Former National Security Adviser Has Not Responded To Subpoena
May 20 2017 by Joanne Wise
U.S. President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn will not honor the Senate Intelligence Committee's subpoena seeking documents, the Associated Press reported on Thursday, citing the panel's Republican chairman. "General Flynn's attorneys have not yet indicated their intentions regarding the Senate Intelligence Committee's subpoena", he said.
Burr noted later Thursday, though, that it's possible Flynn has not yet definitively decided whether he will comply with the subpoena or not.
Flynn, through counsel, denied an initial request by the Senate to review any such documents in an April 28 letter, Reuters reported.
Emails, text messages, letters, phone records and information about financial and real estate holdings associated with Russian Federation were among the information requested by the committee.
A lawyer for fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has informed the Senate Intelligence Committee he will not honor its subpoena for private documents.
Burr added that the committee, which is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election, would be evaluating its next steps.
Trump fired him 24 days later, and only after it became public that federal prosecutors had informed the White House not long after Trump's inauguration about Flynn's involvement with Russian Federation and suggested that he could subject to blackmail. As of last week, the committee had received two responses, according to Burr.
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That same day, Flynn told friends, "I just got a message from the president to stay strong", Yahoo News reports.
Flynn, who served as a key adviser to Trump during his presidential campaign and transition and ended up in a top White House post, albeit briefly, has become a key figure in the probe into Russia's role in the election and whether it colluded with Trump's campaign.
"General Flynn has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit", said Flynn's lawyer, Robert Kelner.
In April, the committee sent a series of requests to several former President Trump associates asking for records on any dealings with Russian Federation - a request Flynn's lawyers declined to cooperate with through counsel, sparking the subpoena.
Flynn was ousted following reports that he misled Pence and others when he denied discussing sanctions in a phone conversation with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak before Trump's inauguration.
Amid Justice interest, Trump formally chose Flynn as his national security adviser.
On Thursday he called it "the single greatest witch hunt" in USA history. In 2014, the House voted 231-187 to hold former IRS commissioner Lois Lerner in contempt for refusing to cooperate with the investigation into the agency's targeting of conservative groups.