Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Flynn rejects subpoena; Democrats say he lied


Burr said Tuesday that "all options are on the table" if Flynn doesn't comply - including possibly holding him in contempt of Congress - but he added that was a long way off from where they are now.

Flynn's decision not to cooperate now does not fully close the door on future cooperation with the committee.

His decision to invoke his Fifth Amendment right puts him at risk of being held in contempt of Congress, which can also result in a criminal charge.

That document had asked him to provide a wide array of records regarding his contacts with Russians and Russian business interests.

Flynn's attorneys wrote a letter to the Senate intelligence committee that seems to claim the move is justified not because he's guilty but because he's anxious about being prosecuted anyway amid the "escalating public frenzy against him".

The committee wanted Flynn to produce any records of conversations he had with Russian officials between June 16, 2015, and January 20, 2017, and to compile a list of any contacts he had with Russian officials. Flynn has refused to hand over that information.

Flynn has offered "to give a full account", his attorneys wrote in Monday's letter, but only if he receives "assurances against unfair prosecution" - in other words, immunity.

The actions, announced by Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Virginia Sen.

Republicans on the committee pushed Brennan about whether there was evidence of collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, a point President Donald Trump has tried to enlist allies to quash.

Mr Trump injected a fresh impetus into the Senate investigation after he himself met the Russian ambassador and foreign minister in the White House earlier this month, only a day after firing the director of the FBI.

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Brennan was President Barack Obama's Central Intelligence Agency director.

The FBI and congressional committees are investigating such contacts.

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He says that if someone tracks WikiLeaks' releases over time, it's clear that they are often timed to coincide with certain events or to undermine national security.

Flynn's own defensive crouch revealed the high legal stakes he faces as investigations intensify: a USA counterintelligence probe of Russian Federation, a criminal investigation involving him and multiple congressional probes. The political shaping of intelligence "would not be appropriate", Coats said.

Trump himself walked back into the Russian Federation controversy during his visit to Israel after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, standing beside him, was asked Monday if he had any concerns about intelligence sharing with the U.S.

A group of Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee has voted against confirming a high-ranking Treasury Department official. The senators did not say what to what those documents relate. 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 past year and could face charges for failing to file as a foreign agent after accepting more than $500,000 for representing Turkish interests.

In Sunday show appearances, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers said they will press Comey in hearings as to whether he ever felt that Trump tried to interfere with his Federal Bureau of Investigation work. He said at a September Iowa rally: "So there are five people taking the Fifth Amendment, like you see on the mob, right?" Brennan said the CIA focuses on intelligence, not "evidence", and he was not able to answer that question.

Israel was reportedly the source of that sensitive intelligence. Those inquiries are looking into whether anyone close to Trump helped Russian Federation interfere in the USA election to hurt Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and ultimately help Trump, and whether any crimes were committed.

Cummings said he found it hard to understand how Flynn could have characterized his dinner with Putin as "insubstantial contact".

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