After Flynn turns down Senate intel request, panel seeks narrower batch of documents related to Russia
The Senate intelligence committee is seeking a narrower batch of documents and information from former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn than the panel initially sought in a subpoena.
That’s according to the committee’s Republican chairman, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina. Burr says the committee is “very specific” about what it’s asking in an attempt to pressure Flynn to turn over documents.
The committee is investigating Russia’s campaign meddling and possible ties to President Donald Trump’s associates.
Flynn’s attorneys had argued the request was too broad, saying if he complied, he would effectively be providing testimony that could be used against him. They made the argument Monday when Flynn invoked his Fifth Amendment protection and declined to cooperate with a May 10 subpoena.
That document had asked him to provide a wide array of records regarding his contacts with Russians and Russian business interests. The committee sent a letter to Flynn’s attorney Tuesday questioning the legal basis of his decision to invoke his Fifth Amendment right over a request for documents rather than testimony.
The Senate intelligence committee also said it will subpoena two of former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s businesses.
Committee Chairman Richard Burr says senators will wait for Flynn’s response to Tuesday’s requests before they decide the next course of action, including the possibility of a contempt of Congress citation.