Senate demands documents from Flynn

Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenas former national security adviser for documents on Russia.

Ben Ariel ,

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Michael Flynn

The Senate Intelligence Committee has issued a subpoena to former national security adviser Michael Flynn for documents related to its investigation into alleged Russian interference in the presidential election, committee leaders announced Wednesday, according to The Hill.

According to a statement from chair Richard Burr (R-NC) and ranking member Mark Warner (D-VA), the committee first requested the documents in an April 28 letter to Flynn, but he declined through counsel to cooperate with the request.

President Donald Trump asked for Flynn’s resignation in February, after it was revealed that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with the Russian Ambassador to the U.S.

Flynn had previously offered to testify before the Senate and House intelligence committees — which are both investigating Russian interference in the election — in exchange for immunity, but it does not appear that either committee has accepted the offer, noted The Hill.

Flynn has also been under scrutiny for accepting payments from Russia and Turkey and allegedly misleading the government about them.

In April, the committee sent a series of requests for records from Trump associates on any dealings with Russians. The deadline to produce documents was Tuesday afternoon, when Burr told reporters that the committee had received only two responses and hinted that he was willing to issue subpoenas to compel the rest, the report noted.

The senators are seeking details on any meetings these associates might have had with Russian officials between June 16, 2015 — the day Trump formally launched his campaign — and Trump's inauguration on January 20, as well as records of any communications during the period.

They also want details on any financial assets or real estate holding tied to Russia, and a broader list of meetings between any Trump campaign aides and Russians.