Russian Federation investigation: US Congress issues subpoenas


Flynn's reported acquiescence comes less than a week after his attorneys said their client would not comply with the Committee's May 10 subpoena and just hours after President Donald Trump's personal business attorney Michael Cohen's wow of non-compliance with Congress was met with the issuance of a subpoena by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

On Tuesday, a person close to Flynn said he will turn over documents related to the two businesses as well as some personal documents the committee sought in the narrower request.

"We have reached out to the committee with several follow up questions", the attorney continued, "and we are awaiting their response in order to better understand what information they are seeking and whether Mr. Epshteyn is able to reasonably provide it".

This file handout photo taken on May 10, 2017 made available by the Russian Foreign Ministry shows US President Donald J. Trump (C) speaking with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and Russian Ambassador to the US, Sergei Kislyak during a meeting at the White House in Washington, DC.

Cohen told ABC News Tuesday that he had been asked by both the House and Senate intelligence committees to provide information and testimony about contacts he had with Russian officials.

The House intelligence committee has also sought information from Epshteyn, a former staffer in the Trump White House.

The retired US Army general had earlier refused to cooperate with a broader subpoena that included his personal documents, citing his constitutional right against self-incrimination. According to reports, three more focused on how Trump officials were "unmasked" in intelligence with their names uncovered, a pet peeve Trump has harped on for months, leading Democrats to cry foul. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare), had approved three subpoenas without their knowledge.

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There were seven subpoenas related to the investigation issued today in total: four on the Russian Federation probe and three related to unmasking requests. He has served as executive vice president of the Trump Organization and special counsel to Trump.

The House Intelligence Committee has issued seven subpoenas for information relating to the investigation into Russia's election meddling past year.

The Journal reported Power has not been previously named in the committee's investigation - "so her inclusion in the subpoenas may mean Republicans are broadening their areas of investigation".

Fresh off Trump's first official trip overseas, White House communications director Michael Dubke announced his resignation Tuesday in what many inside and outside the White House see as the first shoe to drop. Flynn's lobbying firm, Flynn Intel Group, was also subpoenaed, as was Cohen's firm, Michael D. Cohen & Associates.

On Tuesday, the president re-tweeted an article citing unnamed sources defending his son-in-law, Jared Kusher, who remains at the center of the FBI's investigation into Russian Federation.

A wider overhaul is expected, aimed at more aggressively responding to allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and revelations of possible ties between Trump's campaign and Moscow.

Cohen was quoted in the New York Times in February saying he gave the envelope containing the proposal to Flynn, but Cohen later denied delivering it to the White House.