Russian Federation probe: Subpoenas to get Flynn to talk

Cheryl Sanders
May 25, 2017

As valuable as Gen. Flynn is to our counterintelligence investigation, we don't believe it's our place to offer him immunity.

USA congressional committees and a special counsel named by the Justice Department this month are investigating whether there was Russian interference in the 2016 US election and collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia.

The full Senate, or the 15-member panel formally known as the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, could seek a judge's order compelling Flynn to comply.

On CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer", Schiff said the House committee would mirror its Senate counterpart by issuing more specific subpoenas that Flynn would have a harder time avoiding with the protection of the Fifth Amendment. "I've got to get the legal answer to that first".

"Those subpoenas, one has been served one is in the process of being served", Warner said, adding the committee is keeping "all options on the table". We would like to hear from General Flynn.

The White House said the hearings support the administration's version of events. But if congressional committees move to grant Flynn immunity, they would probably have to enter into discussions with the special counsel, Robert Mueller, to determine whether that could impede the FBI's case.

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News reports that Trump asked his national intelligence director and National Security Agency chief to state publicly there was no evidence of collusion have heightened criticism.

The leaders of the Senate Russia investigation, Sens. "We need to use whatever compulsory mechanism necessary to get the information he possesses ... the Fifth Amendment right not to provide materials or documents is limited", he added.

A day earlier, Flynn had invoked his constitutional right not to incriminate himself in response to the Senate committee's request for details about interactions between him and the Russians. The attorneys also said that if Flynn complied with the committee's request, he could be confirming the existence of documents, an act that itself could be used against him. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters Tuesday. Prior said Sessions' staff consulted with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and others familiar with the disclosure process, and was told not to list those meetings connected to his Senate job.

In what could be a signal of additional problems for Flynn, Democrats on the House Oversight Committee released a new letter on Monday calling for Chaffetz to issue subpoenas for White House documents.

Flynn submitted his application for his security clearance in January 2016, roughly one month after he traveled to Moscow.

Flynn's consulting firm handled both the payments he received from Turkey for his lobbying as an unregistered foreign agent and his payments from RT for that famous dinner with Vlad.

In his letter, Cummings also cited a standard security clearance question that asks respondents to disclose contacts with foreign governments or their representatives.

Page is one of several people associated with Trump's campaign who are under investigation over their ties to Russian Federation.

The intelligence was among the clues, including information about direct communications between Trump's advisers and Russian officials, US officials received a year ago as they began looking into Russian attempts to disrupt the election and whether any of Trump's associates were assisting Moscow, the newspaper said. You see the mob takes the Fifth.

Unlike in the court of public opinion, where Trump was making his heated campaign appeal, lawmakers, lawyers and judges recognize that the Fifth Amendment is not supposed to carry with it a hint of having something suspicious to hide.

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