#AceNewsReport – May.24: The Senate Intelligence Committee is issuing two new subpoenas for information from former national security adviser and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s companies and challenging his lawyer’s refusal to comply with an existing subpoena for documents detailing his contacts with Russian officials, committee leaders announced Tuesday #AceNewsDesk report
Senate committee issues new subpoenas to Flynn’s businesses
Published on May 23, 2017 at 02:04PM by Karoun Demirjian, The Washington Post
A business does not have the right to take the Fifth,” Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the committee’s lead Democrat, told reporters as he and chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., pledged to “keep all options on the table.
Warner also said Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers “owe the committee some explanation” about the conversations they had with President Donald Trump in which, as The Washington Post reported, he asked them to pressure then-FBI Director James Comey to drop his investigation into alleged links between Trump’s campaign and transition teams and Kremlin officials. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, another panel member, said that if Flynn “had just refused to turn over documents without invoking his constitutional rights, then my approach would be to explore a contempt-of-Congress citation.”
While plenty of witnesses invoke the Fifth Amendment to avoid giving testimony, some senators and legal experts are skeptical that the Fifth Amendment can be applied to a request for documents. Flynn’s attorneys cited Mueller’s appointment as a reason against complying with the subpoena, concluding in a letter to Burr and Warner that it raised the chances Flynn’s testimony could be used against him, “giving rise to a constitutional right not to testify.” #AceNewsDesk
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