Michael Flynn appeared to have lied to federal investigators, top Democrat says
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 10:08
Flynn snubbed the original subpoena on Monday.
Flynn, a former lieutenant general who was sacked as President Donald Trump's national security adviser for failing to reveal contacts he had with Russia's ambassador, refused on Monday to answer subpoenas from the Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russian ties to the Trump campaign and interference in the 2016 election.
"While we recognize General Flynn's constitutional right to invoke the Fifth Amendment, we are disappointed he has chosen to disregard the Committee's subpoena request for documents relevant and necessary to our investigation", Sens.
One subpoena has been served and another is in the process of being served, he added.
While Warner and Burr have indicated that holding Flynn in contempt is an option that remains on the table, others are not so sure.
Flynn's decision to decline to comply with the Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena was first reported by the Associated Press.
Brennan, who was President Barack Obama's Central Intelligence Agency director, said he couldn't say whether there was collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, an issue being investigated by congressional committees and now a federal special counsel.
The House intelligence panel, meanwhile, is requesting documents from former Trump campaign communications adviser Michael Caputo.
When Sen. Joseph McCarthy was on a hunt for communist sympathizers in the 1950s, his committee pushed the idea that any witness who refused to testify was a "Fifth Amendment Communist".
Coats told senators at a Senate hearing that it would be inappropriate to discuss private conversations he'd had with the president.
He said he had personally told a senior Russian security official that continued meddling would backfire and prevent any warming of relations after the election.
He says that last summer he was increasingly concerned that Russian officials were perhaps trying to enlist the cooperation of people in the Trump campaign.
"We have made the request", Warner said.
Trump appointed Flynn, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general and military intelligence chief, as his top national security aide in January, only to fire him less than a month later. Trump fired FBI Director James Comey earlier this month, prompting reports that the president tried to steer Comey away from Flynn and the Russian Federation investigation. They also said the Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel has created a legally unsafe environment for him to cooperate with the Senate panel's investigation. This type of information is typically shared in intelligence channels and not between the US president and foreign diplomats, Brennan said.
"The objective was to ensure that experts in key agencies had access to information and intelligence relevant to Russian actions so that we could have as full an appreciation as possible on the scope, nature, and intentions of this Russian activity", Brennan said. The FBI is also conducting a counterintelligence investigation into Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. Little noticed at the time, Vladimir Putin's guests that night included Flynn and future Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein-an odd couple who reflected the Russian president's efforts to court fringe figures on both the right and the left and otherwise meddle in U.S. politics.
He left his position at the WilmerHale law firm, whose clients include former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Trump's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner. Separately, he faces legal questions over failing to properly register as a foreign agent for lobbying he did past year for Turkey while advising Mr Donald Trump's campaign - also a felony.