Flynn to provide some documents under subpoena to Senate intelligence panel

Frederick Owens
June 14, 2017

Among them is one-time Trump campaign surrogate, Boris Epshteyn, and Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

Shortly before leaving office, former President Barack Obama imposed additional sanctions on Russian Federation after receiving information from the intelligence community suggesting the country tried to sabotage Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Representative Elijah Cummings, the senior Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said last week that Flynn may have lied in his application for a security clearance by saying that his paid speech at a Moscow gala for a Russian TV network in 2015 had been "funded by USA companies". "I declined the invitation (by the Senate and House Intelligence panels) to participate as the request was poorly phrased, overly broad and not capable of being answered". "I find it irresponsible and improper that the request sent to me was leaked by those working on the committee".

He told CNN he would comply if he is subpoenaed to testify, but said there was no evidence to "corroborate the Russian narrative". The aide later retracted the statement.

Mr Cohen said he turned down a request for information from the House intelligence committee looking into the Russian interference.

Cohen joins the list of former and current Trump associates identified in the investigation, including Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former foreign policy adviser Carter Page, informal adviser Roger Stone and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner. The Russian government denied any knowledge of such a plan.

Flynn's representatives told the Senate Intelligence Committee in an email on Tuesday that they would start handing over some subpoenaed documents.

The source, who requested anonymity to discuss sensitive matters, confirmed details first published by The Associated Press Tuesday, and said Flynn would turn over personal documents, as well as specific business records.

Flynn's change of heart reveals a belated understanding of the limits of pleading the Fifth - legal scholars explain that while he can protect himself by refusing to testify, he has no protection in terms of producing documents.

The narrowed request focuses more closely on documents that the committee believes exist. It also issued subpoenas seeking records from Flynn's businesses. In that role, Flynn was reportedly paid more than $500,000, but failed to register as a foreign agent with the Justice Department.

The diplomat's calls were recorded as part of routine US 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. Nunes canceled a public session that had been set for March 28 to hear testimony from fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates about her January warning that Flynn was lying about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

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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. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the top Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, said last week of Trump's apparently spur-of-the-moment decision.

President Donald Trump will focus on America's trade deficit with Vietnam when he meets Wednesday with the nation's prime minister, stepping up engagement with a region shaken by US withdrawal from a regional trade pact negotiated by his predecessor.

Cohen previously served as as executive vice president of the Trump Organization.

Presidents are in fact legally empowered to classify and declassify information at their discretion.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has been making the rounds of news programs to stoke up suspicions about Trump administration dealings with Moscow.

The White House is preparing to establish a "war room" to combat mounting questions about ties between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign, a scandal that has threatened to consume his young presidency.

"Well let me ask you about this - so you say it's not a shake-up, but you guys are down", Keilar said.

Heinrich, joined by Sens. His last day has not yet been determined.

"The identities of USA 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. That claim was supported by Trump.

But reports of an evolving White House strategy to establish a self-contained "war room" in the West Wing indicate a very real determination to contain the damage of a steady stream of media reports on the Russian Federation investigations and allow the administration to get on with the business of governing.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the allegations of Moscow meddling in the United States presidential election are "fiction" invented by the Democrats in order to explain their loss.

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