Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Unknown if Flynn will comply with subpoena

Unknown if Flynn will comply with subpoena

Former national security adviser Mike Flynn's lawyers will not be honoring the Senate Intelligence Committee's subpoena for documents related to his communications with Russian officials, according to the committee's chairman.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) spoke with reporters about the denial to hand over the documents on Thursday, according to the Associated Press. Burr later walked back his position, saying Flynn still had "a day or two" to comply. GOP chairman unveils proposed Pentagon buying reforms Senators told of broadening Russian Federation investigation MORE (R-N.C.) said Thursday.

Flynn, the former national security adviser, was sacked in February for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the contents of a December phone call with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. He has previously written about film for Bloody Disgusting, We Got This Covered, What Culture, and The Celebrity Cafe. Burr says the panel's members are not surprised and says, "We'll figure out on Gen. Flynn what the next step, if any, is".

So it isn't yet clear whether Flynn in fact intends to not comply, nor it is clear what, if any, legal grounds he might be asserting for noncompliance.

But, the Justice Department doesn't need to prosecute a contempt citation forwarded to it - which was the decision made as to Lerner. "I hope you can let this go".

Congress has oversight and investigative powers, and inherent within those is power to issue enforceable subpoenas.

Trump " s Twitter comments Wednesday night after the announcement of Mueller's appointment said "a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity".

As national security adviser, Flynn held several phone calls with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump's inauguration and immediately after. Congressional Republicans did the former during the Obama administration when attorney general Eric Holder and the IRS' Lois Lerner refused to comply with issued subpoenas.

The president is now under fire for reports that he urged FBI Director James Comey to drop his investigation into Flynn during an Oval Office meeting in February.

Flynn, through counsel, denied an initial request by the Senate to review any such documents in an April 28 letter, Reuters reported. If the Senate votes for contempt, a civil case could be brought in federal court, or the Department of Justice could potentially file criminal charges.

Committee staff didn't explain the reason Burr misspoke.

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