Published: Thu, May 25, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

The House Intel Committee Is Planning to Subpoena Mike Flynn

The Senate Intelligence Committee accelerated its pursuit of Michael Flynn Tuesday, issuing two new subpoenas for his business records - and raising the specter of holding the former national security adviser in contempt of Congress if he continues to resist requests relating to the investigation into possible collusion between President Trump's campaign and the Russian government.

The Senate panel on Tuesday made a decision to issue two additional subpoenas to Flynn's businesses and sent the letter to his lawyer asking about the legal basis for his invoking his Fifth Amendment right over documents as opposed to testimony.

Burr and Warner announced they would subpoena documents from the two Flynn businesses they were aware of - Flynn Intel LLC and Flynn Intel Inc., both based in Alexandria, Virginia.

Burr and Warner said they received formal notification Monday that Flynn would neither consent to an interview nor comply with a committee subpoena for document production.

On April 28, the committee initially subpoenaed Flynn for documents relevant to the Committee's investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election but he refused to release them. "One is in the process of being served, and we keep all options on the table, but we think the committee has moved forward aggressively". "He declined. We are going to be subpoenaing him".

"We've been very specific in the documents now that we've requested from General Flynn", Burr said.

Trump's young administration has been dogged by concerns about its ties to Russia and questions over whether Trump associates may have cooperated with Russians as they sought to meddle in last year's election on Trump's behalf.

Other members of the Senate intelligence committee echoed the sentiment that Flynn was testing his limits by ignoring their requests.

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It has since been revealed the Mr Flynn received payment from Russian state media outlet RT for a speaking engagement in 2015, and was contracted by the Turkish government to aid in negotiations with the U.S. in 2016.

According to the Times, some Russians boasted about how well they knew Flynn, who was subsequently named Trump's national security adviser before being dismissed less than a month after the Republican took office. Trump fired FBI Director James Comey earlier this month, prompting reports that the president tried to steer Comey away from Flynn and the Russian Federation investigation. As Warner dryly observed, "a business does not have the right to take the Fifth".

"That's not something I think we would entertain until far later, if at all", Schiff said.

But the Democrat cautioned against talk of impeachment of President Trump which has been ricocheting around the left in recent weeks, saying it's important to gather the evidence first and see whether that's enough to convince the Republicans who control Congress that it's time.

Burr said the committee was still interested in taking Flynn's testimony.

As for Flynn's previous offer to spill his secrets in exchange for legal immunity, Schiff was deeply skeptical the House Intelligence Committee would entertain it.

While Flynn decides what, if anything, he'll provide to Congress, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said the Federal Bureau of Investigation will not be turning over memos and other materials that detail discussions between Comey and Trump.

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