Trump, after House panel subpoenas, backs probing Obama administration

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) has not fully recused himself from the committee's Russian Federation probe.

Nunes stepped aside from the Russian Federation investigation in early April after bypassing his fellow committee members the month before to brief Trump and the press on classified intelligence that he said showed Trump and his transition team had been "incidentally" surveilled after the election.

Ed Markey, a Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told CNN: "Nunes is too close to the Trump White House". The subpoenas ask the CIA, FBI and NSA to provide information about requests to "unmask" redacted names of US persons in intelligence reports.

"While Mr. Conaway leads the Russian Federation investigation, Mr. Nunes remains the Chairman of the Intel Committee and has the right and responsibility to conduct oversight of the intelligence community", she told CBS News in a statement, "especially as it relates to the potential misuse of intelligence agencies against Americans".

Named in the subpoenas were former national security adviser Susan Rice, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power and former CIA Director John Brennan.

The House Intelligence Committee asked intelligence agencies to reveal the redacted names of US people and organizations in classified intelligence reports about Russian interference in the 2016 election 5 or 6 times a year ago, according to the Post, citing current and former officials.

Democrats on the panel - who had been calling for Nunes' recusal - have broadly praised Conaway's leadership of the probe.

"Chairman Nunes has offered to step aside as the lead Republican on this particular probe, and I fully support his decision", Ryan said at the time.

The Senate Intelligence committee has issued similar subpoenas for Flynn's business and personal documents.

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But Nunes' spokesman told the Post that "it is standard operating procedure for the House Intelligence Committee to forward all committee members' questions from both parties to the appropriate agencies, whether or not they are answered".

The House Intelligence Committee's investigation is just one of several congressional probes into Russian Federation, along with one by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Nunes has since accused Obama officials of improperly "unmasking" Trump associates who were caught up in conversations involving individuals under surveillance.

Conaway replaced Nunes as the Republican leader of the committee probe after Nunes recused himself.

Nunes responded on Twitter, saying: "Seeing a lot of fake news from media elites and others who have no interest in violations of Americans' civil liberties via unmaskings".

The Senate investigation continues providing a sharp contrast to the House's efforts. The president's claim was refuted by former FBI Director James Comey in congressional testimony before Trump fired him last month.

Democrats on the committee largely oppose these subpoenas because they believe the intelligence agencies have been cooperative. The GOP staffer, who was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly and spoke only on condition of anonymity, said the chairman has the authority to sign off on subpoenas and that all the committee rules were followed.

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