House Intelligence Committee Issues Subpoenas for Michael Cohen and Michael Flynn

The US House Intelligence Committee issued seven subpoenas on Wednesday in connection with its investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the US election, media reported.

A spokesman for Warner declined to comment for this article Tuesday, while a spokeswoman for committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., did not immediately return a request for comment.

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Shortly before leaving office, former President Barack Obama imposed additional sanctions on Russian Federation after receiving information from the intelligence community suggesting the country tried to sabotage Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign.

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

Top House Democrats began calling for Nunes to recuse himself from the panel's investigation into Russian Federation in March, following the revelations that he had met on White House grounds with a source who showed him secret U.S. intelligence reports.

These subpoenas are seeking records related to the "unmasking" of Trump associates accidentally picked up in intercepted conversations, say U.S. media reports.

But Republicans want to know if any of those requests were politically motivated.

Ed Markey, a Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told CNN: "Nunes is too close to the Trump White House".

The identities can be "unmasked", or revealed, however, to a small group of government officials with the proper clearance if they request unmasking.

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In a separate statement on Wednesday, Republican Representative Mike Conaway and Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, who are leading the committee's Russian Federation probe, announced subpoenas for Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, as well as their firms.

While Flynn has been a known target of congressional and Justice Department investigations into possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump presidential campaign, Cohen has only recently become a focus of the probe, for unknown reasons. But as part of the effort to investigate the president's claims, Nunes had gone to the White House to view intelligence documents that he said appeared to unmask Americans, including the president and possibly members of his administration and campaign team.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said inquiries about the Russian Federation investigation must be directed to Trump's longtime personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz. The Department of Justice appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a Special Counsel in the bureau's investigation in mid-May.

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. He later recused himself from the Russian Federation probe.

Michael Cohen spent years as the main lawyer for the Trump Organization, the president's New York-based real estate and entertainment business. Nunes canceled a public session that had been set for March 28 to hear testimony from fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates about her January warning that Flynn was lying about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

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