Mike Flynn's lawyers will not honor subpoena, Senate Intel chair says

A lawyer for fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has informed the Senate Intelligence Committee he will not honor its subpoena for private documents.

Senator Richard Burr told reporters Flynn's refusal came from his lawyer, and that lawmakers would figure out "what the next step, if any, is", according to AP.

"General Flynn's attorneys have not yet indicated their intentions regarding the Senate Intelligence Committee's subpoena", Burr's spokesperson said.

Burr's statement was a complete reversal from his comments earlier on Thursday, when he said that Flynn's lawyers told the committee the retired Army general "would not honor" the subpoena. Flynn resigned as President Donald Trump's national security adviser on February 13, 2017.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is mocking USA news reports suggesting President Donald Trump shared sensitive intelligence with him about terror threats involving laptops on airplanes.

McClatchy reported that Flynn blocked a plan conceived by former President Barack Obama's administration against the so-called Islamic State that Turkey's government opposed. Flynn's attorneys had said in the past that he might not turn over requested documents.

The communications had been intercepted by the USA intelligence community because they involved Russian officials, who are routinely monitored for national security concerns.

On Tuesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the No. 2 Justice Department official, named former FBI Director Robert Mueller to also investigate allegations of ties between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

In addition to Flynn, the committee is also zeroing on former Trump camaign aide Carter Page, who has also expressed an unwillingness to cooperate. In March, the committee rejected Flynn's request for immunity from prosecution.

The Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller (MUHL'-ur) as a special counsel to lead a federal investigation into allegations that Donald Trump's campaign collaborated with Russian Federation to sway the 2016 election that put him in the White House.

The Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller (MUHL'-ur) as a special counsel to lead a federal investigation into allegations that Donald Trump's campaign collaborated with Russian Federation to sway the 2016 election that put him in the White House.

"The criminal contempt process takes forever - you vote [for] it and then it goes to the USA attorney and he has to decide what to do with it", senior counsel Stanley Brand of the Akin Gump firm told Politico. Trump fired Comey last week and admitted that the bureau's Russian Federation probe was on his mind when he did so.

  • Leroy Wright