Flynn hit with more subpoenas, may be held in contempt of Congress

Isaac Cain
May 25, 2017

The US Senate Intelligence Committee has also said it will subpoena two of the former security advisor's businesses, but this is related to a separate Russian Federation investigation.

Warner said the subpoenas to Flynn Intel LLC and Flynn Intel Inc. were being issued on the premise that companies can not similarly invoke the 5th Amendment right not to testify, as the former NSA chief did.

Warner said serving subpoenas on the two businesses was an attempt to get around Flynn's assertion of the Fifth Amendment.

"Mr. Comey wants to tell his side of the story and I'm glad he has chosen to do that with the Senate intelligence committee", Warner said. It also issued subpoenas seeking documents from two of Flynn's businesses- Flynn Intel Group Inc., a consulting firm owned by Flynn and his business partners, and Flynn Intel Group LLC, a company he used for other projects, such as his paid speeches.

Warner and Sen. Richard Burr, R. -N.C., the committee chairman, also sent a letter to Flynn's lawyer asking for the legal basis for Flynn's refusal to provide documents.

The announcement came a day after Flynn's lawyer notified the committee that Flynn would not appear and would not produce the documents, citing the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gives a person the right to avoid self-incrimination.

Warner said Tuesday that the committee was keeping "all options on the table". "There are court decisions that provide there may be a limited Fifth Amendment right in terms of document production, but it is only limited".

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Flynn, a retired Army general, refused a request to turn over the materials sought by the committee.

Burr added that if there is no response from Flynn, the committee may consider pursuing a contempt of Congress charge.

But reports surfaced that Trump during a meeting in February had told Comey, "I hope you can let this go", referring to the Russian Federation probe.

"Anybody who gets close to this investigation loses their job or ends up in a hard position", he said, before listing Flynn, Comey, fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The investigation focuses on whether Flynn and other Trump associates colluded with Russian Federation to boost the Republican candidate in the 2016 elections. "As valuable as Gen. Flynn might be to our counterintelligence investigation, we don't believe that it's our place today to offer him immunity from this committee", he added.

Schiff said the House panel had invited its first group of witnesses to testify, it is obtaining documents, and assessing who will cooperate voluntarily, and who will have to be subpoenaed.

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