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Senate chairman: Flynn has not responded to subpoena

Senate chairman: Flynn has not responded to subpoena

On Thursday, The chairman of the Senate intelligence committee said National Security Adviser Michael Flynn hasn't responded to a subpoena. the panel issued the subpoena in its investigation of Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Burr told reporters Thursday that Flynn's lawyer said Flynn would not comply with the subpoena, which the panel later corrected.

On April 28, the Senate Intelligence Committee requested that Flynn submit any records related to his communications with Russian officials.

"Consistent with the committee's position since the beginning of (our) investigation, I welcome their willingness to cooperate", Burr said in his two-sentence statement.

How the Committee proceeds may depend both on how much cooperation it anticipates from the Department of Justice-which may depend in large part of whether the relevant official is Mueller or Rosenstein-and on its own calculation about the wisdom of forcing the issue given the newly appointed special counsel.

Amid investigations from multiple committees on Capitol Hill into his ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, the beleaguered lieutenant general and Turkey lobbyist has claimed that, in private exchanges, the president has expressed his continued support as recently as late last month.

But following his departure, a lawyer for Flynn said that the retired lieutenant general would testify in front of the Senate committee in exchange for "assurances against unfair prosecution".

Flynn was ousted following reports that he misled Pence and others when he denied discussing sanctions in a phone conversation with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak before Trump's inauguration.

'This is an investigation involving Russian Federation, involving another country interfering with our elections, and so the intelligence committee in my opinion is the best place for that, ' Ryan said.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has blamed the Obama administration for not sufficiently vetting Flynn, pointing out that Flynn had a security clearance under the previous president.

If Flynn were to ultimately refuse the subpoena, the committee could vote to hold him in contempt. Page shared a copy of his letter with the AP.

Nina Ginsberg, a veteran Washington defense attorney with extensive experience in national security cases, said that without an ironclad immunity deal from the committee, Flynn would be exposed to questioning from investigators about any personal documents he gave up.