Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Flynn lawyers say will not honor subpoena for Russia-related documents

Flynn lawyers say will not honor subpoena for Russia-related documents

The Senate Intelligence Committee is still negotiating with former national security adviser Michael Flynn to obtain documents for its counterterrorism investigation into Russian Federation and the us presidential election, congressional aides said on Thursday.

Asked about his opinion of the president now, Flynn reiterated his loyalty to Trump.

Flynn has not agreed to comply with May 10 subpoena for documents about his interactions with Russian officials.

Update 5/18/17 1:55 pm: The Associated Press has now reported a correction of an earlier story, after a Senate Committee clarified that they had not received a response from Michael Flynn's legal team. Burr later walked back his assertion in a statement.

'General Flynn's attorneys have not yet indicated their intentions regarding the Senate Intelligence Committee's subpoena, ' Republican Senator Richard Burr said in a statement on Thursday. A lawyer for Flynn did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Flynn is also the target of other congressional investigations as well as an ongoing FBI counterintelligence probe and a separate federal investigation in Virginia.

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Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, was sacked from his position as Trump's national security adviser in February.

Former acting attorney general Sally Yates, a Barack Obama appointee held over for the start of the new administration but fired by Trump, said under oath this month that she warned the White House that Flynn had been interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and that he could potentially be blackmailed by Russians over his misleading claims. In March, the committee rejected Flynn's request for immunity from prosecution.

2 U.S.C. § 192.makes it a misdemeanor to refuse to testify or produce documents. On Jan. 26, former deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told McGahn, who had transitioned into role of White House Counsel, that the DOJ possessed evidence that Flynn had not been forthcoming to Vice President Mike Pence about his communications with Russian officials.

McClatchy reported that Flynn blocked a plan conceived by former President Barack Obama's administration against the so-called Islamic State that Turkey's government opposed. Typically, certifications against sitting executive branch officials have been made to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

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