Under-fire Michael Flynn rejects Trump-Russia probe subpoena
- Author: Leroy Wright May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 9:27
In his remarks, Burr said that the committee would still like to hear from Flynn and to review his business documents related to the Russian Federation investigation.
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.
Meanwhile, senators said they wished Mr. Flynn would have complied with their subpoena. "Otherwise all options should be on table". This type of information is typically shared in intelligence channels and not between the USA president and foreign diplomats, Brennan said.
The panel's action came at the close of an intense day of testimony on Capitol Hill as former CIA Director John Brennan appeared before the House Intelligence Committee and Dan Coats, who is Trump's director of national intelligence, appeared before a Senate panel.
Flynn's failure to disclose foreign lobbying income and his attempt to mislead the Pentagon could spell further legal trouble for the disgraced former adviser, the Times reported. He said: "If the act of producing documents in response to a subpoena or other order would incriminate or exculpate an individual, then that person can invoke the Fifth Amendment privilege and decline to produce the material".
The retired lieutenant general is a key witness in the Russian Federation probe, which has roiled the first months of President Donald Trump's presidency with a spate of negative news reports. Trump's national security leadership has said repeatedly that Russian Federation is among the top threats because of its cyber capabilities.
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Flynn's move was "unfortunate but not unexpected" and the committee would gain information in other ways. Did he have inappropriate conversations with the Russians during the 2016 campaign? - a Senate contempt charge is fairly low.
Brennan was testifying Tuesday before the House intelligence committee about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Interactive: The many paths from Trump to Russia Flynn was back in the news last week following the revelation that former FBI Director James Comey wrote in a memo that Trump had asked Comey in a meeting to end his investigation into the former national security adviser. "Are you able to assist in this matter?' one official said of the line of questioning from the White House".
Brennan said he told the head of the FSB that if Russian Federation continued to interfere, it would backfire and prevent any warming of relations. Cummings wrote, "It is hard to understand how General Flynn could have believed that his dinner with Russian President Vladimir Putin was an 'insubstantial contact'".
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, center, arrives for a news conference with President Donald Trump and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Washington. USA officials have said the information originated with Israel.
Israel was reportedly the source of that sensitive intelligence. The FBI is also conducting a counterintelligence investigation into Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.