House Subpoenas Flynn, Cohen, and Unmasking Requests by Obama Trio

Posted June 02, 2017

James Comey, the former FBI director who was sacked by President Trump last month, is expected to tell a Senate committee that the president asked him to back off the investigation into Mike Flynn, a source told The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.

Democrats said that while both sides had agreed to the Flynn and Cohen subpoenas, they hadn't agreed to the others. "We will continue to pursue this investigation wherever the facts may lead", their statement said.

"If the reports are accurate, subpoenas related to the "unmasking" issue would have been sent by Chairman Nunes acting separately from the committee's Russian Federation investigation", the senior aide wrote in an email.

Flynn's cooperation was the first signal that he and the Senate panel have found common ground.

In addition to approving subpoenas for Flynn and Cohen as individuals, the committee approved them for their companies, Flynn Intel Group LLC and Michael D. Cohen & Associates PC.

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Names of certain Trump campaign officials were allegedly unmasked, or revealed, in classified intelligence reports regarding their communication with Russian agents.

The report said Comey could testify as early as next week.

While Flynn has been a known target of congressional and Justice Department investigations into possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump presidential campaign, Cohen has only recently become a focus of the probe, for unknown reasons.

Trump made a similar claim in a tweet early Tuesday: "Russian officials must be laughing at the US & how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News".

There are subpoenas flying left and right out of the House's Intelligence Committee.

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"I declined the invitation to participate as the request was poorly phrased, overly broad and not capable of being answered", Cohen said.

The subpoenas seek information on requests from Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former CIA Director John Brennan and former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power, according to the Journal.

(L to R) Michael Flynn, special counsel to Donald Trump Michael Cohen, and Rick Perry in the lobby at Trump Tower, Dec. 12, 2016 in New York City.

The action to issue the unmasking subpoenas "would have been taken without the Minority's agreement".

Meanwhile, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey has been talking with Mueller about his intention to testify publicly - possibly as early as next week- before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his communications with the president. He said at the time that he had concerns about the way some people were dealt with in the intelligence reports.

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