The president’s former National Security adviser, Michael Flynn, is expected to turn over business records and other personal documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee by next week, CBS News has learned.
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has agreed to turn over information to a Senate panel looking into possible meddling by Russian Federation in the 2016 election, according to sources.
Cohen could face a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee, similar to what Flynn received.
Mr Cohen told ABC News he had been asked by both the House and Senate intelligence committees to provide information and evidence about contacts he had with Russian officials.
Organizations associated with Flynn and Cohen – Flynn Intel Group LLC and Cohen & Associates – were issued subpoenas as investigators believe business entities are not afforded Fifth Amendment protections.
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. According to The Hill, one subpoena seeks information about Susan Rice, President Obama’s former national security adviser, and activities related to documents that included the names of members of the Trump campaign.
Trump has been dismissive of probes by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and several congressional panels.
Interviewed later on the “PBS NewsHour” program, he said there might be a “benign” explanation for Kushner’s proposal for a backchannel with Russian Federation, but added, “One wonders if there might be something more nefarious”. Trump has denied any wrongdoing. Cohen earlier rejected a House intelligence committee request for information. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare), had approved three subpoenas without their knowledge.
The source said that all the documents from the two subpoenas to the businesses will be provided.
“If the reports are accurate, subpoenas related to the “unmasking” issue would have been sent by Nunes acting separately from the committee’s Russian Federation investigation”, said a senior aide on the committee.
The “unmasking” issue has been raised by the White House and by Trump supporters that the investigation has been politically motivated.
‘The context in which the Committee has called for General Flynn’s testimonial production of documents makes clear that he has more than a reasonable apprehension that any testimony he provides could be used against him, ‘ his lawyer Robert Kelner argued.
In most cases, the identities of USA citizens picked up in such surveillance are supposed to be kept confidential in intelligence reports.
They seek all the names that were unmasked in the classified reports.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump was meeting Tuesday with two contenders to lead the agency: former Transportation Security Administration head John Pistole and Chris Wray, a former top Justice Department official who has served as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s personal lawyer.
The diplomat’s calls were recorded as part of routine USA intelligence monitoring of ranking foreign officials, and the Justice Department warned the White House that Flynn could be blackmailed for his statements about those contacts.