Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Flynn hasn't responded to Senate panel's subpoena, chairman says

Flynn hasn't responded to Senate panel's subpoena, chairman says

Before Trump's inauguration, Flynn had told the transition team that he was under federal investigation for secretly lobbying for the Turkish government during the campaign, according to The New York Times.

The Senate Intelligence Committee's counterterrorism probe took on added significance after President Donald Trump dismissed FBI Director James Comey last week amid allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 us presidential election.

For refusing to honor a Congressional committee's subpoena, Michael Flynn could be found in contempt of Congress.

On Thursday morning, the chair of the committee, Sen.

Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina had to retract a statement made hours earlier that Flynn's lawyer had told the committee he would not comply with the subpoena.

"General Flynn has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit", said Flynn's lawyer, Robert Kelner.

The former top national security adviser to the Trump White House was forced out of the position in February after it became known that he did not disclose contact he'd had with Russian diplomat Sergei Kislyak to Vice President Mike Pence.

That report followed another bombshell claim by the paper, which on Tuesday said that following Flynn's dismissal after just 24 days on the job, Trump personally pressed former FBI director James Comey to halt any FBI investigation.

Burr added that the committee, which is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election, would be evaluating its next steps.

The committee issued the subpoena last week, seeking "a large number of documents" after Flynn's lawyer informed the panel that Flynn would not be complying with an April 28 request to hand over the same documents voluntarily.

The subpoena compelled Flynn to turn over private documents related to his relationships to foreign governments.

President Donald Trump is assailing the naming of a special counsel as "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"

On March 30, Flynn offered to testify before both the House and Senate Intelligence Communities in exchange for immunity. He continued that Senate leaders would have decide if he was in contempt of court if he refused to comply and that the investigation would then head to the Department of Justice. That process could take years due to procedure, Politico reports. "I hope you can let this go".

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