Retired Gen. Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former National Security Adviser, is keeping silent and refusing a new request to appear as a witness with the Senate Intelligence Committee, a source told CNN.
Flynn previously declined to comply with a Senate subpoena in May, using his 5th Amendment privilege. The committee restated their request, and Flynn refused a 2nd time. The Senate Intelligence Committee wants his testimony as a part of their investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections and possible collusion with Trump associates.
Flynn resigned from the White House in February in the wake of controversy over his communications with the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. He has also been subpoenaed by the House Intelligence Committee which is leading a separate investigation. He did offer to testify in front of both committees in exchange for immunity, but that offer was not accepted.
In June according to CNN, Flynn gave more than 600 pages of documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee. Those documents included business records and personal documents “based on the narrowed requests from the committee.” He gave them over in response to two subpoenas from the committee that were sent to Flynn businesses after he invoked his 5th Amendment rights.
Additionally, House Democrats sent special counsel Robert Mueller what they say is evidence that former national security adviser Michael Flynn failed to disclose a trip he took to the Middle East to explore a business deal with the Saudi government and a Russian government agency.
The Democrats allege the retired Army lieutenant general broke the law by omitting the trip, according to the letter they sent to Flynn’s former business partners requesting more information about his overseas travels and contacts.
Richard Burr (R-N.C.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that they have ruled out considering Flynn’s request for immunity.
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