Today they used that power to approve subpoenas for former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, as part of the panel’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the presidential election.
The panel is also issuing subpoenas to businesses owned by the two men.
Reps. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, and Adam Schiff, D-California, co-leaders of the House investigation, said today in a joint statement....
"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. We hope and expect that anyone called to testify or provide documents will comply with that request, so that we may gain all the information within the scope of our investigation. We will continue to pursue this investigation wherever the facts may lead,"
The subpoenas, which are said to have been expertly crafted to keep Flynn and Cohen from being able to invoke their 5th amendment rights, were issued after the committee had asked both men to come in and testify voluntarily but were met with dueling refusals.
The subpoenas to Flynn and Cohen were among seven issued by the House committee four of which were related to the Russia probe and three related to the issue of “unmasking”.
Those subpoenas regarding unmasking were issued by the now disgraced Republican Chairman Devin Nunes who is believed to be acting separately from the committee's Russia investigation and seen as an effort to distract from their true goals.
Nunes was famously forced to step down from his position as the ranking Republican Chairman on the committee after the embarrassing stunt he and Trump's White House pulled when he leaked information given to him from the Trump's White House back to Trump's White House while surrounded by reporters in the driveway of the White House!
Apparently Nunes still retains the ability to issue subpoenas.
Flynn and Cohen are part of a growing list of current and former Trump aides who have come under scrutiny from the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, which are exploring allegations of collusion between Donald Trump, his campaign and Moscow.