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Senate Intelligence committee issues subpoena for Flynn

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A press release from Richard Burr and Mark Warner, the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee:

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today issued a subpoena for former National Security Advisor Lieutenant General Michael Flynn. The subpoena requests documents relevant to the Committee's investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 election. The Committee first requested these documents in an April 28, 2017 letter to Lieutenant General Flynn, but he declined, through counsel, to cooperate with the Committee's request.

Why it matters: Amid the turmoil at the FBI, Senate Intel is sending a clear signal that its Russia probe is moving forward. CNN reported last night that the FBI had issued subpoenas seeking business records from associates of Flynn's, so the ousted National Security Adviser appears to be at the center of both investigations, though he did not comply with the committee's earlier request.

Meanwhile the Daily Beast reports that President Trump wants to reach out to Flynn but has been warned repeatedly against doing so by White House lawyers.

A White House staffer said Trump, "clearly feels bad about how things went down" after Flynn was fired.

Axios' Jonathan Swan reported Sunday that White House aides were leaking constantly to try and get separation from Flynn, which upset Trump and led to a warning to stop bashing the former N.S.A in the media.

Mike Allen 4 hours ago
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A White House olive branch: no plan to fire Mueller

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After a weekend at war with the Mueller investigation, the White House is extending an olive branch. Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer handling the probe, plans to issue this statement:

“In response to media speculation and related questions being posed to the Administration, the White House yet again confirms that the President is not considering or discussing the firing of the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller.”

Why it matters: The White House strategy had been to cooperate with Mueller. So this is an effort to turn down the temperature after a weekend of increasingly personal provocations aimed at the special counsel.

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Trump's trade plan that would blow up the WTO

President Trump announces tariffs on steel and aluminum earlier this month, flanked by Steven Mnuchin, Wilbur Ross, Robert Lighthizer, and Peter Navarro. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

For months, President Donald Trump has been badgering his economic advisors to give him broad, unilateral authority to raise tariffs — a move that would all but break the World Trade Organization.

His favorite word: “reciprocal.” He’s always complaining to staff about the fact that the U.S. has much lower tariffs on some foreign goods than other countries have on the same American-made goods. The key example is cars: The European Union has a 10 percent tariff on all cars, including those manufactured in America, and China hits all foreign-made cars with 25 percent tariffs. But the U.S. only charges 2.5 percent for foreign cars we import.