Senate Hits Michael Flynn With Two New Subpoenas

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn could face a criminal charge of contempt of Congress if the Senate Intelligence Committee isn't pleased with his response to its latest round of subpoenas, the committee leadership announced Tuesday afternoon.

The Senate panel on Tuesday chose to issue two additional subpoenas to Flynn's businesses and sent the letter to his lawyer asking about the legal basis for his invoking his Fifth Amendment right over documents as opposed to testimony.

"We have taken the actions that we feel are appropriate right now", Burr said. A day later, the committee issued two subpoenas against Flynn's businesses seeking records that could hopefully fill in the blanks as it continues to look into the Kremlin's collusion with the Trump administration.

Burr also told reporters that the committee will not give Flynn immunity because the committee does not believe it's the place of the committee to offer it. Flynn, in the letter released Monday, had also asked to be protected from unreasonable prosecution in exchange for his testimony. "It is a corporation", Warner told reporters.

Former CIA Director John Brennan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, before the House Intelligence Committee Russia Investigation Task Force. The committee is leaving open the possibility to filing contempt charges against Flynn later if he refuses to comply. "That is not our preference today".

Yesterday Flynn's lawyers said that the committee's subpoena was overly broad and that complying with them would "feed the escalating public frenzy against him". The Senate is investigating links between him and the Russian government.

"So we are going to be entertaining the same options in terms of our subpoenas, which I hope will go out shortly to obtain these documents".

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the vice chairman of the Senate's Select Committee on Intelligence, and Sen.

Brennan noted anew that USA intelligence agencies had concluded "Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary (Hillary) Clinton and harm her electability and potential presidency, and to help President Trump's election chances". "We'd like to hear his story because he publicly said he has a story to tell". He was forced to resign from his position at the White House in February, after less than a month on the job, for failing to disclose the content of his talks with Sergei Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the United States, and misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations.

Meanwhile, senators said they wished Mr. Flynn would have complied with their subpoena.

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