House Intelligence Committee issues seven subpoenas

The House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed the CIA, FBI and NSA on Wednesday for documents related to suspicions that Obama administration officials unlawfully unmasked the names of Americans associated with then-candidate Trump during the presidential campaign. That is the same argument that Trump has advanced repeatedly in the last several weeks as the multiple investigations into his campaign's ties to Russian Federation have gained steam.

Lawmakers are likely to ask Comey about his interactions with Trump as the bureau pursued its investigation into his campaign's contacts. According to committee rules, the chairman has to sign off on all subpoenas, unless that authority is delegated to someone else. "Any prior requests for information would have been undertaken without the minority's knowledge".

In response, the Senate panel narrowed the scope of its request.

The House Intelligence Committee issued seven subpoenas related to the investigation on Wednesday.

Separately, Reuters reports that General Michael Flynn and longtime Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen were among the 7 total subpoenas issued. Those requests are not automatically granted, but examined and granted or not by intelligence officials.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal committee matters.

Delving into a political quarrel over the most recent subpoenas in the US House Intelligence Committee's Russian Federation test, US President Donald Trump on Thursday backed endeavors to examine activities by US security and different authorities under past president Barack Obama. Early Wednesday morning, the president tweeted "Witch Hunt!" in reference to testimony by Comey and former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan before Congress on the topic.

Those subpoenas were reportedly issued exclusively by Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, the committee chairman, with no input from Democrats. "I find it irresponsible and improper that the request sent to me was leaked by those working on the committee".

The House Intelligence Committee, chaired by Republican Rep. The aide later retracted the statement.

"If he (Nunes) recused himself from subjects Russian Federation then he shouldn't be having access to documents relating to subject Russian Federation and he shouldn't be issuing separate subpoenas attaching them to bipartisan subpoenas that were issued this week", Pelosi said in response to a question at a news conference on Friday.

Aides to Democratic committee members have complained that Nunes, a Republican, has begun investigating allegations that senior members of President Barack Obama's administration improperly "unmasked" the identities of Trump associates who were caught communicating with Russian officials. Kasowitz's New York City law firm has represented Trump for 15 years.

So now it is reported that the Democrats, who have excoriated Carter Page about Russian Federation, don't want him to testify.

The focus of the probe is on whether such a meeting took place on April 27, 2016, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, where Trump delivered his first major foreign policy address, CNN reported.

Cohen has made his own unsuccessful attempts at public office, losing a city council race and briefly running for state assembly in NY.

But Nunes' spokesman told the Post that "it is standard operating procedure for the House Intelligence Committee to forward all committee members' questions from both parties to the appropriate agencies, whether or not they are answered".

"Nunes is not going to be able to go any further", the Democratic aide said, adding that, if he did, committee Democrats would pressure House Speaker Paul Ryan to remove Nunes as chairman.

  • Zachary Reyes