Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn agrees to provide some documents

The House intelligence committee said Wednesday it is issuing subpoenas for President Donald Trump's former national security adviser and his personal lawyer, as well as their businesses, as part of its investigation into Russian activities during last year's election.

Flynn's cooperation came as President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, rejected a request for documents as part of a House committee's separate probe into Russia's election meddling and contacts with the Trump campaign.

On Tuesday, an associate of James Comey said the special counsel overseeing an investigation into possible Russian coordination with the Trump campaign has approved the former FBI director to testify before a Senate committee.

Trump's early morning tweets came as his advisers are planning to establish a "war room" to combat mounting questions about communication between Russian Federation and his presidential campaign before and after November's election. Congressional investigators continue to press for key documents in the ongoing investigation, and the retired lieutenant general is trying to limit damaging disclosures that hostile Democratic lawmakers could use against him. House oversight committee investigators revealed that Flynn did not disclose payments from Russia's state-run television, RT, on his request for a security clearance.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected allegations of Moscow's meddling in the USA election as fiction invented by Democrats in order to explain their loss.

While the Senate committee awaits documents from Flynn, Putin and Trump both dismissed the US intelligence community's conclusion that the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 USA presidential election by hacking Democratic emails.

The Associated Press reported earlier this month that Comey planned to testify before the Senate committee after Memorial Day, but the approval from Mueller to do so could indicate that date is fast approaching.

Earlier Tuesday, the AP reported, citing a congressional aide, that the House intelligence committee had subpoenaed Cohen.

But later in the day, the White House showed it was beginning to offload the Russian Federation crisis to Trump's longtime personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz. Calls and emails to Kasowitz's NY firm were not immediately returned Wednesday.

Fresh off Trump's first official trip overseas, White House communications director Michael Dubke announced his resignation Tuesday in what many inside and outside the White House see as the first shoe to drop.

The committee also approved subpoenas to the two men's firms, Flynn Intel Llc, and Michael D. Cohen and Associates PC, the committee announcement said. He left in March and now works as a political analyst for right-leaning Sinclair Broadcasting.

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