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Senate intel chairman: No decision from Flynn on honoring subpoena

Michael Flynn then – President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for National Security Adviser arrives at Trump Tower in New York The Latest: Trump assails naming of counsel as 'witch hunt'
Eleena Tovar | 19 May, 2017, 19:58

"General Flynn's lawyers have said he will NOT honor the subpoena". Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina had said hours earlier Flynn's lawyer had informed the panel he would not comply with the subpoena.

'Consistent with the committee's position since the beginning of (our) investigation, I welcome their willingness to cooperate, ' Burr said in his two-sentence statement.

Burr made clear in his original statement Thursday that the committee's investigation would continue apace despite Flynn's non-compliance.

Legal experts say it's unlikely Flynn would agree to turn over the personal documents because he would be waiving his constitutional protection against self-incrimination by doing so.

Amid investigations from multiple committees on Capitol Hill into his ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, the beleaguered lieutenant general and Turkey lobbyist has claimed that, in private exchanges, the president has expressed his continued support as recently as late last month. A lawyer for Flynn did not immediately respond to Reuters' request for comment. So far, he said, the panel has interviewed "well over 30 individuals".

Though Flynn has left the Trump administration, the controversy surrounding him has not subsided as newly announced special counsel Robert Mueller, Congress and the FBI investigate potential collusion between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government.

Former Defense Intelligence Agency Director retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, incoming White House national security adviser, speaks at the U.S. Institute of Peace "2017 Passing the Baton" conference in Washington, U.S., January 10, 2017.

The committee, which is conducting an investigation of Russian interference in the election separate from the Justice Department, issued the subpoena last Wednesday.

Flynn resigned on February 13 at the request of President Trump after it was revealed Flynn had discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador and misled the Vice President and other administration officials about the nature of his conversations with Kislyak.

Copies of the requests sent to Page and Stone were shared with The Associated Press. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) of the Senate Intelligence Committee have publicly said that so far they have seen no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Page shared a copy of his letter with the AP.