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Senate panel chairman: Flynn won't honor subpoena

20 May 2017

SSCI Chairman Richard Burr said former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will not honor a subpoena issued by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence last week.

When Flynn's lawyer, Robert Kelner, said Flynn would not be turning over the documents, the committee did what any good committee would do: It issued a congressional subpoena for the documents. Burr told reporters Thursday that Flynn's lawyer informed the panel he will not abide by a subpoena for private documents.

Flynn's lawyer did not immediately return a request for comment. On Jan. 26, former deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told McGahn, who had transitioned into role of White House Counsel, that the DOJ possessed evidence that Flynn had not been forthcoming to Vice President Mike Pence about his communications with Russian officials.

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"General Flynn's attorneys have not yet indicated their intentions regarding the Senate Intelligence Committee's subpoena", Burr said in the statement.

The committee said it sent a letter requesting material from the FBI and Justice Department related to its ongoing counterintelligence investigation. President Trump brought him on anyway. That's according to the panel's chairman, Republican Sen. Comey apparently kept memos of his interactions with top officials and he reportedly wrote that during a conversation with Trump in February, the president said of the Flynn investigation, "I hope you can let this go." .

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". And that only could happen if the Senate voted to hold Flynn in contempt and forward the matter to the US Attorney's Office for prosecution.

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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.

Amid Justice interest, Trump formally chose Flynn as his national security adviser.

Flynn has been under scrutiny from the Justice Department since at least November 30, when the department's Foreign Agent Registration Act unit sent him a letter questioning whether he needed to register as a foreign agent for lobbying work he performed for a Turkish businessman. Before Trump's inauguration, Flynn had told the transition team that he was under federal investigation for secretly lobbying for the Turkish government during the campaign, according to The New York Times. Washington was abuzz with speculation Thursday about his role, driven by a McClatchy report that as a Trump adviser Flynn had rejected an Obama administration Syria war plan that was opposed by Turkey, whose interests Flynn later acknowledged he'd been paid to represent. The U.S. has rebuffed those calls.

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