Senate Intelligence Panel Subpoenas Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn

Michele Moreno
May 14, 2017

The committee has requested documents from Flynn regarding their inquiry into Russia's interference with the 2016 United States presidential election.

In a joint statement on Wednesday (11 May), Senators Richard Burr, the committee's Republican chairman, and Mark Warner, its top-ranking Democrat, announced the subpoena after Flynn failed to meet the original 9 May deadline.

The media outlet described the request for records of people who worked with Flynn as a "significant escalation" in the FBI's probe into possible ties between Moscow and Trump campaign officials. He was also paid $530,000 past year by a businessman linked to the Turkish government, all while serving as an adviser to the Trump campaign.

The committee's request comes as the panel prepares for a Thursday hearing that will feature the testimony of acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and other national security officials.

Flynn's lawyer declined comment to CNN Wednesday evening.

The Trump administration asked for Flynn's resignation in February after the White House said he misled Vice President Mike Pence about a communication with Russia's USA ambassador Sergey Kislyak. He and Warner have invited Comey to testify before the committee on 16 May in a closed session.

"Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!"

Michael Flynn was subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into links between Russian Federation and Mr Trump's campaign team.

Undisclosed payments that Flynn received from Russian-backed entities have also inspired questions from lawmakers looking into allegations of coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Flynn's call with Russian Envoy was monitored by U.S. intelligence agencies. In March, Flynn and his firm belatedly registered as a foreign agent with the Justice Department for the work, acknowledging it could have benefited the Turkish government.

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