House Committee subpoenas ex-NSA, Trump's lawyer

Schiff criticized Nunes during an interview with MSNBC on Saturday, calling the decision to issue the subpoenas a "violation" of Nunes' recusal from the investigation.

Is sleep deprivation impairing Donald Trump? He said at the time that he had concerns about the way some people were dealt with in the intelligence reports.

Pelosi said she has on many occasions expressed her displeasure with Nunes to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) but refused to comment further on those conversations.

Blogger Mike Cernovich, Bloomberg News' Eli Lake, and Fox News reported that President Obama's National Security Advisor Susan Rice had requested the unmasking of incoming Trump officials. On that score, it has previously been reported that the committee's chairman, Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), has reviewed intelligence reporting and detected instances of unmasking.

Brennan, meanwhile, testified before the House intelligence panel last week.

It was less than two months ago that Representative Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, temporarily recused himself from leading the panel's Russian Federation investigation amid allegations that he disclosed classified information in what his Democratic critics called an attempt to substantiate President Trump's false claim that his predecessor ordered wiretaps on Trump Tower.

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. Trump tweeted, referring to the Federal Bureau of Investigation director he abruptly fired.

Democrats on the committee say they were not consulted on the unmasking subpoenas.

According to a senior GOP House aide, the subpoenas from chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., were issued on the same day as the panel's Russian Federation probe leaders announced that they had filed the committee's first subpoenas for documents, records and testimony from Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, and two of their businesses. Any such requests undergo rigorous legal reviews, and United States officials have said all such requests under Obama, a Democrat, were conducted properly.

Nunes spoke the day after he stepped down from his role in the Russian Federation investigation after coming under pressure over a visit to the White House to discuss classified material.

The special counsel overseeing the government's investigation into possible Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation has approved former FBI Director James Comey to testify before a Senate committee pursuing the same matter, a Comey associate said Wednesday.

The House Intelligence Committee's investigation is one of several congressional probes into Russian Federation, along with one by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Also Wednesday, a Justice Department official confirmed that Mueller had named a top Justice Department official to his team.

Trump on Thursday backed Nunes' efforts to investigate actions by USA security and other officials who had served under previous President Barack Obama.

In March, Nunes came under fire for reportedly sharing confidential details, including information on Trump's associates and their alleged ties to Russian Federation, with a source at the White House grounds. Those requests are not automatically granted, but examined and granted or not by intelligence officials.

  • Zachary Reyes