Subpoenas pile up for Michael Flynn's documents

The House of Representatives Intelligence Committee in the United States has revealed its intention to subpoena former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

Citing three current and former American officials, the Times said USA intelligence officials collected information last summer showing Russians zeroed in on Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, a former head of US military intelligence who was a key Trump campaign adviser.

The House committee's subpoenas "will be created to maximize our chance of getting the information that we need", Schiff told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

Flynn recently invoked his Fifth Amendment right to deny Senate subpoena requests related to its investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election. That panel on Tuesday issued a second round of subpoenas directed at two Alexandria, Va., companies associated with Flynn - Flynn Intel Inc. and Flynn Intel LLC.

The Senate Intelligence Committee originally subpoenaed Flynn's personal documents on May 10, after he declined to cooperate with its April 28 request in relation to the panel's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties to Trump associates.

The House is also issuing documents to compel the former Trump aide to comply, Schiff said.

Eventually, either a deal will be made or he will be found in contempt of Congress, but Mike Flynn is going to tell investigators what he knows, and when Flynn finally talks, or investigators get the information they need through other methods, it is going to be very bad news for Donald Trump.

The New York Times report was the latest indication of the depth of concerns within the US intelligence community about Russian efforts to tip November's election towards Trump as he battled Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Page said he expects to testify sometime during the week of June 6 and wants at least part of his testimony to be public.

As more details of the alleged Russian links to the Trump campaign spilled out he became a more central figure and admitted meeting Sergei Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, at the Republican convention.

"The Fifth Amendment right not to provide materials or documents is limited", Schiff said at a breakfast hosted by The Christian Science Monitor in Washington.

Flynn has become a target of probes being conducted in the House, Senate and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "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".

Before the April request, Flynn said through a statement from his lawyer that he wouldn't submit himself to questioning from the committee "without assurances against unfair prosecution".

"That's not something I think we would entertain until far later, if at all", Schiff said.

Schiff said the House Intelligence Committee's investigation was back on track after the committee's chairman, Republican Devin Nunes of California, stepped aside as a result of an ethics investigation.

Schiff said he's still interested in pursuing the information "either from him or from others" without a grant of immunity. The president's comments were in stark contrast to his harsh words during the 2016 campaign for people who received immunity or invoked the Fifth Amendment in the probe of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. "I hope you do", Trump said.

  • Leroy Wright