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Flynn documents sought by Senate panel in Russian Federation probe

Flynn documents sought by Senate panel in Russian Federation probe

Committee chairman Republican Richard Burr had previously warned he would issue subpoenas for those who did not cooperate with the investigation.

The FBI and bipartisan congressional committees have opened investigations into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. "We expect the documents to be there and we expect to meet with him".

President Trump, who is facing a barrage of questions over why it took him so long to fire Michael Flynn as compared to FBI Director James Comey, has asserted that he didn't feel a sense of urgency in firing his national security adviser.

"We were concerned that the American people had been misled about the underlying conduct and what General Flynn had done", she said.

Yates, a holdover from President Barack Obama's administration, was sacked as the acting attorney general after refusing to enforce Trump's controversial executive order on immigration and refugees in January, shortly after Trump was sworn into office.

Mr Flynn, who was sacked from his White House position in February after lying about phone calls he had with Mr Sergey Kislyak, the Russian Ambassador to the U.S., is under investigation in Congress, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Pentagon over his dealings with Russians dating back to late 2005.




Earlier this week CNN reported that grand jury subpoenas were issued to several of Flynn's business associates.

"I believe that it would be very unfair to hear from somebody who we don't even know", the President said, referring to Yates, "and immediately run out and fire a general".

"And that created a compromise situation, a situation where the national security advisor essentially could be blackmailed by the Russians".

Holt also contrasted Flynn's delayed firing to how Trump handled Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's dismissal on Tuesday, a decision that was ostensibly made in one day, based on the date of letters to Trump from deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein and attorney general Jeff Sessions.

Mr. Trump himself also jumped in with a favored diversionary tactic, tweeting before the Senate committee hearing: "Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Counsel" - that is, Mr. McGahn. He and Mr Warner have invited Mr Comey to testify before the committee on May 16 in a closed session.


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