Senate chairman: Flynn has not responded to subpoena
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 21, 2017,
May 21, 2017, 11:57
The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, R-N.C., said today former national security adviser Mike Flynn's lawyers would not be honoring the committee's subpoena for documents related to Flynn's communications with Russian officials. Hours earlier, Burr said Flynn's lawyer said he wouldn't comply, "and that is not a surprise to the committee". Mark Warner, D-Va., announced in a statement released last Wednesday that the committee had subpoenaed Flynn for documents, and noted they made the initial request for the documents in late April.
'Consistent with the committee's position since the beginning of (our) investigation, I welcome their willingness to cooperate, ' Burr said in his two-sentence statement.
Ousted Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will not honor a subpoena issued by a Senate committee looking into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
The public commitment to testify comes after a tumultuous week and a half since President Trump dismissed Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director - a move that perplexed both committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.), who vowed to bring Comey before the committee nonetheless to testify as part of their probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, including potential ties between the Trump campaign and Kremlin officials.
On Feb. 13, Trump ordered Flynn to resign amid media reports that the national security adviser had lied to Pence about discussing US sanctions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016.
Despite the disclosure, Trump appointed Flynn as his national security adviser. Flynn, who had worked as Trump's national security adviser during the campaign and served in the White House for less than a month, has been at the center of the controversy.
If Flynn declines to comply with the subpoena, the intelligence committee could have little legal recourse.
That report followed another bombshell claim by the paper, which on Tuesday said that following Flynn's dismissal after just 24 days on the job, Trump personally pressed former FBI director James Comey to halt any FBI investigation. The U.S. has rebuffed those calls. As the AP reported in March, an attorney for Flynn told Trump's presidential transition team- including now-White House counsel Don McGahn - that Flynn might have to register as a foreign agent. RT has been branded a propaganda outlet by US intelligence officials.