House committee issues subpoenas; Comey OK'd to testify

Subpoenas were also approved by the committee for documents possessed by the Flynn Intel Group LLC and Michael D. Cohen & Associates PC.

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen will be subpoenaed to testify in the Russian political meddling investigation by the House Intelligence committee, the panel announced Wednesday.

The Committee is expected to subpoena Flynn's and Cohen's businesses, as well.

The source, who requested anonymity to discuss sensitive matters, said Flynn would turn over personal documents and specific business records.

"We will continue to pursue this investigation wherever the facts may lead", the statement read.

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.

According to people familiar with those notes, the president in February pressed Comey to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The House panel pursuing its own investigation of the Trump campaign and possible Russian Federation ties has also sought information from Comey, asking the FBI to turn over documents related to his interactions with both the White House and the Justice Department.

On Wednesday, various news outlets reported that the intelligence committee had subpoenaed three former Obama administration officials to address Nunes' allegations. A spokeswoman for Senator Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the panel "welcomes the testimony of former Director Comey, but does not have an announcement to make at this time".

Three other subpoenas tied to the Russian Federation investigation were issued by the House panel for information related to so-called "unmasking" of some Trump associates' names appearing on classified reports during the Obama administration, said officials with knowledge of the subpoenas. But officials can request that names - listed as "U.S. Person 1", for example - be unmasked internally in order to give context about the potential value of the intelligence. 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.

A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment.

Still, President Trump has downplayed the investigation on Twitter, calling it a witch hunt and an excuse for why Democrats lost.

  • Larry Hoffman