Washington Congressman: Subpoenas Could Be Next In Russia Probe

Mar 20, 2017

A Washington congressman says the House Intelligence Committee may subpoena associates of President Donald Trump over ties to Russia. 

Democratic Rep. Denny Heck, who lives in Olympia, is the only Pacific Northwest representative on the committee. 

He said subpoenas of Trump associates  may be a "good next logical step" in a House Intelligence Committee probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. 

Heck spoke to reporters Monday after a five-hour hearing in which FBI Director James Comey confirmed his agency has a separate investigation into Trump's campaign.

"I think the imperative here is to get at the truth" of whether Trump associates coordinated with Russian officials in campaign-related computer hacking, Heck told reporters. 

He said he's interested in hearing from former national security advisor Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer, speaking to reporters Monday, downplayed the role those men had in the campaign. He called Flynn a "volunteer of the campaign" and said Manafort "played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time."

Spicer said "nothing has changed" as a result of Comey's testimony and pointed out the FBI director offered "no evidence of a Trump-Russia collusion."

Heck said the FBI "does not open investigations at random."

"It seems to me that what's self-evidently true here is that we either have a hundred coincidences or we have some coordination," he said. 

Heck, one of nine Democrats on the 22-member committee, said another hearing is scheduled for next week. He said former director of national intelligence James Clapper and former CIA Director John Brennan are scheduled to testify.