The Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed two of Michael Flynn's businesses
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 1:38
Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina and Mark Warner of Virginia say they are disappointed that Flynn has chose to ignore the committee's subpoena. "It's even more clear that a business does not have a right to take the Fifth", Warner said.
Burr and Warner said they received formal notification Monday that Flynn would neither consent to an interview nor comply with a committee subpoena for document production.
The Senate Intelligence Committee has now crafted two new subpoenas to get around that argument, targeting a limited liability corporation and a separately registered company both under the name Flynn Intel Group.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former CIA Director John Brennan told Congress Tuesday he personally warned Russia last summer against interfering in the USA presidential election and was so concerned about Russian contacts with people involved in Donald Trump's campaign that he convened top counterintelligence officials to focus on it.
In his remarks, Burr said that the committee would still like to hear from Flynn and to review his business documents related to the Russian Federation investigation.
Even the phrase - "taking the Fifth" - evokes some powerful associations, as Flynn's former boss, Donald Trump, noted in a speech last September 28 in Iowa.
"You see the mob taking the Fifth", Trump said. Among the possibilities, the senators acknowledged, was to hold Flynn in contempt of Congress, a criminal charge, if he continued down the path of refusing compliance.
"We'll leave that up to the committees, but he should comply and there will be consequences if he doesn't", the minority leader said.
Burr also told reporters that the committee will not give Flynn immunity because the committee does not believe it's the place of the committee to offer it. Flynn, in the letter released Monday, had also asked to be protected from unreasonable prosecution in exchange for his testimony.
The committee is looking into several options for how to compel Flynn to tell what he knows about his own communications with foreign governments and other such contacts within the Trump campaign.
"I told Mr. Bortnikov that if Russian Federation had such a campaign underway, it would be certain to backfire", Brennan said.
That document had asked him to provide a wide array of records regarding his contacts with Russians and Russian business interests.
In response, the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday sent a letter narrowing its request for documents.
"We have made the request", Warner said.
Mr. Trump has denied that he or his campaign coordinated with any foreign entity, and Russian Federation has denied meddling in the election.
But immunity is not on the table. Flynn has since been implicated in offering misleading answers about his Russian Federation contacts to the Pentagon when he applied to renew his security clearance a year ago and could face charges for failing to file as a foreign agent after accepting more than $500,000 for representing Turkish interests.
US officials have said the information originated with Israel.