The investigation heightened further following the resignation of Michael Flynn in February. Flynn is an army general who was brought on by Trump as a national security adviser. But suspicions arose about Flynn after word got out that he may have had improper communication with a Russian official.
The investigation got weirder on May 9, 2017. That was when Donald Trump fired the director of the FBI, James Comey. Comey was leading the investigation to see if the Trump campaign was involved in the Russian interference in the election. So the firing of Comey raised more than a few eyebrows.
Flynn is also under investigation for an incident in 2015. That was when he received $45,000 to appear with Vladimir Putin at RT, which is a media organization controlled by the Kremlin. So the relationship between Flynn and Russia dates back to even before the 2016 election.
Meanwhile, Congress is holding hearings to get to the bottom of the possible Russian interference in the election. As part of their investigation, they brought in the former director of the CIA, John Brennan. He served as the head of the CIA from 2013 through January 20, 2017.
Of course, the even bigger question is, was the Trump campaign involved in the Russian interference? Brennan said that he is “aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign.” And this is an issue, he said, “because of known Russian efforts to suborn such individuals.”
Brennan said that, over the years, Russian intelligence workers have been able to find ways to convince people to commit betrayals against their country. He said, “Frequently, individuals on a treasonous path do not even realize they're on that path until it gets to be too late.” So contact between Russian and Trump campaign officials is something worth investigating.
Brennan added that Russia preferred Trump to Hillary Clinton in part because of a rocky relationship between Clinton and Vladimir Putin. He said Putin believed Clinton would be stricter on issues such as human rights, and would therefore prefer a Trump presidency. He said the Russian plan was to “damage and bloody” Clinton before she could be elected.
According to his attorney, Kushner “previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings. He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry.” In any case, the investigation into Russian interference doesn't look like it will conclude anytime soon.