Ranking House intel Dem: Subpoenas coming after Flynn denies request
- Author: Kyle Warner May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 1:43
Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio: "All options should be on table" if Flynn refuses new subpoenas Rubio "not optimistic" on Middle East peace DHS extends protected status for Haitians for six months MORE (R-Fla.) warned former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Tuesday that "all options should be on the table" if he does not comply with a pair of subpoenas issued by the Senate Intelligence Committee.
"While we disagree with Gen. Flynn's lawyer's interpretation of taking the Fifth, it is even more clear that a business does not have a right to take the Fifth if it's a corporation", said Virginia Senator Mark Warner, the committee's ranking Democrat.
"Mr. Comey wants to tell his side of the story and I'm glad he has chosen to do that with the Senate intelligence committee", Warner said.
Flynn decides to comply with our Intel Committee subpoena to produce business documents.
Warner and Sen. Richard Burr, R. -N.C., the committee chairman, also sent a letter to Flynn's lawyer asking for the legal basis for Flynn's refusal to provide documents.
The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee says if it's true that the president asked top intelligence officials to publicly deny that there had been any "collusion" between the Russians and the Trump campaign, it would suggest obstruction or politicization of the intelligence community. "There are court decisions that provide there may be a limited Fifth Amendment right in terms of document production, but it is only limited".
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Schiff said he is "skeptical" that the committee would agree to grant Flynn immunity in the future in exchange for information. "At the end of that option is a contempt charge", Burr told reporters. "If all of this is part of a pattern by the White House of interference or worse, that's something that we have to find out about and it's something we have to stop", he said.
Before the April request, Flynn said through a statement from his lawyer that he wouldn't submit himself to questioning from the committee "without assurances against unfair prosecution".
But immunity is not on the table.
The investigation focuses on whether Flynn and other Trump associates colluded with Russian Federation to boost the Republican candidate in the 2016 elections.
On Tuesday, former CIA Director John Brennan testified to the House intelligence panel that he had noticed enough contact between Trump associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign to justify an investigation by the FBI.
With regard to former CIA Director John Brennan's shocking testimony Tuesday morning that he confronted a Russian counterpart about election meddling last summer, Warner said the committee is now looking into it.