Senate chairman: Flynn has not responded to subpoena

Senate chairman: Flynn has not responded to subpoena

Sen. Richard Burr, walking back an earlier statement, said Thursday that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's lawyers had yet to indicate how they'd respond to a subpoena related to the Senate Intelligence Committee's Russian Federation investigation.

"General Flynn's attorneys have not yet indicated their intentions regarding the Senate Intelligence Committee's subpoena", the Republican chairman of the panel said in a statement. "Consistent with the Committee's position since the beginning of [our] investigation, I welcome their willingness to cooperate".

The report, which cited two people familiar with the case, said Flynn informed the transition team's chief lawyer about the probe on January 4, much earlier than previously reported. "We'll figure out on General Flynn what the next step, if any, is". Richard Burr of North Carolina.

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For refusing to honor a Congressional committee's subpoena, Michael Flynn could be found in contempt of Congress. Reuters could not immediately verify the report.

The House Intelligence Committee also announced Thursday that it has requested documents from the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation related to Comey's dismissal and any conversations between Trump and the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, was sacked from his position as Trump's national security adviser in February.

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Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) didn't want to get ahead of the intelligence committee leaders, but said he plans to look into "tools" the Senate can use to pressure Flynn.

Though Flynn has left the Trump administration, the controversy surrounding him has not subsided as newly announced special counsel Robert Mueller, Congress and the FBI investigate potential collusion between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government.

The Justice Department declined to prosecute former Attorney General Eric Holder in 2012 when he skirted a congressional subpoena over a case where the ATF purposely allowed licensed firearms dealers to sell guns to illegal buyers hoping to track the weapons to Mexican drug cartels.

"If I were his lawyer, I'd probably be making the argument that if I'm under criminal investigation, you can not force me to compromise myself", Graham said.

Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last week, prompting some to call for an independent prosecutor to lead the investigation.