Senate Intelligence Committee Presses For Flynn Documents

Cheryl Sanders
May 24, 2017

According to that March 14, 2016 report, Flynn made false statements to investigators about who funded his foreign trips, including a 2015 trip to Russian Federation where Flynn was paid roughly $45,000 for a speaking engagement. The FBI is also conducting a counterintelligence investigation into Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Brennan's statements about the number of contacts between associates of the Trump campaign and the Russians again put details about the Trump campaign's contacts with the Kremlin into the spotlight as reports emerged that Trump had asked his national intelligence director and NSA chief to state publicly there was no evidence of collusion before investigations into the matter were complete.

Warner pointed to reports that Trump called Comey a "nut job" in an Oval Office meeting with top Russian officials, saying the comments were "outrageous". The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director agreed to testify before the Senate intelligence committee after the Memorial Day holiday. Flynn's legal right to invoke the Fifth Amendment notwithstanding, the move seems likely to exacerbate tensions between the White House and Congress as legislators in both parties attempt to find answers about Russian meddling in US affairs as well as turn current events to their political advantage. "One subpoena has been served, one is in the process of being served", Warner said.

Also Monday, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, claimed in a letter to committee chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz that Flynn had lied to the Pentagon about who paid for his trip to Russian Federation in December 2015 where he spoke at a gala hosted by the media company RT.

Hours after Mr Flynn's refusal, Democrats said he appeared to have lied when he applied for his White House security clearance.

Flynn's attorney, Robert Kelner, said in March that Flynn wants to tell his story "should the circumstances permit".

Flynn, 58, whom President Donald Trump fired in February over concerns about his disclosures of Russian contacts to Vice President Mike Pence, has said that he would invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee in its investigation.

Former CIA chief Brennan's testimony to the House intelligence committee was the clearest public indication yet of the significance the Russian Federation contacts play in counterintelligence investigations that continue to hang over the White House.

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

Investigators are examining Flynn's paid trip to Moscow to attend an RT television gala in 2015, where he sat with President Vladimir Putin, and his multiple communications with Russia's United States ambassador last December after the election.

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

In addition to the RT payments, Flynn has come under scrutiny for collecting more than $500,000 for lobbying work on behalf of Turkish interests.

On another important piece of the investigation - the upcoming testimony of fired FBI Director James Comey - Warner expressed confidence that his committee will get Comey's side of the story, despite the Justice Department's decision to appoint a special counsel to lead the FBI investigation.

Burr did not rule out further steps, including holding Flynn in contempt, if he continued to refuse to comply.

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.

Flynn apparently misled Pentagon investigators about his foreign connections when he sought to renew his security clearance in early 2016, according to a document obtained by congressional Democrats and released in part on Monday. He said at a September Iowa rally: "So there are five people taking the Fifth Amendment, like you see on the mob, right?"

During the Oval Office chat, which USA media were not invited to cover, Mr Trump also reportedly divulged secret information on the military campaign against so-called Islamic State.

Israel was reportedly the source of that sensitive intelligence.

Flynn's decision does not fully close the door on future cooperation with the committee.

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