Michael Flynn Gets Another Chance From Intelligence Committee
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 22:11
WASHINGTON-The Senate Intelligence Committee issued two new subpoenas to business entities controlled by Mike Flynn, in an escalation of the legal showdown with President Donald Trump's former national security adviser over his cooperation with the panel's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Warner said in an interview with CNN's Dana Bash at the Peterson Fiscal Summit that he respected Flynn's decision to invoke his right against self-incrimination but said they will have news later Tuesday related to what comes next.
The letter the committee sent to Flynn's lawyers would also address claims by the lawyers that the committee's document requests lacked specificity, Burr said.
The Oversight Committee obtained a report of investigation dated March 14, 2016, showing that General Flynn told security-clearance investigators that he was paid by "US companies" when he traveled to Moscow in December 2015 to dine at a gala with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mr Cummings said in the letter. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, and Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, said all options are on the table. The lawmakers said they did not believe the businesses could invoke the 5th Amendment.
Hours later, Elijah Cummings, senior Democrat on the House oversight committee, cited what he said were inconsistencies in Mr Flynn's disclosures to USA investigators in early 2016 during his security clearance review.
Dan Coats, the current USA director of national intelligence, declined to comment Tuesday on a Washington Post report that said the president had asked him to publicly deny any collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign. Before becoming Trump's national security adviser, Flynn ran a consulting firm called the Flynn Intel Group.
Another alternative might be for the senators to refer Flynn's refusal to the Justice Department for possible prosecution on charges of criminal contempt. "He is the target on almost a daily basis of outrageous allegations, often attributed to anonymous sources in Congress or elsewhere in the United States Government, which, however fanciful on their face and unsubstantiated by evidence, feed the escalating public frenzy against him".
Michael Flynn, the former United States national security adviser who was abruptly fired by President Trump in February, misled Pentagon investigators about his ties to Russian Federation, according to a letter published Monday by a congressional oversight committee.
"We'd like to hear from Gen. Flynn", he said. "If you're innocent, why do you take the Fifth Amendment?"
The decision is part of the investigation into whether Russian Federation was involved in the U.S. election, according to Reuters.
Flynn is also being investigated over whether he was fully forthcoming about his foreign contacts and earnings from organizations linked to the governments of Russian Federation and Turkey.
"You see the mob taking the Fifth", Trump said.