House investigation issues seven more subpoenas in 2016 election probes

Michael Flynn, Trump's former national-security advisor, was among the four recipients of a Russia-related subpoena.
By Josh Curlee | Jun 02, 2017
The House Intelligence Committee issued seven subpoenas Wednesday related to its investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

Three of the subpoenas pertain to alleged improper "unmasking" of Trump campaign officials, and four are related directly to Russian activities during the campaign.

The first three subpoenas went to the CIA, FBI, and National Security Agency. Earlier this year, reports had emerged that the names of Trump associates had been printed and distributed in classified Obama administration reports during the transition period.

Michael Flynn, Trump's former national-security advisor, was among the four recipients of a Russia-related subpoena. The others were his company Flynn Intel Group LLC; Trump lawyer Michael Cohen; and Cohen's firm, Michael D. Cohen & Associates PC.

The House committee seeks testimony from the intelligence agencies to determine why the reports had not redacted the Trump transition-team names, which they usually do in order to protect the individuals' privacy. Intelligence officials may request that names be unmasked if it will clarify the person's value to intelligence, but House Republicans have accused the intelligence agents of unmasking the names out of a political motive to undermine the transition.

These accusations arose after Bloomberg View reported in April that Susan Rice, Obama's then-national security adviser, requested in an email at the time that at least one Trump transition team member be unmasked. House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) made a secret visit to the White House to view documents that he said revealed uncalled-for unmasking of transition team members. Nunes has since stepped down from the probe, and Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) has taken over in his place.

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