House intelligence committee subpoenas Michael Flynn, Michael Cohen
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 10:29
As part of our ongoing investigation into Russian active measures during the 2016 campaign, today we approved subpoenas for several individuals for testimony, personal documents and business records.
Flynn has sought immunity in order to testify before any of the Russian Federation probes, and he initially cited his Fifth Amendment protection from incriminating himself when he first declined to hand over documents to Senate investigators.
In addition, the Intelligence Committee sent a letter to former White House press aide Boris Epshteyn asking him to voluntarily submit information to the committee, according to the Journal's report.
Trump, a Republican, has denied any collusion between Russian Federation and his campaign and has repeatedly questioned the US intelligence finding that Putin led an operation that included computer hacking, fake news and propaganda meant to swing the election in his favour.
"If the reports are accurate, subpoenas related to the "unmasking" issue would have been sent by Nunes acting separately from the committee's Russian Federation investigation", said a senior aide on the committee.
The Maryland and NY compounds were seized under the Obama administration in December as part of a larger action targeting Russian diplomats whom it said were spies.
James Comey, fired last month as FBI director amid a federal investigation into connections between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, is set to testify next Thursday at a highly anticipated congressional hearing that could shed light on his private conversations with the president in the weeks before his dismissal. Flynn plans to produce some of the documents by next week, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss Flynn's private interactions with the committee.
No hearing date was set for Comey's testimony, which is likely to focus on reports that Comey filed an internal memo in mid-February saying that Trump had asked him to ease up the FBI investigation of Flynn.
The latest subpoenas sparked new partisan wrangling on the House panel, with aides to Democratic lawmakers complaining that the chairman, Rep. He began his career with Justice in 1991 at the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of NY. He has become a central figure in congressional investigations, as well an FBI probe that now is being overseen by a special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller. 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".
Sessions, a close Trump adviser, withdrew from the Russian Federation investigation in March after acknowledging two previously undisclosed contacts with Kislyak last summer and fall.