Published: Mon, May 22, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Flynn May Not Cooperate With Senate Subpoena

Flynn May Not Cooperate With Senate Subpoena

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Ousted Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will not honor a subpoena issued by a Senate committee looking into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The Senate's intelligence committee had asked Flynn - President Trump's former national security adviser - in April to turn over documents relevant to the committee's investigation into Trump campaign associates' connections to Russian Federation.

Nina Ginsberg, a veteran Washington defense attorney with extensive experience in national security cases, said that without an ironclad immunity deal from the committee, Flynn would be exposed to questioning from investigators about any personal documents he gave up. Burr says the panel's members are not surprised and says, "We'll figure out on Gen. Flynn what the next step, if any, is".

Senators slapped Flynn with a subpoena last week in their investigation into ties between President Donald Trump's campaign associates and Russian interference.

Amid Justice interest, Trump formally chose Flynn as his national security adviser.

"This was a problem because not only did we believe that the Russians knew this, but that they likely had proof of this information", Yates stated during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 8.

The Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller (MUHL'-ur) as a special counsel to lead a federal investigation into allegations that Donald Trump's campaign collaborated with Russian Federation to sway the 2016 election that put him in the White House.

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Mark Warner, D-Va., announced in a statement released last Wednesday that the committee had subpoenaed Flynn for documents, and noted they made the initial request for the documents in late April.

Flynn, the former national security adviser, was sacked in February for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the contents of a December phone call with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Flynn Intel was paid only $530,000 for the work, which ended in November after Trump's election victory.

Flynn's attorney Robert Kelner did not respond to phone messages and emails seeking comment. And despite the warning, Trump picked Flynn for the national security post.

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

Opening himself up to questioning from Senate investigations would be risky for Flynn given his current legal troubles. The process took years, however, and the judge ultimately declined to hold Holder in civil contempt - which would have resulted in fines being assessed against Holder. But he told reporters Thursday in Cyprus that he doesn't understand what the "secret" was, since the USA introduced a ban on laptops on airlines from some Middle Eastern countries two months ago.

Just as the Supreme Court has long recognized congressional subpoena power, so too has it upheld the enforcement power of contempt.

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