Monday, 11 December, 2017

Flynn and Trump lawyer subpoenaed over Russia investigation

Derrick Tucker | 02 June, 2017, 10:47

James Comey, the former FBI director who was sacked by President Trump last month, is expected to tell a Senate committee that the president asked him to back off the investigation into Mike Flynn, a source told The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will hand over some documents to a Senate committee investigating potential Russian interference in the 2016 us presidential election, a source close to Flynn told ABC News.

Attorneys for Flynn's team sent the committee a written response Tuesday indicating that Flynn would begin providing records in response to subpoenas by June 6, the deadline to start turning over such information.

"I don't take much" from the subpoenas issued related to unmasking requests, Deitz said. "We will continue to pursue this investigation wherever the facts may lead", they added.

The latest committee action shows that lawmakers have not given up their own Russian Federation investigations despite a separate FBI probe led by former FBI director Robert Mueller, who was appointed as special counsel by Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein on May 17.

Flynn was required to indicate by Tuesday whether he meant to comply with the records request.

The subpoenas were issued for two companies Flynn owns, Flynn Intel Group Inc. and Flynn Intel Group LLC. The three didn't personally receive subpoenas, the people familiar with the matte said.

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The animal was not put down after her family said Ms McClay "would not have wanted it harmed" and it eventually died in 2016. Rosa was declared dead at the zoo, Cambridgeshire Police later confirmed, in what has been dubbed a "freak accident".

In May, the committee took testimony from former Central Intelligence Agency director Brennan, who said that he had become concerned during the election campaign by the contacts between Trump associates and the Russians and shared the information with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

It's specifically concerned with three Obama officials: former national security adviser Susan Rice, former CIA Director John Brennan and former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power.

The panel is investigating Russian efforts to influence the USA election, as well as leaks of classified information and reports that identities of Trump associates captured in spy intercepts may have been improperly unmasked. The House Intelligence Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee are the dominant committees leading the congressional probes.

After the 2016 presidential campaign, Cohen left the Trump Organisation to become the president's personal lawyer, a post he still occupies. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said the committee "welcomes the testimony of former director Comey" but declined to comment further.

"The identities of U.S. persons may be released under two circumstances: 1) the identity is needed to make sense of the intercept; 2) if a crime is involved in the conversation", said Robert Deitz, a former senior counselor to the CIA director and former general counsel at the National Security Agency.

Cohen's name surfaced past year in an unsubstantiated dossier prepared by a former British intelligence agent, alleging that the lawyer attended a meeting in Prague to discuss Russia's targeting of Democrats for hacking operations.

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