Flynn Not to Honor US Senate Intel Committee Subpoena for Docs - Senator
- Author: Leroy Wright May 19, 2017,
May 19, 2017, 22:48
Though Flynn has left the Trump administration, the controversy surrounding him has not subsided as newly announced special counsel Robert Mueller, Congress and the FBI investigate potential collusion between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government.
Flynn was ousted earlier this year from his senior administration job.
The senators also want details on any financial assets or real estate holding tied to Russia and a broader list of meetings between any Trump campaign aides and Russians.
Nina Ginsberg, a veteran Washington defense attorney with extensive experience in national security cases, said that without an ironclad immunity deal from the committee, Flynn would be exposed to questioning from investigators about any personal documents he gave up.
A lawyer for fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has informed the Senate Intelligence Committee he will not honor its subpoena for private documents. The House did this anticipating the Justice Department's refusal to prosecute Holder in 2012, only to have a federal judge turn them down as well.
USA stocks rose as upbeat economic data emboldened investors to return to the market on Thursday, a day after Wall Street saw its worst selloff in eight months on worries that the political turmoil could sideline Trump initiatives such as tax cuts that investors see as favoring economic growth.
The existence of the investigation was first confirmed by CNN, which reported that federal prosecutors recently sent grand jury subpoenas to Flynn associates and contractors who worked with his firm.
Asked about his opinion of the president now, Flynn reiterated his loyalty to Trump. Trump later deleted and retweeted that statement to correct the spelling of "counsel".
Trump " s Twitter comments Wednesday night after the announcement of Mueller's appointment said "a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity".
Flynn's lawyers have claimed that he briefed the Defense Intelligence Agency "extensively" both before and after the 2015 trip. That inquiry is looking into whether Flynn was fully forthcoming about his foreign contacts and earnings from organizations linked to the governments of Russian Federation and Turkey.
"Michael Flynn has not cooperated with the committee up to this point", Burr said, adding, however, that he has not received a "definitive answer" on whether Flynn and his lawyers will comply. RT has been branded a propaganda outlet by US intelligence officials. The response, in a word, is heartening.