Comey OK'd to testify; House committee issues subpoenas

Marsha Scott
June 2, 2017

The aide argued that "temporarily stepping aside" and "recusing" are two entirely different things, and noted that Nunes still has an important job to fill as chairman of the House intelligence committee, including investigating any "unmasking" - the revealing of U.S. nationals swept up in routine surveillance of foreign officials - in intelligence reports.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House intelligence committee says it is issuing subpoenas for Michael Flynn and Michael Cohen — President Donald Trump's former national security adviser and his personal lawyer — as well as their businesses as part of its investigation into Russian activities during last year's election.

Nunes made the comments while introducing conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza at the fundraising dinner, held just one day after he stepped away from leading the House Select Intelligence Committee's probe.

Also on Thursday, Democratic members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees announced they had sent a letter to Kushner Companies, requesting more information about its use of the EB-5 visa program and about its continued ties to former company head, top Trump aide and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

The Comey associate, who wasn't authorized to discuss details of the testimony and spoke on condition of anonymity, declined to discuss the content of Comey's planned testimony.

"Commitments to recuse himself have not been fully honored", Adam Schiff said in an interview with MSNBC. A senior committee aide said Wednesday's subpoenas were not part of the Russian Federation test.

Americans' names picked up in foreign communications intercepts must be concealed unless senior officials request them to be disclosed for intelligence or law enforcement purposes. Any such requests undergo rigorous legal reviews, and US officials have said all such requests under Obama, a Democrat, were conducted properly.

Nunes' subpoenas were not cited in a bipartisan House Intelligence Committee announcement Wednesday that the panel approved subpoenas in connection with the Russian Federation probe for Trump's first national security advisor, Michael Flynn, and Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied leading efforts to interfere in last year's US election, and on Thursday said some Russians might have acted on their own but not with their government's involvement. Last week, the Senate intelligence committee voted to give broad subpoena power to the two leaders of their investigation, Sen.

At a Wednesday briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said inquiries about the Russian Federation investigation must be directed to Trump's longtime personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz.

Meanwhile, Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin sounded similar tones as they criticized the ongoing USA scrutiny of Russia's attempts to sway the presidential election.

Cohen was a fierce defender of Trump during the campaign, often haranguing probing reporters and famously challenging a CNN reporter live on-air to name the specific polls that showed then-candidate Trump behind his rival, Hillary Clinton.

Also Wednesday, a Justice Department official confirmed that Mueller had named a top Justice Department official to his team.

The Maryland and NY compounds were seized under the Obama administration in December as part of a larger action over what the former president said was Russian involvement in hacking political groups in the November 8 USA presidential election.

Trump earlier Tuesday tweeted that Russian election meddling is "a lame excuse for why Dems lost the election" in 2016.

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