House Intel Committee Issues New Subpoenas

Wade Massey
June 5, 2017

Another senior committee aide said any subpoenas related to the unmasking issue would have been sent by committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation after being criticized for being too close to the White House.

According to USA intelligence agencies, the committee "requested five to six unmaskings of US organizations or individuals related to Trump or Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton between June 2016 and January 2017", The Washington Post reports.

Three others were issued to the FBI, CIA and the National Security Agency seeking information on requests that former Obama administration officials made to unmask the identities of Americans named in intelligence reports.

"That's the obvious motive", the aide said, adding that Nunes told the Democrats "super last minute" about his unmasking subpoenas. "This action would have been taken without the minority's (Democrats') agreement", said a senior committee aide, speaking on condition of anonymity. Nunes also issued three subpoenas to intelligence agencies for documents about former Obama administration officials who authorized the earlier unmasking, apparently without committee Democrats signing off on the subpoenas. On that score, it has previously been reported that the committee's chairman, Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), has reviewed intelligence reporting and detected instances of unmasking.

The requests to unmask the names of Trump associates underwent the same stringent evaluations that US privacy laws and intelligence regulations require for all such applications, and they produced nothing out of the ordinary, said the four officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The other four subpoenas issued by the House Intel Committee Wednesday were for former Trump National Security Adviser Mike Flynn and his company, Flynn Intel Group LLC, and for President Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and his firm, Michael D. Cohen & Associates.

The subpoenas require both Flynn and Cohen to testify before the committee, as well as turn over personal documents and business records.

The House intelligence committee approved subpoenas for two individuals as a part of the ongoing investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election: former national security adviser Michael Flynn and President Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen. This is not a separate matter from the Russian Federation story, and Mr. Nunes's recusal means he should keep his hands off it.

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Conaway replaced Nunes as the Republican leader of the committee probe after Nunes recused himself.

Putin has denied conducting such a campaign.

Trump has denied any collusion between Russian Federation and his campaign.

Comey, who was sacked less than four years into his 10-year term as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is expected to talk about his conversations with the president and the notes he took about those talks.

The retired Army general is the subject of congressional, Justice Department and Defense Department investigations into his apparent failure to disclose payments he received from Russian and Turkish entities.

Nunes' decision to send out subpoenas re-opened old wounds and allegations that he was coordinating with the White House to undercut the House Russia investigation. "But it all comes back to him, because this is his appointment".

Their identities are supposed to be "masked" or hidden in collection reports, unless an official requests that it be "unmasked" or revealed in order to understand the intelligence. "And he shouldn't be issuing separate subpoenas, attaching them to bipartisan subpoenas that were issued this week", Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol.

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