say that the source of the information was Israel.

On Wednesday morning, the top Democrat on the committee said it would subpoena Flynn in its probe into alleged Russian meddling in the presidential election after he declined to appear before the panel.

Brennan said he is "aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and US persons involved in the Trump campaign".