Senate Intelligence Committee issues two new Michael Flynn subpoenas
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 20:29
Schiff, a former prosecutor, said the Fifth Amendment does not protect Flynn from certain document and material requests and his committee will obtain what it needs 'from Mr. Flynn or his businesses in whatever means we need to'.
Warner said serving subpoenas on the two businesses was an attempt to get around Flynn's assertion of the Fifth Amendment. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the committee's chairman. "At the end of that option is a contempt charge, and I've said that everything is on the table", Burr said during a press briefing today.
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.
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.
Burr said a contempt citation could be a possibility down the road.
The committee sent a letter to Flynn's lawyer Tuesday addressing concerns that its original subpoena lacked specificity. "It's now going to be necessary to subpoena it - and if the general refuses, and does so without a legal basis, I think we do have to explore a use of contempt". "We would like him to tell his story because he publicly said: 'I've got a story to tell.' We're allowing him that opportunity to tell it".
There was also a report last week that suggested the president, ignoring the advice of counsel, recently reached out to Flynn directly, raising the specter of possible witness tampering. "We respect anybody's right to take the Fifth Amendment but I don't believe that a request for documents" such as calendars or visas would be granted blanket immunity would apply.
The Justice Department says Robert Mueller's work at a law firm that represented relatives and associates of President Donald Trump does not disqualify him from overseeing an FBI investigation into possible ties between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation.
Politico notes that Brennan's testimony is the "the most direct acknowledgment yet by a current or former USA official" that Russian Federation courted the Trump campaign in order to to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.
"We will be following up with subpoenas, and those subpoenas will be created to maximise our chance of getting the information that we need".
President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, two leaders with contrasting styles and differing worldviews, met at the Vatican on Wednesday, setting aside their previous clashes to broadcast a tone of peace for an audience around the globe.
The Post says both men deemed the request inappropriate and refused to comply.
The House Intelligence Committee subpoenas would be the first by the House panel targeting Flynn, who faces potential criminal charges for a number of actions, including failure to register as a foreign agent and failure to seek Pentagon permission to receive money for a Moscow speaking engagement.