US Senate panel still negotiating with Flynn over documents: congressional aides

UPDATE 1:19 P.M.: This post was updated after Richard Burr said that Michael Flynn has not yet indicated how he will respond to the Senate Intelligence Committee's subpoena.

Flynn had declined to cooperate with the committee's request in April.

Burr's office put out an official statement from the senator an hour later, confirming what he told reporters. "We've got a full basket of things we might want to test". Reuters could not immediately verify the report.

Earlier on Thursday, the committee's Republican chairman, Sen. "I believe that is correct", Warner said, adding that he needed to check with staff.

Warner said he hopes Flynn ultimately complies.

The committee said it sent a letter requesting material from the FBI and Justice Department related to its ongoing counterintelligence investigation.

"If I were his lawyer, I'd probably be making the argument that if I'm under criminal investigation, you can not force me to compromise myself", Graham said. Relying on the criminal contempt statute here raises an interesting question: Would Special Counsel Robert Mueller be considered the "appropriate United States attorney" for the purposes of congressional contempt referral, since the documents subpoenaed by Congress bear on those matters which are part of his investigation?

Congress has oversight and investigative powers, and inherent within those is power to issue enforceable subpoenas.

A White House aide told NBC News Vice President Mike Pence "stands by his comments in March upon first hearing the news" about Flynn's ties to Turkey.

In February, the day after Flynn was ousted, the president asked now-fired FBI director James Comey to drop an FBI investigation into Flynn. Congressional Republicans did the former during the Obama administration when attorney general Eric Holder and the IRS' Lois Lerner refused to comply with issued subpoenas. Trump fired Comey last week and admitted that the bureau's Russian Federation probe was on his mind when he did so.

The committee last week issued a subpoena for documents regarding his interactions with Russian Federation officials.

The Senate Intelligence Committee's counterterrorism probe took on added significance after President Donald Trump dismissed FBI Director James Comey last week amid allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. Alternatively, it could bring the matter before a federal district court which can then charge non-compliant witnesses with contempt of court. Burr has walked back his earlier statement, saying Flynn may still comply.

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