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US House Intelligence Panel Subpoenas Ex-Trump Advisers Michael Flynn, Rick Gates
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50976"><span class="small">Makini Brice and Karen Freifeld, Reuters</span></a>   
Thursday, 13 June 2019 13:07

Excerpt: "The U.S. House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee has issued subpoenas against former White House adviser Michael Flynn and President Donald Trump's former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates, the panel said in a statement on Thursday."

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn exits a vehicle as he arrives for his sentencing hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington, December 18, 2018. (photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn exits a vehicle as he arrives for his sentencing hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington, December 18, 2018. (photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)


US House Intelligence Panel Subpoenas Ex-Trump Advisers Michael Flynn, Rick Gates

By Makini Brice and Karen Freifeld, Reuters

13 June 19

 

he U.S. House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee has issued subpoenas against former White House adviser Michael Flynn and President Donald Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates, the panel said in a statement on Thursday.

In a letter accompanying the subpoena, the panel’s Democratic chairman, Adam Schiff, demanded that Flynn and Gates, who have both pleaded guilty to charges related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, provide documents by June 26 and to testify before the committee on July 10.

The committee, which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, said it had issued the subpoenas after Flynn and Gates declined to cooperate fully with Congress.

The move adds a new layer to a battle between the White House and congressional Democrats, who control the House of Representatives.

House Democrats are pursuing several congressional investigations of the Trump campaign, the White House and Trump’s businesses. But the White House has vowed to stonewall all of the congressional investigations and has ignored official congressional demands and requests for testimony.

On Wednesday, Trump asserted executive privilege over documents related to his administration’s push to add a citizenship question to the census.

Traditionally, presidents have cited executive privilege to block other branches of government from obtaining certain internal information from the White House.

Later that day, a House committee voted to hold two Trump administration officials in contempt for defying congressional subpoenas.

The Trump administration has also asserted executive privilege to prevent lawmakers from obtaining the unredacted Mueller report.

Mueller’s investigation ended earlier this year, with Mueller saying there was not enough evidence to conclude the Trump campaign had conspired with Russia during the election. He declined to decide whether Trump had obstructed justice.

Both Flynn and Gates pleaded guilty to charges stemming from Mueller’s probe and initially cooperated with federal prosecutors. Flynn appears to have recently changed his legal strategy, firing his lawyers and hiring a new attorney who has been critical of Mueller’s investigation.

On Thursday, Trump praised Flynn and his new lawyer on Twitter, saying: “General Michael Flynn, the 33 year war hero who has served with distinction, has not retained a good lawyer, he has retained a GREAT LAWYER, Sidney Powell. Best Wishes and Good Luck to them both!”

Powell’s office declined to comment. Gates’ lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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-4 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-13 13:52
Well, this is good news. Most of the people indicted by Mueller have been under gag orders so they have not talked about what they know. I'm not sure how these two will get around the gag order, but I think they should talk openly and publicly. Transparency is the best remedy for corruption.

Maybe Adam Schiff will do some good, after all. I hope he subpoenas Manafort, Page, Papadopolus, along with the co-conspirators on the Clinton side -- Steele, Simpson, Winer, Browder, and more.

Let's get it all out.
 
 
+1 # DongiC 2019-06-14 03:00
Putting the sleazy Michael Flynn under a congressional microscope should reveal all kinds of bacteria harmful to a democracy and all kinds of evidence helpful to a conviction in an impeachment proceeding. Go to it Representative Schiff.
 
 
+2 # joyster 2019-06-14 10:05
The Dems need to actually take action and make something happen. Without real, live, first-hand witnesses they won’t get any traction and will keep getting out-maneuvered and stonewalled by the admin. Witnesses seen and heard on the prime time media by the general public are the only way to win traction with them - the 400+ p Mueller Report isn’t reaching them at all ...
 
 
0 # RLF 2019-06-15 05:40
I agree. If congress does nothing but go to court...meaning we'll see the witness in 7 years or so...then all of this is nothing but political eyewash. Trump is willing to go the extra mile...it's too bad no Democrats are!
 
 
-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-14 12:54
Caitlin Johnson has a wonderful article on propaganda on ConsortiumNews that launches this truth:



"As I never tire of saying, the real underlying currency in our world is not gold, nor bureaucratic fiat, nor even raw military might. The real underlying currency of our world is narrative, and the ability to control it."


In the whole Russia Probe, the narrative has been controlled by Mueller. All the others have been gagged by court order. Now that Papadopoulos has finished his sentence and can no longer be touched by Meuller, he is telling his story. It is very important to listen to his side of the events. Jerome Corsi figured out how to out-wit Mueller and has told his story.

If congress can give all the "usual suspects" the chance to tell their stories, it will be a great service to the nation. Maybe a "me too" movement will emerge among the victims of FBI/DOJ frame ups. Everyone wanted to hear the stories of woman who were victims of sexual assault. We need the stories of all people assaulted in our society. We need to put a stop to all assaults. The "perps" need to be named and publicly shamed.