Senate committee subpoenas former Trump
adviser Flynn over Russia
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[May 11, 2017]
By Patricia Zengerle
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate
Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena on Wednesday demanding
documents related to Russia from President Donald Trump's former
national security adviser Michael Flynn, ramping up its monthslong
investigation of Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.
In a joint statement, Senators Richard Burr, the committee's Republican
chairman, and Mark Warner, its top Democrat, said the committee had
first requested the documents from Flynn in a April 28 letter, but the
retired lieutenant general had declined, through counsel, to cooperate
with the committee's request.
It was the first subpoena announced by the committee in its
Warner said on Tuesday that the committee has been receiving documents
as it investigates allegations that Russia sought to influence the U.S.
election, something Moscow denies. But he told Reuters that some people
were not complying "so we were going to take next steps."
The Trump administration denies any collusion with Russia.
Flynn has been a focus of investigations into Russia and the election.
He was forced to resign in February as Trump's national security adviser
for failing to disclose the content of his talks with Sergey Kislyak,
Russia's ambassador to the United States, and then misleading Vice
President Mike Pence about the conversations.
Former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates testified at a
high-profile hearing on Monday that she had warned the White House in
January that Flynn had been compromised and could have been vulnerable
to blackmail by Russia.
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Former Defense Intelligence Agency Director retired Army Lt. Gen.
Michael Flynn, incoming White House national security adviser,
speaks at the U.S. Institute of Peace "2017 Passing the Baton"
conference in Washington, U.S., January 10, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri
The subpoena was announced a day after Trump abruptly fired FBI
Director James Comey, who had been leading the bureau's
investigation of Russia and the election. Comey's firing prompted a
storm of criticism from Democrats, who accused the president of
seeking to stall the probe.
Some of Trump's fellow Republicans, including Burr, also expressed
strong doubts about the timing of Trump's action.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Chris Reese and Bill
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