Flynn won't honor Senate subpoena after Trump told him to 'stay strong'
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 18:14
NY [U.S.], May 19:: Senate Intelligence Committeee Chairman Richard Burr has accused the former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, of not cooperating with the investigation into Russians meddling in the U.S. Presidential election.
Burr noted later Thursday, though, that it's possible Flynn has not yet definitively decided whether he will comply with the subpoena or not.
Flynn's decision comes less than two weeks after the committee issued a subpoena for Flynn's documents as part of its ongoing investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
"General Flynn's attorneys have not yet indicated their intentions regarding the Senate Intelligence Committee's subpoena", Burr said in the statement.
"My expectation would be with all of these stories about Gen. Flynn and challenges he faces I think it would be very appropriate that he comply", Warner said.
Kelner has not responded to multiple requests for comment about his client's plans.
Flynn has been under scrutiny from the Justice Department since at least November 30, when the department's Foreign Agent Registration Act unit sent him a letter questioning whether he needed to register as a foreign agent for lobbying work he performed for a Turkish businessman. Flynn, though his lawyer, had earlier asked for immunity from "unfair prosecution" in exchange for agreeing to cooperate with the committee.
The subpoena was widely seen as intensifyying the Senate's months-long investigation into alleged Russian meddling and was the first subpoena issued by the committee relating to the Russia investigation.
One person Flynn has reportedly kept talking to: Donald Trump. The move came after Flynn's lawyer refused to provide documents in response to their April 28 request for this information. The Intelligence Committee would have to vote whether to issue a citation for contempt, and if so, the full Senate would then vote on it.
House members leaving a briefing by the deputy attorney general on the probe of connections between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's presidential campaign say they're frustrated at not getting answers.
In the remarks, Rosenstein said he learned a day before Comey's firing that Trump wanted to dismiss him.