Senate panel eager to hear from Comey, given OK to testify
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 02, 2017,
Jun 02, 2017, 1:42
A senior Republican staffer on the committee said Nunes signed the subpoenas for Flynn, Cohen and their companies, which were requested by Conaway and Schiff. The Senate has already issued subpoenas to Flynn personally, and to his businesses.
"While we anticipate interviews to begin shortly, we have agreed that the pace of those interviews will be dictated by the needs of the investigation and not the preferences of outside parties", he said in a statement.
The subpoenas were announced Wednesday as the special counsel overseeing the government's investigation into possible Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation has authorized former FBI Director James Comey to testify before the Senate intelligence committee, according to a Comey associate.
He pleaded the fifth in response to a subpoena from Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr and Vice Chairman Mark Warner.
Trump, a Republican, has denied any collusion between Russian Federation and his campaign and has repeatedly questioned the U.S. intelligence finding that Putin led an operation that included computer hacking, fake news and propaganda meant to swing the election in his favor.
Unmasking refers to an internal process within the classified world by which names the names of Americans that are collected while another target is being spied upon are uncovered at the request of intelligence agencies.
Flynn was sacked by Trump in February after revelations that he misled administration officials about his contacts with Russia's ambassador.
The House panel is one of the congressional committees investigating alleged Russian interference in the election.
The conversation, which took place before Trump's inauguration, centered around lifting then-President Barack Obama's sanctions against Russian Federation. Pearson reported from NY. No date for testimony in front of the intelligence committee has been set.
Trump accused Democrats of blocking Page's testimony, without citing evidence but referring to an unidentified report.
At the beginning of April, Democrats were accusing Nunes of coordinating with the Trump White House to derail the House Russia probe. Republicans have implied the unmasking of Trump associates could have been politically motivated.
The House Intelligence committee has issued subpoenas for former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
These subpoenas are seeking records related to the "unmasking" of Trump associates accidentally picked up in intercepted conversations, say United States media reports.
The probe is looking into any possible ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.