U.S. intelligence committee to subpoena Flynn in Russian Federation probe
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 22:50
The US Senate Intelligence Committee has issued subpoenas to the businesses of ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Vice Chairman Mark Warner told reporters.
He said they are also seeking any documents or memos related to a Washington Post report that Trump asked Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, to publicly push back against the FBI investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.
Yesterday Flynn's lawyers said that the committee's subpoena was overly broad and that complying with them would "feed the escalating public frenzy against him".
This time, they are targeting his businesses, Flynn Intel LLC and Flynn Intel Inc., Committee Chairman Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) said on Tuesday.
Former CIA director John Brennan told the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that he became concerned past year that Russian Federation was trying to influence members of the Trump campaign. "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".
Flynn's legal team said he was rejecting the subpoena because the committee spurned his offer, made by the retired Army general in a May 8 letter, "to give a full account of the facts and to answer the committee's questions, should the circumstances permit, including assurances against unfair prosecution". "At the end of that option is a contempt charge, and I've said that everything is on the table". Former officials are allowed to reapply for security clearance, and it was during this process that Flynn "told investigators in February 2016 that he had received no income from foreign companies and had only "insubstantial contact" with foreign nationals", as reported by The New York Times. We'd like to see his documents.
Warner said in an interview with CNN's Dana Bash at the Peterson Fiscal Summit that he respected Flynn's decision to invoke his right against self-incrimination but said they will have news later Tuesday related to what comes next.
Former FBI director Robert Mueller was appointed last week to lead the FBI investigation following Mr Trump's firing of the law enforcement agency's director, James Comey. Trump associates Paul Manafort and Roger Stone have provided the committee with information, while former campaign adviser Carter Page has not.
This puts the former White House National Security Advisor in a rather desperate position, which is precisely the sort of dynamic that makes Trump World nervous.
One of those memos reportedly details Trump pressuring Comey to shut down the bureau's investigation into former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.