Senate Intel chair: Michael Flynn has not responded to subpoena

Isaac Cain
May 20, 2017

Burr told reporters Thursday that Flynn's lawyer said Flynn would not comply with the subpoena, which the panel later corrected.

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

Update 5/18/17 1:55 pm: The Associated Press has now reported a correction of an earlier story, after a Senate Committee clarified that they had not received a response from Michael Flynn's legal team.

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.

Reuters reported that Flynn and other Trump campaign staffers were in contact with Russian officials at least 18 times during the last several months of the presidential campaign. Flynn resigned as President Donald Trump's national security adviser on February 13, 2017.

Despite the disclosure, Trump appointed Flynn as his national security adviser.

Ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn may not cooperate with the U.S. Senate's investigation into reputed Russian electoral interference, a top congressional Republican said Thursday. The subpoena reportedly covers a "large number of documents" relating to "his interactions with Russian officials".

Trump fired him 24 days later, and only after it became public that federal prosecutors had informed the White House not long after Trump's inauguration about Flynn's involvement with Russian Federation and suggested that he could subject to blackmail.

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Flynn's attorney Robert Kelner did not respond to phone messages and emails seeking comment.

On Feb. 13, Trump ordered Flynn to resign amid media reports that the national security adviser had lied to Pence about discussing USA sanctions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016.

Flynn is faced with mounting legal bills, and held a meeting with friends to try to spur more work for his lobbying firm.

On Thursday he called it "the single greatest witch hunt" in US history.

As a retired military officer, Flynn is prohibited under the emoluments clause of the Constitution from accepting payment from a foreign government without advance permission from both the secretary of State and the secretary of the Army. Typically, certifications against sitting executive branch officials have been made to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

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