House Intel panel likely to also subpoena Flynn businesses, Dem says

Posted May 24, 2017

The top two senators on the Senate Intelligence Committee are questioning whether former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn can invoke the Fifth Amendment to deny them the documents they've requested from him, in relation to their investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

And so, the question of whether the Senate Intelligence Committee will act to try to compel Flynn to cooperate with its own subpoena is a key test of how serious Republicans are about exercising their oversight role in this increasingly hyper-sensitive area.

Warner said that Flynn's businesses are being subpoenaed because it is believed that "a business does not have the right to take the Fifth if it's a corporation".

Burr and Warner said Tuesday that they also sent a letter to Flynn's attorney seeking the legal rationale for his refusal to comply with their investigation. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters Tuesday.

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"We have been very specific in the documents now that we have requested from General Flynn", he said. "At the end of that option is a contempt charge, and I've said that everything is on the table", Burr said during a press briefing today.

Burr said a contempt citation could be a possibility down the road. Yet Cummings wrote that his committee has documents showing how the $45,000 payment was transferred from RT to Flynn's lobbying firm, as well as an email in which an RT official states, "We will be covering the payment of General Flynn's fee".

Stein said the soiree was "a great opportunity to lay out some of my foreign policy proposals and get Russian reactions to them".

Brennan noted anew that USA intelligence agencies had concluded "Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary (Hillary) Clinton and harm her electability and potential presidency, and to help President Trump's election chances".

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Brennan could shed light on concerns about the security risk posed by President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn. "As valuable as Gen. Flynn might be to our counterintelligence investigation, we don't believe that it's our place today to offer him immunity from this committee", he added.

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland says Flynn told the investigators during an early 2016 security clearance review that a trip to Moscow was "funded by US companies".

But immunity is not on the table.

A spokesperson for Burr didn't return an email requesting comment on whether the committee will act or how. Mr. Trump has said continuing questions about his campaign's Russian Federation contacts amount to a "witch hunt".

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