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House committee issues subpoenas; Comey OK'd to testify

02 June 2017

Pearson reported from NY.

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.

A spokeswoman for the committee's chairman, Sen.

The approval of the seven subpoenas appeared to represent a political compromise between the House of Representatives panel's majority Republicans, who have joined Trump in demanding investigations into leaks of classified information to news organizations, and minority Democrats, who are pushing for an aggressive investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump campaign aides.

Flynn was forced to resign when it was reported in February that he had spoken to the Russian ambassador about United States sanctions and then misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts.

The House intelligence committee has issued a subpoena for former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The subpoenas issued on Wednesday seek to obtain the testimony of the two men as well as their business documents, Efe news reported.

Another congressional source, who also requested anonymity, said Democrats were "informed and consulted" before the subpoenas were issued.

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It said Comey planned to meet with Mueller, a longtime colleague at the Justice Department and also a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for a formal interview after his public testimony.

The House Intelligence Committee issued seven subpoenas Wednesday - reportedly to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and President Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen - in its probe of Russian meddling in the November election.

While the names Rice and Brennan made obvious sense, McCarthy found the Power request to be "peculiar" because "here job is really diplomatic".

"You don't issue a subpoena unless you haver a good-faith bases to believe the documents you're asking for exist", he told Fox News host Martha MacCallum.

Trump, a Republican, has denied any collusion between Russian Federation and his campaign and has repeatedly questioned the USA intelligence finding that Putin led an operation that included computer hacking, fake news and propaganda meant to swing the election in his favour. Flynn could be held in contempt of Congress if he does not cooperate with the investigation.

The attorney confirmed on Tuesday that investigators from the House and Senate asked him to provide information and testimony on any contacts he had with people linked to the Russian government, but he refused that request.

Cohen's ties with Russian interests came up in February when The New York Times reported that Cohen helped to broker a Ukraine peace plan that would call for the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine and a referendum to let Ukrainians decide whether the part of the country seized by Russia in 2014 should be leased to Moscow.

After video of Trump admitting to a string of sexual assaults appeared last October, his approval rating bottomed out; a month later, it had recovered - and he was the President.