Russian interference probe: Donald Trump's personal lawyer subpoenaed

Lauren Perry
June 1, 2017

Four of the seven subpoenas are for "testimony, personal documents and business records" from former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Michael Cohen, Trump's personal attorney, as well as their respective businesses.

Former White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice and former White House National Security Adviser General Michael Flynn were served subpoenas in regard to Russian meddling in 2016 election.

The subpoenas were announced as 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 the Senate intelligence committee, according to a Comey associate.

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.

The Wall Street Journal reports that a GOP congressional aide said that the unmasking investigation was deemed to be a different issue than the Russian Federation probe itself, allowing Nunes to participate without conflict of interest. His subpoenas were apparently meant to determine the motivation of officials including former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power.

The subpoenas or summon first issued by the House panel has demanded their testimony, as well as documents from their businesses. The committee aide, who wasn't authorized to discuss the issue and spoke only on condition of anonymity, said the action would have been taken without agreement from the Democratic minority on the committee.

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Cohen is one of several Trump associates under scrutiny in an Federal Bureau of Investigation examination of possible contacts between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation, according to the New York Times. The three Obama-era officials did not receive personal subpoenas, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

They are focused on the accusations of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, as well as on Flynn, who was sacked three weeks into the new administration for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his meetings with Russian officials.

The report said Comey could testify as early as next week. That soon led to calls from Democrats, and eventually Republicans, that Nunes should consider stepping aside in the Russian investigation.

Nunes contends that he merely "stepped aside" from the investigation, and it was not a formal recusal.

The source added that Flynn wanted to cooperate with congressional investigations and was grateful that the Senate panel had narrowed the scope of its request.

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