The House Intel Committee Is Planning to Subpoena Mike Flynn
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 7:47
Tuesday's letter narrowed the scope of the documents the panel is seeking. "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.
The committee issued a subpoena on May 10, requesting Flynn produce detailed information about any meetings he may have had with Russian officials as well as any communications the Trump campaign may have had "in any way related to Russia" during the election.
He said he doesn't know whether there was "collusion". "But I know there was a basis to have individuals pull those threads".
The news comes just two months after Sessions recused himself from a Justice Department investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign after it was revealed that he had two previously undisclosed encounters, last summer and fall, with the Russian ambassador.
Coats and Rogers declined the request, the Post reported.
Meanwhile, Page said Wednesday that details are still being worked out about his testimony before the House intelligence committee next month.
The two senators also addressed Flynn's argument that the committee's document request lacked specificity.
Page is one of several people associated with President Donald Trump's campaign who are being investigated by congressional committees and the Federal Bureau of Investigation over their ties to Russian Federation.
Panel Chairman Richard Burr said the committee sent a letter to Flynn's lawyer challenging the former adviser's contention that he can refuse to turn over documents by citing the Constitution's Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination.
"If in fact there's not a response, we'll seek additional counsel advice on how to proceed forward".
While Warner and Burr have indicated that holding Flynn in contempt is an option that remains on the table, others are not so sure. Everything but immunity, he added.
Meanwhile, The New York Times reported that USA intelligence services obtained information during the 2016 presidential election that showed senior Russian officials discussing how to influence Trump through his campaign advisers.
"General Flynn had a duty to be truthful in his security clearance renewal form and during his interview with security clearance investigators", Cummings wrote, noting that he's been in contact with the Justice Department and the newly appointed special counsel about his findings. He said the Russian official denied such interference but also said he would relay the concern to President Vladimir Putin. The New York Times report was the latest indication of the depth of concerns within the USA intelligence community about Russian efforts to tip November's election toward Trump as he battled Democrat Hillary Clinton. But if reports about what Mr Trump shared with the Russians are true, he said, it would be a violation of protocol.
Brennan, 61, who oversaw the spy agency from early 2013 until January, when Trump took office, said the contacts "raised questions in my mind, again, whether or not the Russians were able to gain the cooperation of those individuals".