US House intelligence committee Democrat says panel to subpoena Flynn

Frederick Owens
May 25, 2017

Former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page says he will testify next month before the House intelligence committee as part of its probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

It's fair to assume Schumer is primarily interested in creating a TV spectacle which might benefit Democrats in 2018, but it sounds as if Republican Chairman Richard Burr isn't ruling out the possibility of holding Flynn in contempt if he doesn't respond to the latest subpoenas.

"While we disagree with General Flynn's lawyer's interpretation of taking the Fifth, it is even more clear that a business does not have a right to take the Fifth if it's a corporation", Warner said.

Burr's statement came after the ranking Democrat on the committee, Sen.

On CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer", Schiff said the House committee would mirror its Senate counterpart by issuing more specific subpoenas that Flynn would have a harder time avoiding with the protection of the Fifth Amendment.

But immunity is not on the table.

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"Theres a lot of information that we need to gather about what the President is alleged to have done and what the President's intentions were, before we can reach any conclusions on the legal issues", Schiff said. "We respect anybody's right to take the Fifth Amendment but I don't believe that a request for documents" such as calendars or visas would be granted blanket immunity would apply.

The attempts to compel Flynn to produce documents were just another sign of the intense focus on 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.

Yesterday Flynn's lawyers said that the committee's subpoena was overly broad and that complying with them would "feed the escalating public frenzy against him". Flynn has since been implicated in offering misleading answers about his Russian Federation contacts to the Pentagon when he applied to renew his security clearance a year ago and could face charges for failing to file as a foreign agent after accepting more than $500,000 for representing Turkish interests.

"There may a series of cases where we have facts about people having contacts with Russians prior to the campaign and sharing of information that may fall short of legal collusion, but still be factual that we need to report to the American people in terms of our counterintelligence investigation". Coats was asked about reports that President Trump had asked him and former NSA Director Mike Rogers to deny publicly there's any evidence showing his campaign colluded with Russian Federation. ABC News said Page himself told it about the scheduled testimony.

"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 senators did not say what to what those documents relate.

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