Subpoenas issued for Flynn's businesses; contempt charge remains an option, senators say
- Author: Arturo Norris May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 1:35
In a letter to the Senate committee on Monday, Flynn invoked his Fifth Amendment protection from self-incrimination in deflecting the panel's subpoena for a wide array of documents and information related to his contacts with Russians.
Solomon L. Wisenberg, a Washington defense lawyer who worked as a prosecutor during the Starr investigation of President Bill Clinton, said both of Flynn's corporate structures would likely have to turn over all business records sought by the committee. Virginia, "it's even more clear that a business does not have the right to take the Fifth if it's a corporation".
Warner, a Democrat, said that the subpoenas were issued Tuesday afternoon for Flynn Intel, LLC. and Flynn Intel, Inc., two Alexandria, Va. -based consulting firms that Flynn started after he left the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014.
"I hope Gen.Flynn decides to comply with our Intel Committee subpoena to produce business documents".
Flynn, who often warmed up the crowds at Trump campaign rallies, has been central to the Russian probe because of his contacts with Russians during and after the presidential campaign. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters Tuesday. "At the end of that option is a contempt charge". Mr. Burr said that such a step was unlikely. "That's not our preference today". "We'd like to see his documents".
"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. New worm spotted after "Wanna Cry" MORE (R-N.C.) on Tuesday said that "everything is on the table" should Flynn not respond to the new subpoenas, suggesting that Flynn could be held in contempt of Congress. "We'd like him to tell his story because he publicly said 'I've got a story to tell.' We're allowing him that opportunity to do 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.
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.
Flynn's attorneys argued that the Senate's request was too broad, and if Flynn were to comply, he could be confirming the existence of some documents and, in effect, providing testimony that could be used against him.
Flynn previously refused to appear before the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee to discuss the issue.