Published: Tue, May 30, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

US Senate Intelligence Committee requests Trump campaign documents

US Senate Intelligence Committee requests Trump campaign documents

The Senate Intelligence Committee, investigating Russian meddling in US 2016 election, has asked President Donald Trump's political organisation to hand over all documents going back the campaign's launch in June 2015, the Washington Post reported on Friday, citing two people briefed on the request.

The committee has not yet announced plans for additional subpoenas, though they are seeking documents and testimony from other members of President Donald Trump's campaign and transition teams.

Dozens of former campaign staffers are expected to be contacted soon to ensure they are aware of the request, the Post said, citing the two people. They were not authorised to speak publicly.

The Senate Intelligence Committee voted Thursday to give its top Republican and Democrat "blanket authority" to issue subpoenas for the duration of its probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, according to the committee chairman. Mark Warner, D-Va., reportedly signed the letter.

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The request to Trump's political operatives represents the first time that Trump's official campaign structure has been drawn into the Senate committee's ongoing bipartisan investigation. Not only that, but the FBI is investigating potential collusion between Trump associates and Russian Federation to help in that effort - in Russia's interest.Brennan said he is "aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and United States of America persons involved in the Trump campaign".

Former CIA Director John Brennan told a Congressional inquiry panel on Tuesday that he had personally phoned his Russian counterpart after he became aware of contacts between Russian officials and the Trump campaign.and warned that ties between the two countries would be damaged if Moscow did not stop interfering in USA elections.

That investigation is separate from the federal probe being caried out by the US Justice Department and the FBI. The committee responded by narrowing the focus of their subpoena for records from Flynn, and by issuing two new subpoenas for records from Flynn's Virginia-based businesses. It was reported Friday night that his son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner discussed setting up a secret backchannel to the Kremlin with the Russians during a December meeting.

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