House panel will subpoena Flynn in Russian Federation probe
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 16:26
"I think it's safe to say that General Flynn and I didn't see eye-to eye", Christie said at a news conference in Trenton, New Jersey.
Congressional investigations have a longstanding history of coordinating with any simultaneous federal probes to avoid inadvertently damaging the Justice Department's ability to levy prosecutions in a given case.
According to the letter from Flynn's attorneys, the subpoena demanded "all communication records with any Russian official" and "a list of all meetings with any Russian official", among other documents.
In a statement, Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said Sessions met with hundreds, if not thousands, of foreign dignitaries while in the Senate.
With regard to former CIA Director John Brennan's shocking testimony Tuesday morning that he confronted a Russian counterpart about election meddling last summer, Warner said the committee is now looking into it.
CNN first reported the omission.
Mr Flynn, a retired general, is a key witness in the Russian Federation investigations because of his ties to Moscow. "If we have the president trying to interfere and ask ODNI Director Coats and Admiral Rogers to back off the Russian Federation investigation, that seems clearly a subject that Rogers and Coats would then owe the committee some explanation".
President Donald Trump's former national security adviser has invoked his Fifth Amendment rights in response to the committee's previous subpoena attempt.
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 US intelligence.
Trump himself walked back into the Russia controversy during his visit to Israel, volunteering that he "never mentioned the word or the name Israel" during his recent Oval Office conversation with top Russian diplomats.
However, Kelner said, Flynn would not produce the documents, saying that "even "truthful responses of an innocent witness" may provide the Government with evidence that could be used against the witness producing documents where the act of production itself is testimonial in nature". Others thought they could use Manafort's association with former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who led a pro-Russian political party, to their advantage, the Times reported.
In fact, a trip Flynn made to Moscow in December 2015, where he attended a gala dinner and sat next to Russian President Vladimir Putin, was paid for by Russia Today, which USA officials consider a state-run propaganda arm, according to documents previously released by the House Oversight Committee. He did not elaborate on what materials the committee was seeking.
Flynn was sacked from the White House in February after failing to reveal information about his discussions with Russia's ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak, and also misleading Mike Pence.
The White House has so far kept quiet about Flynn's move. "Those requests were denied", he said. They also said an "escalating public frenzy" against Flynn and the appointment of a special counsel had created a legally perilous environment for Flynn to provide the information. "At the end of that option is a contempt charge, and I've said that everything is on the table".
"A business does not have a right to take the Fifth if it's a corporation", Warner said.
The Senate panel responded to that letter Tuesday by issuing two new subpoenas for information from Flynn's companies, arguing, as vice chairman Sen.
The Senate intelligence committee also has issued subpoenas to Flynn to get him to cooperate. The former national security adviser will invoke his Fifth Amendment protection against se.