Trump, after House panel subpoenas, backs probing Obama administration

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The House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed the Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and National Security Agency Wednesday for documents related to suspicions that Obama officials unlawfully unmasked the names of Americans associated with then-candidate Trump during the presidential campaign.

On Wednesday, committee Chairman Devin Nunes asked the agencies for details of any requests made by two top Obama administration aides and the former CIA director to "unmask" Trump campaign advisers inadvertently picked up in top-secret foreign communications intercepts, according to congressional sources. Former FBI Director James Comey is all set to testify before a Congressional committee next week.

The other subpoenas were issued for Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, and Michael Cohen, the president's personal lawyer, as well as their businesses. In addition to being personally named, companies run by each of the men were also targeted by subpoenas, a senior congressional aide said. The Democrats are calling for an "independent investigation".

Ms. Rice in March admitted to seeking to unmask some of the redacted names, arguing that she considered that it was well within her job duties and in no way driven by political motivations to know which figures from the Trump campaign were being discussed.

Trump has denied any collusion between Russian Federation and his campaign and has repeatedly questioned the USA intelligence finding that Putin led an operation that included computer hacking, fake news and propaganda meant to swing the election in his favor over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

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. The party lost its senses after Trump was elected.

Barack Obama in 2014 made a large to-do about his reforms of USA surveillance programs to "protect the privacy" of Americans.