Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Subpoenas issued for Flynn's businesses; contempt charge remains an option, senators say

Subpoenas issued for Flynn's businesses; contempt charge remains an option, senators say

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former CIA Director John Brennan said Tuesday he personally warned Russia last summer against interfering in the US presidential campaign, telling the Russians that continued meddling would backfire and prevent and warming of relations after the election. The letter also narrows the scope of the documents the panel is seeking.

On Monday, Michael Flynn's lawyers issued a letter stating that Flynn would not testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee and would not turn over documents unless he was given immunity from prosecution.

Warner said in an interview with CNN's Dana Bash at the Peterson Fiscal Summit that he respected Flynn's decision to invoke his right against self-incrimination but said they will have news later Tuesday related to what comes next.

That's according to the committee's Republican chairman, Sen.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is surrounded by reporters as he leaves a briefing of the full Senate by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, amid controversy over President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, at the Capitol, Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Washington. He offered to testify to the Senate in exchange for immunity, we have no reason to believe he didn't make the same offer to the Federal Bureau of Investigation...

Mark Warner on Senate Intel issuing subpoenas to Flynn's biz: "A business does not have a right to take the Fifth if it's a corporation".

His attorney wrote to the committee that "the context in which the Committee has called for General Flynn's testimonial production of documents makes clear that he has more than a reasonable apprehension that any testimony he provides could be used against him".

Warner said serving subpoenas on the two businesses was an attempt to get around Flynn's assertion of the Fifth Amendment.

In what could be a signal of additional problems for Flynn, Democrats on the House Oversight Committee released a new letter on Monday calling for Chaffetz to issue subpoenas for White House documents. Flynn has refused to hand over that information. If Flynn does not comply, Burr threatened him with a contempt of Congress charge.

Mr Flynn is also at the centre of an FBI investigation into possible collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

Former CIA Director John Brennan says he can't say whether there was collusion during the US presidential election between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's campaign, but he knew there was reason to have investigators "pull those threads". The Department of Justice, then under Barack Obama's leadership, declined to press charges.

Flynn has emerged as a central figure in the House and Senate intelligence committees' ongoing probes into Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, as well as possible collusion between members of the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

Attorneys for Michael Flynn say that a daily "escalating public frenzy against him" and the Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel have created a legally unsafe environment for him to cooperate with a Senate investigation.

"I don't care where you stand on the political spectrum", Warner said. Coats could face questions on the report Tuesday when he is scheduled to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

He went on to say that leaks have "played a very significant negative role relative to our national security".

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