President Donald Trump on Thursday jumped into the fray over the latest subpoenas from the House Intelligence Committee in its Russia probe, tweeting that the "big story" is really
The tweet ostensibly is a continuation of Wednesday's efforts to cast the spotlight on former Trump aide Carter Page, who earlier this week sent another letter to the House Intelligence Committee demanding to testify so he could tell the world about illegal FISA warrants used against him to monitor his personal communications.
Hours after releasing a statement saying they'll call witnesses when they're ready to, the committee announced its first subpoenas — for former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.
Separately Wednesday, Intelligence committee Chairman Devin Nunes asked the agencies for details of any requests made by two top Obama administration aides and the former Central Intelligence Agency director to "unmask" Trump campaign advisers inadvertently picked up in top-secret foreign communications intercepts, according to congressional sources.
Another congressional source, who also requested anonymity, said Democrats were "informed and consulted" ahead of time, but committee aides said they were not told.
Nunes, in April, recused himself from leading the panel's investigation into suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election following a secret visit he paid to White House officials, but he retains subpoena power. A senior committee aide said Wednesday's subpoenas were not part of the Russia probe.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied leading efforts to interfere in last year's U.S. election.
Trump has denied any collusion between Russia and his campaign and has repeatedly questioned the U.S. intelligence finding that Putin led an operation that included computer hacking, fake news and propaganda intended to swing the election in his favor.
The House Intelligence Committee's investigation is just one of several congressional probes into Russia, along with one by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Also, the U.S. Department of Justice recently appointed a special counsel.
This report contains material from Reuters.
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