Senate Intelligence Committee to Subpoena Michael Flynn Companies
The Senate intelligence committee plans to subpoena two of Michael Flynn’s businesses.
The committee has already subpoenaed Flynn for documents in regard to his contact with Russian officials during the 2016 election. The former national security adviser has refused to comply. A letter was also sent to Flynn’s attorney questioning the legal basis of Flynn’s decision to invoke the Fifth Amendment.
Committee Chairman Richard Burr says senators will wait for Flynn’s response before they decide the next course of action. This includes the possibility of a contempt of Congress citation.
The committee is investigating Russia’s campaign meddling and possible ties to President Donald Trump’s associates.
Trouble has only been mounting for Mr. Flynn. Disregarding his removal from his advisory post, he’s also had to contend with allegations of accepting illegal funds from Russia. That information was given by Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Rep. Elijah Cummings.
In addition, his request for immunity was blatantly denied by the very committee that now wants his testimony. At the time, that move was met with more criticism than praise with many referring to Flynn’s own past comments on immunity requests.
Given that information and now Flynn’s refusal to testify, it’s hard to imagine the former general isn’t hiding something.
Businesses however, cannot plead utilize any Fifth Amendment rights. The Senate intelligence committee can use this loophole as a platform to get the information that they want. Pressure is mounting from both the public and in Washington for answers to be provided regarding Russia.
Considering the still early stages, this investigation looks to be one for the ages.