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Subpoenas issued for Flynn's businesses; contempt charge remains an option, senators say

25 May 2017

After former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn refused to produce documents on supposed links to Russian interference with the USA presidential election, the Senate Intelligence Committee announced Tuesday it would subpoena two of Flynn's businesses.

Mark Warner, the chairman and vice chairman of the committee, made the announcement Tuesday afternoon, a day after Flynn's attorney said that the retired lieutenant general was refusing a subpoena and would invoke his Fifth Amendment rights.

The Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Flynn's personal documents on May 10, after he declined to cooperate with an April 28 request from the panel in relation to its investigation of Russian interference in the election and possible ties to Trump associates.

As Ed noted yesterday, Gen. Michael Flynn said he would plead the 5th Amendment rather than testify or deliver documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Burr added that the committee has sent a letter to Flynn's lawyer, Robert Kelner, questioning his assertion that Flynn can invoke the Fifth Amendment when it comes to producing documents.

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The attempts to compel Mr Flynn to produce documents were another sign of the intense focus on Mr Trump's former national security adviser, who was sacked in February after the White House said he misled administration officials, including vice president Mike Pence, about his contacts with Russian officials.

Warner said Tuesday that the committee was keeping "all options on the table".

Mr Brennan said he delivered a telephone warning to his Russian counterpart, the head of the FSB spy agency, against meddling in August a year ago, two months before usa intelligence chiefs went public with their belief that Russia was trying to manipulate the election in Mr Trump's favour. And the Washington Post reported earlier this week that Trump asked Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers to push back on the FBI's Russian Federation investigation. Marco Rubio - encouraged Flynn to comply.

Mr Flynn is also being investigated by the Department of Defense, after it was revealed that he received payments from Russian Federation and Turkey shortly after leaving the Pentagon.

According to the Times, some Russians boasted about how well they knew Flynn, who was subsequently named Trump's national security adviser before being dismissed less than a month after the Republican took office.

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"If there in fact is not a response, we will seek advice on how to proceed forward", Burr said.

Separately, ABC News reported that Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to Trump's presidential campaign, would testify June 6 before the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.

"We're not the appropriate avenue to offer immunity in a potential criminal investigation", he said.

One subpoena has been served and another is in the process of being served, the senators added.

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