Flynn subpoenaed by House intelligence committee

Cheryl Sanders
June 1, 2017

United States House Intelligence Committee has issued subpoenas to former national security adviser Michael Flynn and President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, as part of its probe into the Russian role during the a year ago Presidential election.

It was unclear why the subpoenas to the agencies were not mentioned in the committee's announcement of the approval of the subpoenas to former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and Michael Cohen, one of the president's personal lawyers.

The subpoenas, the first from the House panel, seek their testimony, as well as documents from their businesses.

They have signaled that they see unmasking as the key to investigating the source of media leaks damaging to the Trump administration - such as the exposure of Flynn, who was forced to resign in February after media reports based on surveillance leaks revealed that he misled Vice President Pence about the contents of his discussions with the Russian ambassador.

The latest committee action shows that lawmakers have not given up their own Russian Federation investigations despite a separate FBI probe led by former FBI director Robert Mueller, who was appointed as special counsel by Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein on May 17.

The orders were made to fired national security adviser Michael Flynn and lawyer Michael Cohen.

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, chaired by Sen.

Another congressional source, who also requested anonymity, said Democrats were "informed and consulted" before the subpoenas were issued.

On Wednesday, the House Intelligence Committee issued seven subpoenas - four related to the investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election and three to the "unmasking" of Trump associates during the presidential transition.

A senior committee aide said any subpoenas related to unmasking weren't part of the Russian Federation probe run by Conaway and Schiff. Instead, Nunes said he'd been shown documents that he said suggested the Obama administration had acted improperly in "unmasking" the names of Trump associates monitored communicating with foreign officials.

Flynn was sacked by Trump in February after revelations that he misled administration officials about his contacts with Russia's ambassador.

Nunes, who had been a member of Trump's transition team, made the allegations just two days after then Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey shocked Washington by revealing in a public hearing that his agency had been probing possible collusion of Trump associates with Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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