House intelligence committee to subpoena former Trump advisor Michael Flynn
- Author: Arturo Norris May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 13:00
After refusing to comply with a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee last week and pleading the Fifth Amendment Monday, Flynn's business was slapped with two more subpoenas demanding documents be turned over. Flynn has since been implicated in offering misleading answers about his Russian Federation contacts to the Pentagon when he applied to renew his security clearance a year ago and could face charges for failing to file as a foreign agent after accepting more than $500,000 for representing Turkish interests.
The special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, is overseeing an investigation into Russia's meddling in the election and whether there was any collusion with Trump associates. Prior said Sessions' staff consulted with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and others familiar with the disclosure process, and was told not to list those meetings connected to his Senate job.
USA president Donald Trump met Pope Francis, the pontiff with whom he has publicly clashed, concluding his tour of the ancestral homes of the world's three largest monotheistic religions.
Flynn earlier in the week rebuffed a subpoena for documents from the Senate panel, citing his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
"Anybody who gets close to this investigation loses their job or ends up in a hard position", he said, before listing Flynn, Comey, fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
At Wednesday's event, Schiff also said that the House Intelligence Committee is trying to obtain audio recordings of President Trump's private meetings in the White House, if such recordings exist, with an eye toward substantiating reports that he asked former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey to end the Russian Federation probe.
A new report says USA intelligence services obtained information during the 2016 presidential election that showed senior Russian officials discussing how to influence Donald Trump through his campaign advisers.
On Tuesday, former CIA Director John Brennan testified to the House intelligence panel that he had noticed enough contact between Trump associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign to justify an investigation by the FBI.
The committee has tried another way to receive the documents by issuing two subpoenas for two of Flynn's former businesses.
Schiff also said his committee is taking steps to try to obtain any recordings of conversations between President Trump and former FBI Director James Comey.
The House intelligence committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and any links to the Trump campaign will subpoena former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to reports on Wednesday.
Citing three current and former American officials, the Times said US intelligence officials collected information last summer showing Russians zeroed in on Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, a former head of USA military intelligence who was a key Trump campaign adviser.
In response, Burr and Warner said the committee has been reviewing a range of options to compel Flynn to release the documents.
Trump, now on a nine-day global trip, has had his own conversations with the Russians questioned in light of reports that he shared extremely classified intelligence with Russian diplomats in the Oval Office on May 10.
A contempt charge is still a possibility. ABC News said Page himself told it about the scheduled testimony.