House Intelligence Committee issues subpoenas in Russian Federation investigation

Claudine Rigal
Juin 1, 2017

But a senior committee aide said he could not confirm that those subpoenas had been issued, and he added that if they had been, it was not with the agreement of the Democratic members of the panel or as part of the committee's Russian Federation probe.

Trump fired Flynn in February amid questions about whether he inappropriately talked about USA sanctions against Russia with a Russian official and then misled then-Vice President-elect Pence about those talks. Nunes recused himself from the probe after his political blunder of sharing intelligence with President Donald Trump before his committee members.

But the others are requests for three intelligence agencies and concern their Obama-era activities.

UPDATE: Fox News' James Rosen reports that Samantha Power, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and former CIA Director John Brennan were given subpoenas as well. Mike Conaway and Adam Schiff, the top committee Republican and Democrat overseeing the House investigation, said in a joint statement. "Any prior requests for information would have been undertaken without the minority's knowledge".

Several U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that all such requests by Obama administration officials were properly scrutinized and appropriate.

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.

Earlier in the year, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) stepped back from the probe after making a clandestine trip to the White House to view documents he says revealed inappropriate unmasking of transition team officials. Those claims were widely dismissed, on both sides of the aisle. He said at the time that he had concerns about the way some people were dealt with in the intelligence reports. Officials only "unmask" the identities of Americans for certain reasons - for example, if the name of a person is needed to understand the intelligence being provided.

After news of Rice's request broke, she denied accusations that she had leaked the names of unmasked Trump officials to media outlets.

Trump has called the Russian Federation probe a witch hunt and denied any wrongdoing.

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