Senate panel chairman: Flynn won't honor subpoena

Alvin Kelly
May 19, 2017

The chairman of the Senate intelligence committee says his panel has not received a response from Michael Flynn's lawyer - correcting his earlier statement that Flynn would not comply with a subpoena.

ABC News has reached out to Flynn's legal team for comment. He has previously written about film for Bloody Disgusting, We Got This Covered, What Culture, and The Celebrity Cafe.

But isn't the whole point of a subpoena that is has to be honored? Will Flynn not be breaking the law if he refuses to comply with the Senate Intelligence Committee? By not honoring the subpoena, Flynn could potentially face a maximum of a year in jail and a $100,000 fine for contempt of Congress. There's simply too much red tape to ensure compliance.

The existence of the investigation was first confirmed by CNN, which reported that federal prosecutors recently sent grand jury subpoenas to Flynn associates and contractors who worked with his firm.

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Chafetz said the rationale is that within the executive branch, a president must be able to receive candid advice from his closest staff without any of them having to fear being called to testify in full. In February 2017, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz urged the Department of Justice to pursue charges against Pagliano, but no such charges have come. It was announced on Thursday that Chaffetz will leave Congress in June.

Though Flynn has left the Trump administration, the controversy surrounding him has not subsided as newly announced special counsel Robert Mueller, Congress and the FBI investigate potential collusion between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government. Nevertheless, doing so wouldn't guarantee immediate compliance, as it didn't with Pagliano. Flynn is also the target of other congressional investigations as well as an ongoing FBI counterintelligence probe and a separate federal investigation in Virginia. As for the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel in the Russian Federation probe, the President said, "I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt".

Flynn is separately being investigated by the Defense Department's inspector general.

In case you're anxious about the mental toll all of this legal pressure is taking on Flynn, don't worry. Weeks after his departure, Flynn acknowledged that he had been on the payroll of the Turkish government while serving as a top surrogate and adviser to Trump's campaign - even as the GOP standard-bearer accused his rival of making "pay-to-play" arrangements with foreign governments.

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