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Senate panel chairman: Flynn won't honor subpoena

20 May, 2017, 05:55 | Author: Nadine Todd
  • Michael Flynn could face up to a year in jail for failing to comply with Senate Intel Committee's subpoena

Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, the panel's chairman, said Flynn's lawyer told him that the retired army general, whom President Donald Trump fired in February, would not honor the committee's subpoena to produce documents related to the Russian Federation investigation.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) told reporters Thursday that Flynn's lawyers have yet to turn over any documents, although there "may be a day or two left" for them to do so.

"General Flynn's lawyers said he will not honor the subpoena, and that's not a surprise to the committee", Burr said.

The committee issued the subpoena for Flynn's records on May 10 after he declined to cooperate with an April 28 request for documents.

What would happen if Flynn really were to ignore the committee's subpoena?

"General Flynn's attorneys have not yet indicated their intentions regarding the Senate Intelligence Committee's subpoena", Burr said in the statement.

The committee said Thursday it sent a letter requesting material from the FBI and Justice Department related to its ongoing counterintelligence investigation.

USA stocks rose as upbeat economic data emboldened investors to return to the market on Thursday, a day after Wall Street saw its worst selloff in eight months on worries that the political turmoil could sideline Trump initiatives such as tax cuts that investors see as favoring economic growth.

Earlier on Thursday, the committee's Republican chairman, Sen.

Flynn was ousted following reports that he misled Pence and others when he denied discussing sanctions in a phone conversation with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak before Trump's inauguration. GOP chairman unveils proposed Pentagon buying reforms Senators told of broadening Russian Federation investigation MORE (R-N.C.) said Thursday. Flynn had previously worked for the Turkish government. Flynn was sacked from his position as Trump's national security adviser in February. Yet he still emerged as the newly sworn-in president's national security adviser.

Update 5/18/17 1:55 pm: The Associated Press has now reported a correction of an earlier story, after a Senate Committee clarified that they had not received a response from Michael Flynn's legal team.

On Thursday he called it "the single greatest witch hunt" in US history. That inquiry is looking into whether Flynn was fully forthcoming about his foreign contacts and earnings from organizations linked to the governments of Russian Federation and Turkey.

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