Congress continues to play hardball.

Courtesy of Politico

The House Intelligence Committee has issued subpoenas for former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former deputy Trump campaign chairman Rick Gates, two of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s most important cooperators.

Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said the two men “refused to fully cooperate with Congress.”

The subpoenas demand that Flynn and Gates provide documents to the committee by June 26 and appear for sworn testimony on July 10. Flynn and Gates are both still cooperating with prosecutors on various criminal matters and have yet to be sentenced. Both pleaded guilty to crimes connected to Mueller’s probe.

Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to FBI agents when they interviewed him about his late 2016 contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the United States. Flynn admitted he initially misled investigators about whether the two men had discussed sanctions the outgoing Obama administration imposed for Russia’s interference in the election.

Gates, a longtime associate of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, admitted he lied to investigators in early 2018 and has been working with prosecutors since. His testimony helped reveal that Manafort had shared internal polling data with an associate who the FBI determined had links to Russian intelligence.

In Schiff’s letter, he suggested to Flynn that cooperating with Congress might help him when he is finally sentenced.

That’s a smart tactic.

I kind of wonder if this is not a workaround by the House Democrats to gain access to documents used in the Mueller report that they are having trouble obtaining from the DOJ?