New subpoenas issued to Flynn's companies

Nick Mcbride
May 25, 2017

His communications with Russian officials ahead of Trump's inauguration have been the subject of several Congressional investigations. "If the Russians want to get into the (Democratic National Committee) again they will be able to get in, or the RNC or just about any other private institution and a lot of public ones".

But spokesman Ian Prior says an Federal Bureau of Investigation employee assigned to help with the form, known as an SF-86, said those encounters didn't have to be included as routine contacts as part of Sessions' Senate job.

With regard to former CIA Director John Brennan's shocking testimony Tuesday morning that he confronted a Russian counterpart about election meddling last summer, Warner said the committee is now looking into it. CNN first reported the omissions.

"General Flynn had a duty to be truthful on his security clearance renewal form and during his interview with security clearance investigators", Cummings wrote in his letter to Chaffetz, which quoted the report.

The investigation focuses on whether Flynn and other Trump associates colluded with Russian Federation to boost the Republican candidate in the 2016 elections.

The letter from the top Democrat on the Oversight Committee comes hours after Flynn refused to comply with a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

But the Oversight Committee released detailed email and payment records months ago showing that the source of Flynn's payment of more than $33,000 was RT, the Russian state-sponsored television network that has been labeled a propaganda network by USA intelligence. A spokesman for the committee declined comment on whether Page would testify.

Citing three current and former USA officials familiar with the intelligence, the newspaper said the conversations focused on Paul Manafort, then the Trump presidential campaign chairman, and Michael Flynn, a retired general who was then advising Trump.

Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, also said investigators are seeking any audio recordings maintained by President Donald Trump of his private meetings in the White House and any memos maintained by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers about Trump's reported request that they deny evidence of Russian interference in the U.S. election. He did not elaborate on what materials the committee was seeking.

Mr Flynn misled the White House about discussing USA sanctions against Russian Federation with Moscow's envoy, Sergei Kislyak, before Mr Trump took office.

"We've been very specific in the documents now that we've requested from General Flynn", Burr said. Flynn's lawyers also said Flynn had "more than a reasonable apprehension that any testimony he provides could be used against him". "One is in the process of being served, and we keep all options on the table, but we think the committee has moved forward aggressively". "We respect anybody's right to take the Fifth Amendment but I don't believe that a request for documents" such as calendars or visas would be granted blanket immunity.

Flynn's letter comes less than two weeks after the committee issued a subpoena for his documents as part of its ongoing investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign.

They also said earlier in the day that the Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel has created a legally unsafe environment for him to cooperate with the Senate panel's investigation.

Flynn earlier in the week rebuffed a subpoena for documents from the Senate panel, citing his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Other members of the Senate intelligence committee echoed the sentiment that Flynn was testing his limits by ignoring their requests. Flynn is a key figure in both the FBI investigation headed by special counsel Robert Mueller and in separate Senate and House inquiries.

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