Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Senate chairman: Flynn has not responded to subpoena

Senate chairman: Flynn has not responded to subpoena

Correcting his earlier statement, the chairman of the Senate intelligence committee said Thursday that ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn hasn't responded to a subpoena from the panel in its probe of Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Richard Burr of North Carolina.

"General Flynn's attorneys have not yet indicated their intentions regarding the Senate Intelligence Committee's subpoena", Burr said in a statement.

The House Intelligence Committee also announced Thursday that it has requested documents from the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation related to Comey's dismissal and any conversations between Trump and the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Flynn's lawyer did not immediately return a request for comment.

The Senate committee reportedly is after documents in the retired lieutenant general's possession relating to Russian Federation.

On Wednesday, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to act as special counsel to lead an investigation into Russian election interference, a move the White House has been arguing against. President Trump brought him on anyway. As of last week, the committee had received two responses, according to Burr. Trump fired Flynn after he failed to inform Vice President Mike Pence about his Russian Federation contacts during the transition. Congressional Republicans did the former during the Obama administration when attorney general Eric Holder and the IRS' Lois Lerner refused to comply with issued subpoenas.

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The Senate Intelligence Committee's counterterrorism probe took on added significance after President Donald Trump dismissed FBI Director James Comey last week amid allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

Flynn's refusal would put him in contempt of Congress, a crime for which the former national security adviser could be jailed up to 12 months.

That same day, Flynn told friends, "I just got a message from the president to stay strong", Yahoo News reports. Flynn had previously worked for the Turkish government.

The communications had been intercepted by the USA intelligence community because they involved Russian officials, who are routinely monitored for national security concerns.

As a retired military officer, Flynn is prohibited under the emoluments clause of the Constitution from accepting payment from a foreign government without advance permission from both the secretary of State and the secretary of the Army.

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