Ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will not honor a subpoena issued by a Senate committee looking into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, the panel's chairman said Thursday.
Senator Richard Burr told reporters Flynn's refusal came from his lawyer, and that lawmakers would figure out "what the next step, if any, is", according to AP. Burr then walked back his statements, indicating that he may have spoken too soon, and the committee then corrected Burr's comments to say that Flynn's lawyer has not yet responded. "Consistent with the committee's position since the beginning of or investigation, I welcome their willingness to cooperate", Burr said. After a meal on April 25, Flynn reportedly said that Trump sent a message encouraging his former national security adviser to "stay strong". The letter and initial stories on Flynn's lobbying were first reported by The Daily Caller.
The Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller (MUHL'-ur) as a special counsel to lead a federal investigation into allegations that Donald Trump's campaign collaborated with Russian Federation to sway the 2016 election that put him in the White House.
Flynn was sacked from his top post in the Trump Administration after just 25 days when it was revealed he had lied about his communications with Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak and then misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations.
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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.
Flynn has not agreed to comply with May 10 subpoena for documents about his interactions with Russian officials. USA officials however told Reuters these calls did not show any evidence of wrongdoing or collusion during the 2016 campaign. In March, the committee rejected Flynn's request for immunity from prosecution.
Flynn's lawyers have claimed that he briefed the Defense Intelligence Agency "extensively" both before and after the 2015 trip.
"If I were his lawyer, I'd probably be making the argument that if I'm under criminal investigation, you can not force me to compromise myself", Graham said. Weeks after his departure, Flynn acknowledged that he had been on the payroll of the Turkish government while serving as a top surrogate and adviser to Trump's campaign - even as the GOP standard-bearer accused his rival of making "pay-to-play" arrangements with foreign governments.