Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Senate chairman: Flynn has not responded to subpoena

Senate chairman: Flynn has not responded to subpoena

Sen. Richard Burr (R., N.C.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Thursday that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has not yet told the committee how he will respond to its subpoena for documents related to Flynn's interactions with Russian Federation.

The chairman of the Senate intelligence committee says his panel has not received a response from Michael Flynn's lawyer — correcting his earlier statement that Flynn would not comply with a subpoena.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) spoke with reporters about the denial to hand over the documents on Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

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. "Consistent with the Committee's position since the beginning of or investigation, I welcome their willingness to cooperate".

Committee staff didn't explain the reason Burr misspoke.

Earlier on Thursday, the committee's Republican chairman, Sen.

Flynn's attorney Robert Kelner did not respond to phone messages and emails seeking comment. So far, he said, the panel has interviewed "well over 30 individuals".

The Intelligence Committee has been probing Russia's alleged meddling the 2016 election, including whether members of the Trump campaign had colluded with Russian officials to benefit their candidate.

How the Committee proceeds may depend both on how much cooperation it anticipates from the Department of Justice-which may depend in large part of whether the relevant official is Mueller or Rosenstein-and on its own calculation about the wisdom of forcing the issue given the newly appointed special counsel. Flynn is also the target of other congressional investigations as well as an ongoing FBI counterintelligence probe and a grand jury inquiry.

Former acting attorney general Sally Yates, a Barack Obama appointee held over for the start of the new administration but fired by Trump, said under oath this month that she warned the White House that Flynn had been interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and that he could potentially be blackmailed by Russians over his misleading claims.

Finally, the New York Times reported that Trump's administration was aware that Flynn was under investigation for working for Turkey's government, which he did not disclose at the time, and hired him as a national security adviser anyway. The subpoena reportedly covers a "large number of documents" relating to "his interactions with Russian officials". Page shared a copy of his letter with the AP.

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