GOP senator: Flynn won’t comply with committee’s subpoena

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 10: National Security Adviser Michael Flynn (C) sits before U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a joint press conference at the White House on February 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. The two answered questions from American and Japanese press. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Lawyers for former national security advisor Michael Flynn say he will not comply with a subpoena issued by the Senate Intelligence Committee, Chairman Richard Burr Richard BurrGOP senator: Flynn wont comply with committees subpoena Intel panels: House, Senate Russia probes to proceed Second Senate committee invites Comey to publicly testify MORE (R-N.C.) said Thursday, according to multiple reports.

The rebuffed demand was for documents related to the committees investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election.

Flynn the former intelligence officer who was fired in February for misleading Vice President Pence and other White House officials about the contents of a December phone call with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak has been under scrutiny for accepting payments from Russia and Turkey and allegedly misleading the government about them.

Flynn had previously offered to testify before the Senate and House intelligence committees which are both investigating Russian interference in the election in exchange for immunity, but it does not appear that either committee has accepted the offer.

In April, the committee sent a series of requests to several former Trump associates asking for records on any dealings with Russians a request Flynns lawyers declined to cooperate with through counsel, sparking the subpoena.

Trumps former foreign policy advisor Carter Page, informal adviser Roger Stone and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort were also asked to provide documents. As of last week, the committee had received two responses, according to Burr. One of these, Page, is publicly known. Burr declined to reveal the second.

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 campaign and Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, as well as records of any communications during the period.

The senators also want details on any financial assets or real estate holding tied to Russia, and a broader list of meetings between any Trump campaign aides and Russians.

In December 2015, Flynn was paid $45,000 to speak at an event hosted in Moscow by the Kremlin-backed network RT, during which he was seated with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He also received payments for additional speeches to Russian firms Kaspersky and Volga Dnepr.

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.

According to documents released by House Oversight Committee ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Flynn did not disclose the RT payment when he applied to renew his security clearance in January 2016, just a month after he traveled to Moscow.

Flynns lawyer has claimed that he briefed the Defense Intelligence Agency extensively both before and after the 2015 trip.

Flynn’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment or confirmation.

Read more at: thehill.com

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