TO USE TRUMP’S AIDES’

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than a month af­ter the Repub­li­can took of­fice.

Oth­ers dis­cussed lever­ag­ing their ties to Vik­tor Yanukovych, the de­posed pres­i­dent of Ukraine liv­ing in ex­ile in Rus­sia, who at one time had worked closely with Manafort, who was dis­missed from Trump’s cam­paign, the news­pa­per re­ported.

The in­tel­li­gence was among the clues, in­clud­ing in­for­ma­tion about di­rect com­mu­ni­ca­tions be­tween Trump’s ad­vis­ers and Rus­sian of­fi­cials, US of­fi­cials re­ceived last year as they be­gan look­ing into Rus­sian at­tempts to dis­rupt the elec­tion and whether any of Trump’s as­so­ciates were as­sist­ing Moscow, the news­pa­per said.

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.

ABC News said Page him­self told it about the sched­uled tes­ti­mony.

A spokesman for the com­mit­tee de­clined to con­firm or deny whether Page would tes­tify be­fore the com­mit­tee or, if he did so, whether he would ap­pear in pub­lic.

On Wed­nes­day, 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.

“We will be fol­low­ing up with sub­poe­nas, and those sub­poe­nas will be de­signed to max­imise our chance of get­ting the in­for­ma­tion that we need,” Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Adam Schiff said at a break­fast spon­sored by the Chris­tian Sci­ence Mon­i­tor.

The lead­ers of the US Se­nate In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee said on Tues­day they would sub­poena two of Flynn’s busi­nesses af­ter he de­clined to hand over doc­u­ments in its sep­a­rate Rus­sia probe.

Flynn, a re­tired gen­eral, is a key wit­ness in the Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tions be­cause of his ties to Moscow. He was fired from his po­si­tion at the White House in Fe­bru­ary, af­ter less than a month on the job, for fail­ing to dis­close the con­tent of talks with Sergei Kislyak, Rus­sia’s am­bas­sador to the US, and mis­lead­ing Vi­cePres­i­dent Mike Pence about the con­ver­sa­tions.

On Tues­day, Bren­nan, the former CIA direc­tor, tes­ti­fied to the House in­tel­li­gence panel that he had no­ticed enough con­tact be­tween Trump as­so­ciates and Rus­sia dur­ing last year’s cam­paign to jus­tify an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Bren­nan’s con­fir­ma­tion of con­tacts be­tween Rus­sian of­fi­cials and mem­bers of Trump’s team, in­creased the pres­sure on in­ves­ti­ga­tors to de­ter­mine whether the Trump camp col­luded with the Rus­sians.

Schiff said the House panel had in­vited its first group of wit­nesses to tes­tify, it is ob­tain­ing doc­u­ments, and as­sess­ing who would co­op­er­ate vol­un­tar­ily, and who would have to be sub­poe­naed.

He said the com­mit­tee was try­ing to ob­tain an au­dio record­ing of any con­ver­sa­tion be­tween Trump and Comey, or Comey’s notes on his meet­ing with the Repub­li­can pres­i­dent in Jan­uary.

Schiff de­clined to com­ment specif­i­cally on what fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion the com­mit­tee was ob­tain­ing, but speak­ing in gen­eral terms, he noted that one tac­tic Rus­sians used to in­flu­ence for­eign na­tion­als was fi­nan­cial en­tan­gle­ment. Reuters

AGENCY PIX

Tanks firing dur­ing the an­nual Han Kuang mil­i­tary drill in Penghu Is­land yes­ter­day. (In­set) Pres­i­dent Tsai Ing-wen watch­ing the mil­i­tary ex­er­cise.

John Bren­nan

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