Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Flynn declines United States subpoena in Russian Federation probe

He also turned down an April 28 request that was similar to ones received by other Trump associates, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Trump associate Roger Stone and former foreign policy adviser Carter Page.

The attorneys told the Senate intelligence committee Flynn will not turn over personal documents sought under the congressional subpoena nor otherwise comply as part of its investigation.

"It does not appear to us that [permission] was ever sought", the committee's Republican chair Jason Chaffetz told reporters. Cummings also is urging Chaffetz, who is resigning from his job next month, to subpoena the White House for any documents relating to Flynn.

Flynn appeared to tell investigators his trips to Russian Federation and other countries were paid for by American companies.

His attorney, Robert Kelner, declined to comment on the new assertions by Cummings.

Flynn submitted his application for his security clearance in January 2016, roughly one month after he traveled to Moscow.

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's decision to invoke the Fifth Amendment might protect him against self-incrimination - but it could also escalate a clash involving immunity, contempt and some tough choices for Senate Republicans.

Flynn resigned as Trump's national security adviser on February 13, after reportedly "misleading" Vice President Mike Pence about the content of his conversations with Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak.

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Cummings cited a previously undisclosed March 14, 2016, Report of Investigation showing Flynn "told security clearance investigators that he was paid by "U.S. companies" when he traveled to Moscow" for that gala and that Flynn told investigators that "he has not received any benefit from a foreign country". If they were to do so, the full Senate would be asked to weigh in on the matter and, if the Senate agreed to hold Flynn in contempt, the matter would be referred to the US attorney's office in Washington for criminal charges.

The retired lieutenant general, a key witness in the Russian Federation probe, planned to inform the panel of his decision later today, the reports said.

The letter to committee chairmen also states that Flynn is "the target on almost a daily basis of outrageous allegations, often attributed to anonymous sources in Congress or elsewhere in the United States Government, which, however fanciful on their face and unsubstantiated by evidence, feed the escalating public frenzy against him". RT paid Flynn more than $45,000 to attend the event and give a speech. Marco Rubio - encouraged Flynn to comply.

Instead, it argued it was a response to the current political climate in which Democratic members of Congress were calling for his prosecution. The request included emails, text messages, letters, phone records and financial information and documents. The intelligence Trump shared has been reported to have come from Israel.

"I don't have sufficient information to make a determination about whether or not such cooperation or complicity or collusion was taking place", Brennan said. He is not obligated to aid the Democrat witch-hunt regarding Donald Trump's alleged collusion with Russian Federation any more than he already unwittingly has.

Trump has defended Flynn since his ouster and called on him to strike an immunity deal because Flynn is facing a "witch hunt". If the mere act of turning over a document would be incriminating-if it revealed a person's possession of a document that was illegal to possess or revealed their knowledge of a conspiracy-then invoking the Fifth Amendment could legitimately block a subpoena seeking such documents.

"We've taken the actions we feel are appropriate right now".

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