House intel committee issues subpoenas for Flynn, Cohen in Russia probe

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.

"We approved subpoenas for several individuals for testimony, personal documents, and business records", Republican Mike Conaway, who is leading the House's Russian Federation probe, and Democrat Adam Schiff, the committee's ranking Democrat, said in a joint statement.

The House Intelligence Committee issued seven subpoenas Wednesday as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, four of them related to the Russia probe - and three about any "unmasking" of Trump associates by Obama officials.

A second person within President Donald Trump's inner circle has denied a Congressional request to participate in the Russian Federation probe.

Trump tweeted Thursday morning that "the big story is the "unmasking and surveillance" of people that took place during the Obama administration", a point he's made previously as the investigation into alleged ties between his campaign and Russian Federation has accelerated.

Separately, Reuters reports that General Michael Flynn and longtime Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen were among the 7 total subpoenas issued. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, and Adam Schiff, D-California, said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin sounded similar tones as they criticized the ongoing USA scrutiny of Russia's attempts to sway the presidential election.

USA intelligence agencies reported in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw a campaign of computer hacking, fake news and propaganda meant to swing the election to Republican Trump over his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. From everything I've been able to tell, Cohen fills a business role for Trump as well as being his public threatener.

The panel, headed by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., issued four subpoenas relating to the actual Russian Federation investigation, both The Wall Street Journal and Reuters reported.

The embattled head of the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday appeared to have launched an investigation of his own, this one into allegations that senior Obama administration officials improperly "unmasked" the identities of Trump associates captured communicating with foreign officials.

The House Intelligence Committee has also delivered a letter to former White House press aide Boris Epshteyn, requesting that he voluntarily submit information for the investigation.

A spokeswoman for the committee's chairman, Sen.

The document represents the first round of interviews, with more likely to follow.

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