Russian probe: Michael Flynn to provide documents to Senate by June 6
Jun 06 2017 by Desiree Burns
The Senate committee responded by voting to give its leaders, Republican Chairman Richard Burr and ranking Democrat Mark Warner, the power to issue subpoenas whenever they think it necessary.
Flynn's cooperation came as President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, rejected a request for documents as part of a House committee's separate probe into Russia's election meddling and contacts with the Trump campaign.
"As part of our ongoing investigation into Russian active measures during the 2016 campaign, today we approved subpoenas for several individuals for testimony, personal documents and business records", Reps.
"While we anticipate interviews to begin shortly, we have agreed that the pace of those interviews will be dictated by the needs of the investigation and not the preferences of outside parties", he said in a statement. The person says Flynn plans to produce documents by next week.
In response, the Senate panel narrowed the scope of its request and also issued subpoenas seeking records from Mr Flynn's businesses.
The subpoena for Cohen comes as the congressional investigations into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation advance beyond formal requests for information from Trump 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.
"I don't take much" from the subpoenas issued related to unmasking requests, Deitz said.
The Times reported that the peace plan was the work of Felix Sater, a business associate who has helped Trump try to find business in Russian Federation, and Cohen.
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Flynn was forced to resign when it was reported in February that he had spoken to the Russian ambassador about U.S. sanctions and then misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts.
In addition to the House Intelligence Committee, the Senate Intel Committee is also investigating whether Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election, and if anyone associated with Trump's campaign was part of that meddling.
A congressional probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election has expanded to include Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen.
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.
Flynn communicated with Russian officials while an adviser to President Trump's campaign and transition, and discussed US sanctions against the country with those contacts.
Dubke offered his resignation earlier this month, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told The Associated Press on Tuesday, but offered to stay on during the president's first foreign trip.
Democrats say Comey's dismissal was aimed at hindering the FBI's Russian Federation investigation, which has since been taken over by a special counsel, Robert Mueller, himself a former FBI director. The president later said in an interview on NBC News that he was concerned about the FBI investigation into what he called the "Russia thing".
New media reports containing generally vague and unsubstantiated allegations continue to emerge nearly on an hourly basis.