Senate Hits Michael Flynn With Two New Subpoenas
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 23:50
President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination Monday in rebuffing a subpoena in the investigation into Russia's election meddling.
Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, said the panel "would explore whatever compulsory process that we would need to use", to compel information from Flynn, including subpoenas and, if those are rejected, the option of citing Flynn for contempt.
James Duane, a professor at Regent University School of Law in Virginia, said invoking the Fifth isn't a sign of guilt or innocence but rather an indication that the person understands the risks that can come with testifying, even for someone who is innocent.
The two Flynn businesses that will be issued subpoenas, according to Warner, were Flynn Intel, LLC and Flynn Intel, Inc.
The House Intelligence Committee will subpoena former Trump adviser Michael Flynn after he refused to cooperate with the panel's investigation into Trump campaign ties with Russian Federation.
"The end of that option is a contempt charge", Burr said.
Flynn downplayed his dinner with Putin during his security check, telling investigators that during his foreign trips he "had only unsubstantial contact with foreign nationals".
"A business does not have a right to take the Fifth", Sen. Burr (R-North Carolina) said at a joint press conference at Warner's side. Burr left open the possibility that they could hold Flynn in contempt if he would not comply with their demands. But the Oversight Committee released detailed email and payment records months ago showing that the source of Flynn's payment of more than $33,000 was RT, the Russian state-sponsored television network that has been labeled a propaganda network by USA intelligence.
"We'll leave that up to the committees, but he should comply and there will be consequences if he doesn't", the minority leader said.
Dan Coats, the current US 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.
As Congress hears from top intelligence officials who reportedly said "no" when he asked them to publicly back him in the Russian Federation investigation.
And asked whether the committee is considering granting Flynn immunity, Burr ruled out the idea. Now the committee may act to try to force the issue, a senior Democratic aide tells me. "I didn't think that he was someone who would bring benefit to the President or to the administration, and I made that very clear to candidate Trump, and I made it very clear to President-elect Trump".
Warner, a Virginia Democrat, also told Bash that if reports that Trump asked top intelligence officials to publicly deny evidence of cooperation between his campaign and Russian Federation are true, Trump's requests would be "outrageous".
Schiff said the congressional investigations were vital because the FBI's probe wouldn't be public beyond possible indictments.