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Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenas Michael Flynn for documents in Russia investigation

15 May, 2017, 00:52 | Author: Rickey Alvarado
  • Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenas Michael Flynn for documents in Russia investigation

Richard Burr, the Republican chairman, and Mark Warner, the Democratic vice chairman, issued a joint statement saying the panel chose to issue the subpoena after Mr Flynn, through his lawyer, declined to co-operate with an April 28 request to turn over the documents.

In announcing the subpoena, the Senate Intelligence Committee said that Flynn "declined, through counsel, to cooperate with the Committee's request", reports The Washington Post.

Mr Flynn's Russian Federation ties are also being scrutinised by the FBI as it conducts a similar investigation. In March, Mr Kelner requested immunity for Mr Flynn to testify in Congress, saying the media was filled with "unfounded allegations, outrageous claims of treason, and vicious innuendo directed against him".

Flynn was sacked by Trump after less than a month on the job.

Flynn, as the most senior of the four, became the focal point of concern about alleged Russian interference after it emerged he secretly discussed U.S. sanctions with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to Washington, in December.

He said former acting Attorney General Sally Yates also left him with the impression that it wasn't necessary to fire Flynn immediately, after he reportedly misled Vice President Mike Pence on his interactions with Russian representatives.

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The bipartisan move by the Senate Intelligence Committee to force Flynn to hand over all records - phone calls, emails, and other meetings - related to Russian Federation suggests that they are unfazed by Trump's power play to fire now-former FBI Director James Comey.

Former US National Security Advisor Michael Flynn (L) alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin at a dinner event celebrating Russian TV network RT's 10th anniversary in Moscow, Russia.

"My White House counsel, Don McGahn, came back to me and did not sound like an emergency", Trump said.

"This man (Flynn) has served for many years, he's a general, he's a - in my opinion - a very good person. It hasn't recovered from that", Trump had said of Comey in an NBC interview.

He emerged as a central figure into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation, and was accused of relaying misleading information to vice president Mike Pence.

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