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House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The House Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates to turn over documents by June 26 and testify on July 10.

Why it matters: Flynn and Gates both struck guilty pleas with special counsel Robert Mueller and were key witnesses in his investigation. The two former top campaign aides are currently awaiting sentencing.

  • Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts in December 2017, recently fired his lawyers and hired Sidney Powell, a vocal critic of the Mueller investigation.
  • Gates was a longtime business partner of Paul Manafort, who is currently serving a 7-year prison sentence. During his cooperation with the special counsel, Gates famously revealed that Manafort had shared internal campaign polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik, a suspected Russian intelligence operative.

The big picture: Chairman Adam Schiff is actively seeking more information about the counterintelligence aspects of the Mueller investigation. He noted at a hearing Wednesday that the committee has not been informed about the status of a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, threatening to subpoena FBI director Christopher Wray if the bureau doesn't produce more information.

Statement from Chairman Adam Schiff:

As part of our oversight work, the House Intelligence Committee is continuing to examine the deep counterintelligence concerns raised in Special Counsel Mueller's report, and that requires speaking directly with the fact witnesses. Both Michael Flynn and Rick Gates were critical witnesses for Special Counsel Mueller's investigation, but so far have refused to cooperate fully with Congress.
That's simply unacceptable. The American people, and the Congress, deserve to hear directly from these two critical witnesses.

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Pentagon approves request for 100 National Guard troops for "Justice for J6" rally

Security fencing has been reinstalled around the Capitol. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has approved a request from Capitol Police to provide 100 D.C. National Guard troops in case law enforcement requires additional support at Saturday's "Justice for J6" rally at the Capitol.

Why it matters: Security preparations have ramped up ahead of the pro-Trump demonstration, where hundreds of protesters sympathetic to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack are expected to gather.

Biden threatens new sanctions against Ethiopian officials over Tigray conflict

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President Biden on Friday signed an executive order allowing the Treasury and State Departments to impose sanctions against Ethiopian officials "responsible for, or complicit in, prolonging the conflict" in the Tigray region.

Driving the news: Hundreds of thousands of people are facing famine conditions in Tigray, but less than 10 percent of the needed humanitarian supplies has reached the region over the last month "due to the obstruction of aid access" by the Ethiopian government, according to Biden administration officials.

Top general: Calls to China were "perfectly within the duties" of job

Gen. Mark Milley. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley told the Associated Press on Friday that calls with his Chinese counterpart during the final months of Donald Trump's presidency were "perfectly within the duties and responsibilities" of his job.

Why it matters: In his first public comments on the calls that have prompted critics to question whether the general went too far, Milley maintained that such conversations are "routine," per AP.