Subpoenas issued for two Trump figures in Congress Russia probe

The House Intelligence Committee has issued seven subpoenas in its probes into alleged Russian meddling in the presidential election and the unmasking of the names of Trump campaign officials in intelligence intercepts, according to multiple reports.

The former officials named in the subpoenas were Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power and former CIA Director John Brennan.

The aides maintain Nunes failed to consult with Democrats when he subpoenaed the CIA, FBI and the National Security Agency (NSA). "Any prior requests for information would have been undertaken without the minority's knowledge", said a senior Democratic committee aide.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, former owner of a problematic mullet, got himself in a bit of a mess in March after colluding with the White House to sidetrack his own committee's investigation into POTUS.

Pelosi said she's spoken a few times to Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanBusiness moguls can learn from Trump: Winners never quit, quitters never win Media groups call for congressional investigation of Gianforte over "body slam" Pelosi: Nunes violating recusal in Russian Federation probe MORE (R-Wis.) to voice her concerns about Nunes.

A spokeswoman for Senator Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the panel "welcomes the testimony of former Director Comey, but does not have an announcement to make at this time".

"If the reports are accurate", said a senior aide to a committee Democrat, "subpoenas related to the "unmasking" issue would have been sent by Chairman Nunes acting separately from the Committee's Russian Federation investigation".

The subpoenas comes a day after Cohen said that he would not cooperate with congressional investigators after several unofficial attempts by senators and congressmen to obtain his cooperation.

The subpoenas were expected to be delivered to retired Army General Michael Flynn, who was sacked as national security adviser by Trump in February, and the president's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, the sources said.

The Senate intelligence committee announced Comey's appearance, and a Comey associate said he had been cleared to testify by Robert Mueller, another former FBI director now overseeing that investigation as special counsel.

As the Russian Federation investigation has consumed Washington, congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump have repeatedly attempted to shift the focus to questions about "unmasking", charging that Obama administration officials intentionally revealed the names for political reasons.

Some reports claimed Nunes issued the subpoenas without consulting Democrats on the panel, but the aide said that was "absolutely false", and that they were consulted beforehand.

On Thursday, Schiff complained on both MSNBC and CNN that he was caught off guard by Nunes' three subpoenas.

The unmasking of the names of Trump transition officials in intercepted communications was the topic Nunes said he was looking into during one of his White House visits. That in itself would be a violation of the committee's rules, which give the chairman subpoena power but only "upon consultation with the ranking minority member or a full vote of the committee".

President Trump also tweeted about unmasking Thursday.

Of course, the fact that a subpoena demanding information is issued does not necessarily mean the information exists.

"I only learned about this late the night before, and that's a problem", Schiff told Mitchell.

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