House committee issues subpoenas in Russia probe; Comey OK'd to testify

The U.S. House intelligence committee was expected to issue subpoenas on Wednesday to President Donald Trump's former national security adviser and his personal lawyer in connection with its probe of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election, sources familiar with the matter said.

While Nunes remains the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, he has removed himself from the committee's highest profile effort, investigating the Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the possible collusion of the Trump campaign.

"Today the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence approved subpoenas to be issued as part of the ongoing investigation into Russian active measures during the 2016 campaign", the release stated. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said last week that a subpoena for Flynn from the House panel was likely. Specifically, the subpoenas issued by Nunes seek information about requests made by former CIA Director John Brennan and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice for the campaign aides' names to be disclosed in those classified reports.

The House and Senate Intelligence Committees continue to press ahead in their investigations, even as a newly-appointed independent special counsel takes over the Justice Department and FBI investigations into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

A person close to Flynn told the Associated Press he will turn over documents related to two of his businesses as well as some personal documents the committee requested earlier this month.

Trump fired Flynn in February amid questions about whether he inappropriately talked about US sanctions against Russia with a Russian official and then misled then-Vice President-elect Pence about those talks.

Cohen said he "declined the invitation to participate, as the request was poorly phrased, overly broad, and not capable of being answered", in an e-mail to ABC. Last week, the committee issued two new subpoenas to Flynn's businesses and is seeking a response by Tuesday.

Congressional investigators are examining whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions had an additional private meeting with Russia's ambassador during the presidential campaign, according to Republican and Democratic Hill.

The associate did say that Robert Mueller, appointed by the Justice Department earlier this month to lead the government's inquiry, is allowing Comey to make certain statements.

After Comey's dismissal, news reports emerged that Trump asked Comey to end the Flynn probe during a February meeting in the Oval Office the day after Flynn was sacked for misrepresenting his contacts with the Russian ambassador.

The staffer said the Democrats were informed that the unmasking subpoenas were being issued.

(L to R) Michael Flynn, special counsel to Donald Trump Michael Cohen, and Rick Perry in the lobby at Trump Tower, Dec. 12, 2016 in New York City.

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

The chairman and vice chairman of the committee, Sen.

The source told Fox News that the committee recently narrowed its requests for Flynn's personal records, enabling him to accommodate the committee's requests without jeopardizing his legal rights.

  • Leroy Wright