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Justice Department subpoenas Michael Flynn associates on day Trump fires James Comey

13 May 2017

As CNN pointed out, the subpoenas are the first significant escalation of activity into the FBI's broader investigation into the ties between Donald Trump's presidential campaign associates and Russian Federation, an investigation that began last July. The individuals in question are reported to have worked with Flynn on private contracts in the period following his controversial tenure as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, which ended in 2014. Trump fired FBI Comey on Tuesday, allegedly hours after CNN found out about the subpoenas.

Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn seeking business records, as part of the ongoing probe of Russian meddling in last year's election, according to people familiar with the matter.

Trump fired Flynn in February after he misled Vice President Pence and White House officials about his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about USA sanctions on Russia before Trump took office.

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"[White House counsel Don] McGahn came back to me and did not sound like an emergency", Trump said of Yates' information about Flynn.

Before assuming office, Mr. Flynn discussed with the Russian ambassador in Washington the possibility of relaxing USA sanctions, according to leaked media reports of intelligence intercepts, but there is no official version of what transpired in those conversations.

Just days after the inauguration, moreover, Yates used those same NSA transcripts to try to get Flynn fired, by warning the White House that he was "vulnerable" to Russian extortion.

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Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general who was sacked in 2015 by the Obama administration, became a Trump loyalist during last year's campaign.

The Flynn inquiry is one piece of the broader investigation, which FBI Director James Comey testified in a Senate hearing last week is led jointly by the Alexandria US Attorney's Office and the Justice Department's National Security Division.

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Justice Department subpoenas Michael Flynn associates on day Trump fires James Comey