Michael Flynn could face up to a year in jail for failing to comply with Senate Intel Committee's subpoena
20 May, 2017, 05:48
Earlier Thursday, Burr said a lawyer for Flynn informed the Senate Intelligence Committee he will not honor its subpoena for private documents. "Consistent with the committee's position since the beginning of or investigation, I welcome their willingness to cooperate", Burr said.
Flynn's lawyer has been seeking immunity for his client. Those letters sought a wide array of electronic and paper records related to any contacts made between people affiliated with the Trump campaign and Russian officials and businesses.
Burr added that the committee, which is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election, would be evaluating its next steps.
The letters asked for the men to list any meetings they might have had with Russian officials between June 16, 2015 - the day Trump formally launched his presidential campaign - and Trump's inauguration on January 20, as well as records of any communications during that period. In February 2017, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz urged the Department of Justice to pursue charges against Pagliano, but no such charges have come. Flynn was sacked from his position as Trump's national security adviser in February.
The Intelligence Committee has been probing Russia's alleged meddling the 2016 election, including whether members of the Trump campaign had colluded with Russian officials to benefit their candidate. And that only could happen if the Senate voted to hold Flynn in contempt and forward the matter to the US Attorney's Office for prosecution.
Reuters reported that Flynn and other Trump campaign staffers were in contact with Russian officials at least 18 times during the last several months of the presidential campaign.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has blamed the Obama administration for not sufficiently vetting Flynn, pointing out that Flynn had a security clearance under the previous president.
Despite the disclosure, Trump appointed Flynn as his national security adviser. Flynn reportedly had six undisclosed phone calls with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak. Things are then passed over to the US attorney for the District of Columbia, who would be the one to pursue a case.
Finally, the New York Times reported that Trump's administration was aware that Flynn was under investigation for working for Turkey's government, which he did not disclose at the time, and hired him as a national security adviser anyway.
As a retired military officer, Flynn is prohibited under the emoluments clause of the Constitution from accepting payment from a foreign government without advance permission from both the secretary of State and the secretary of the Army.