Flynn hit with more subpoenas, may be held in contempt
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 2:31
The Senate Intelligence Committee accelerated its pursuit of Michael Flynn Tuesday, issuing two new subpoenas for his business records - and raising the specter of holding the former national security adviser in contempt of Congress if he continues to resist requests relating to the investigation into possible collusion between President Trump's campaign and the Russian government.
Tuesday's subpoenas come amid an escalating dispute between Flynn and the panel after the former top national security aide to President Donald Trump refused to comply on Monday with a subpoena, invoking his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination.
They were also sending two new subpoenas specifically targeting Flynn's businesses, Flynn Intel LLC, and Flynn Intel Inc., both based in Virginia.
"While we disagree with Gen. Flynn's lawyer's interpretation of taking the Fifth ... it is even more clear that a business does not have a right to take [the] Fifth because it's a corporation". "At the end of that option is a contempt charge", Burr told reporters.
Burr said Flynn's denial of his request is nonsensical.
Asked by reporters why the committee didn't offer Flynn immunity from prosecution to get his testimony, Burr said, "we don't believe that it's our place" to do so in a potential criminal investigation.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr says the panel may consider a contempt-of-Congress charge if there is no response from Flynn.
"That's not our preference today". "We need to know what the President, the Vice President, White House Counsel, and other top officials knew about General Flynn-and when they knew it", Cummings wrote.
"So we are going to be entertaining the same options in terms of our subpoenas, which I hope will go out shortly to obtain these documents".
"I told Mr. Bortnikov that if Russian Federation had such a campaign underway, it would be certain to backfire", Brennan said.
The two senators also addressed Flynn's argument that the committee's document request lacked specificity.
The Kremlin denied that Moscow colluded with Trump associates to sway the November 8 election and called the accusations absurd.
He resigned as national security adviser weeks into the administration amid claims he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his talks with the Russian ambassador during the transition. "And what we're looking at now is to look at those contacts that Mr. Brennan spoke about and see what they were, how extensive they were and what they led to if anything", he said.
Meanwhile, Brennan is also likely to face questions about a split among intelligence leaders last summer over the objective of Russia's meddling in the USA election - whether it was created to support Trump or merely spur chaos and confusion in the election. Brennan says he told the head of the FSB that if Russian Federation continued to interfere, it would backfire and prevent any warming of relations.
Flynn's decision reflected the high legal stakes he faces as investigations intensify: a U.S. counterintelligence probe of Russian Federation, a federal investigation in Virginia and multiple congressional inquiries.
Senate investigators are trying to determine the extent of Flynn's contacts with Russian officials and businessmen in the run-up to Trump's inauguration.
In March, former White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn requested immunity through his attorney in exchange for testimony about the 2016 presidential campaign and Russia's role in the election.