Senate chairman: Flynn has not responded to subpoena


Sen. Richard Burr (R., N.C.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Thursday that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has not yet told the committee how he will respond to its subpoena for documents related to Flynn's interactions with Russian Federation.

The chairman of the Senate intelligence committee says his panel has not received a response from Michael Flynn's lawyer - correcting his earlier statement that Flynn would not comply with a subpoena.

Mike Flynn won't honor a subpoena issued by the Senate Intelligence Committee, the panel chairman says. "Consistent with the Committee's position since the beginning of [our] investigation, I welcome their willingness to cooperate".

In March, the committee rejected Flynn's request for immunity from prosecution.

Last week, the Senate subpoenaed a large number of documents regarding Flynn's interactions with Russian officials. After a meal on April 25, Flynn reportedly said that Trump sent a message encouraging his former national security adviser to "stay strong".

Burr added that the committee, which is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election, would be evaluating its next steps. President Trump brought him on anyway.

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A bit flustered by the confusion surrounding whether Flynn's lawyers had responded to the committee yet, Sen. But he told reporters Thursday in Cyprus that he doesn't understand what the "secret" was, since the US introduced a ban on laptops on airlines from some Middle Eastern countries two months ago. He has been under investigation by the FBI for secretly working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the presidential campaign, a fact he disclosed to the White House weeks before Mr. Trump's inauguration, according to a Wednesday New York Times report. 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.

Former acting attorney general Sally Yates, a Barack Obama appointee held over for the start of the new administration but fired by Trump, said under oath this month that she warned the White House that Flynn had been interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and that he could potentially be blackmailed by Russians over his misleading claims.

Since his ouster, Flynn has been one of the central figures in the case addressing potential collusion between the Kremlin and President Donald Trump's campaign.

On Thursday he called it "the single greatest witch hunt" in USA history. Yet he still emerged as the newly sworn-in president's national security adviser.

Meanwhile, Speaker of House Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, worked hard at a news conference Thursday to demonstrate that the Russia-gate hubbub was not preventing Congress from pushing forward on other fronts.

He has been under scrutiny for accepting payments from Russian Federation and Turkey and allegedly misleading the government about them.