The House intelligence committee said Wednesday it is issuing subpoenas for President Trump's ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn and Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, as well as their businesses, as part of its investigation into Russian activities during last year's election. The subpoenas were part of seven total issued by the panel Wednesday; the other three relate to the alleged politically motivated unmasking of Trump campaign officials in intelligence reports, the Wall Street Journal reports. The subpoenas—the first the committee has issued on the subject, per CNN—were announced as the special counsel overseeing the government's investigation into possible Trump campaign ties to Russia has approved former FBI Director James Comey to testify before the Senate intelligence committee, according to a Comey associate.
At a Wednesday briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer said inquiries about the Russia investigation must be directed to Trump's longtime personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz. It marked the first time the White House had officially acknowledged that outside counsel had been retained. Calls and emails to Kasowitz's New York firm were not immediately returned Wednesday. Congress is currently out of session. It resumes next Tuesday. No date for Comey's testimony has been set, the AP reports. The Senate Intelligence Committee also has a Russia probe underway, and the panel has already subpoenaed Flynn. (Read more Michael Flynn stories.)