Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

Senate intel chairman: No decision from Flynn on honoring subpoena

Senate intel chairman: No decision from Flynn on honoring subpoena

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.

Burr told reporters Thursday about the response from Flynn's lawyer.

The House Intelligence Committee also announced Thursday that it has requested documents from the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation related to Comey's dismissal and any conversations between Trump and the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

If Flynn does refuse to comply with the subpoena, the Committee has two basic choices: let it go or pursue contempt remedies against Flynn.

Former Defense Intelligence Agency Director retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, incoming White House national security adviser, speaks at the U.S. Institute of Peace "2017 Passing the Baton" conference in Washington, U.S., January 10, 2017.

The demand is for documents related to the committee's investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election. President Trump brought him on anyway.

Flynn's refusal would put him in contempt of Congress, a crime for which the former national security adviser could be jailed up to 12 months.

Earlier Thursday, Reuters news agency cited unnamed current and former usa officials as saying that Trump election campaign advisers allegedly "were in contact with Russian officials" during "the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race". Flynn's attorneys had said in the past that he might not turn over requested documents.

But The New York Times reported Wednesday that Flynn told Trump's transition team that his Turkish connection was under federal investigation. But he told reporters Thursday in Cyprus that he doesn't understand what the "secret" was, since the US introduced a ban on laptops on airlines from some Middle Eastern countries two months ago. That's according to the panel's chairman, Republican Sen. Yet he still emerged as the newly sworn-in president's national security adviser.

Flynn was ousted in February for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with the Russian ambassador. Things are then passed over to the USA attorney for the District of Columbia, who would be the one to pursue a case.

Meanwhile, Speaker of House Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, worked hard at a news conference Thursday to demonstrate that the Russia-gate hubbub was not preventing Congress from pushing forward on other fronts. That inquiry is looking into whether Flynn was fully forthcoming about his foreign contacts and earnings from organizations linked to the governments of Russian Federation and Turkey.

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