Senate Goes After Flynn's Businesses After He Snubs Subpoena

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, says in an interview on CNN that the Federal Bureau of Investigation sent his committee's staff a two-sentence email saying it would not be turning over the materials now that the Justice Department has appointed a special counsel. The U.S. Justice Department announced last week that former FBI Director Robert Mueller had been appointed special counsel to lead an independent probe of the matter.

The House Intelligence Committee will subpoena former Trump adviser Michael Flynn after he refused to cooperate with the panel's investigation into Trump campaign ties with Russian Federation.

That's according to The New York Times, which cites three current and former American officials.

He has denied any involvement in Russian attempts to influence the election but it is known he had dealings in Russia and was identified by the Russians as a person to cultivate.

Burr said Tuesday that "all options are on the table" if Flynn doesn't comply - including possibly holding him in contempt of Congress - but he added that was a long way off from where they are now.

Schiff also said that the first round of responses from witnesses to testify before his committee have been coming in this week. He says he wants at least part of his testimony to be public. FBI investigators are also examining Flynn's Russian contacts as part of their sprawling probe of the Kremlin's campaign to interfere in the 2016 election.

The former Central Intelligence Agency director warned that he does not believe the Russians are done trying to interfere in America's elections and could try to influence the 2018 congressional elections. Moscow has repeatedly denied the allegations and Trump denies any collusion.

Brennan said that if these reports are true, Trump violated two intelligence protocols.

The controversy has engulfed Trump's young administration since he fired FBI Director James Comey two weeks ago amid the agency's investigation of possible Russian Federation ties.

Meanwhile, a Senate committee has issued two additional subpoenas to businesses of ousted Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, one of several key figures in the Russia-Trump campaign probe, and sent a letter to his lawyer questioning his basis for claiming a Fifth Amendment right not to provide documents. He made those comments during a breakfast with reporters sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the top Democrat on the committee, identified the businesses as Flynn Intel Group LLC and Flynn Intel Group Inc., both based in Alexandria, Va.

As the investigation into whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia to interfere with the 2016 presidential election has gained traction, some have speculated Trump might have worked with the Russians without knowing it.

The reason all this matters so much: Flynn's role appears to be increasingly at the center of efforts by Trump and the White House to slow the FBI investigation.

"As valuable as Gen. Flynn might be to our counterintelligence investigation, we don't believe that it's our place today to offer him immunity from this committee", Burr added.

  • Salvatore Jensen