Retired Gen. Michael Flynn has not yet told the Senate intelligence committee how he plans to respond to a subpoena for documents relevant to the former national security adviser's interactions with Russian Federation, committee chairman Richard Burr said, reversing his earlier comment that Flynn would not cooperate.
Burr corrected himself by issuing a written statement saying Flynn's attorneys "have not yet indicated their intentions" regarding the subpoena. Hours earlier, Burr said Flynn's lawyer said he wouldn't comply, "and that is not a surprise to the committee".
The North Carolina senator later clarified his statement, leaving the question of whether Flynn would comply with the subpoena up in the air.
On Feb. 13, Trump ordered Flynn to resign amid media reports that the national security adviser had lied to Pence about discussing USA sanctions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016.
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"Michael Flynn has not cooperated with the committee up to this point", Burr said, adding, however, that he has not received a "definitive answer" on whether Flynn and his lawyers will comply.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has blamed the Obama administration for not sufficiently vetting Flynn, pointing out that Flynn had a security clearance under the previous president. Things are then passed over to the US attorney for the District of Columbia, who would be the one to pursue a case.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) didn't want to get ahead of the intelligence committee leaders, but said he plans to look into "tools" the Senate can use to pressure Flynn.
Flynn's attorney Robert Kelner did not respond to phone messages and emails seeking comment.
In April, the committee sent a series of requests to several former President Trump associates asking for records on any dealings with Russian Federation - a request Flynn's lawyers declined to cooperate with through counsel, sparking the subpoena. "I hope you can let this go". Trump fired Comey last week and admitted that the bureau's Russian Federation probe was on his mind when he did so.