Trump lawyers push back against Russia ties in letter

May 14, 2017, 02:16
Trump lawyers push back against Russia ties in letter

The assessment comes amid a mushrooming crisis for the Trump team as questions swirl over why the president fired his FBI director, who was overseeing an investigation into Russian election meddling and possible connections between Trump campaign associates and Russia past year. Mark Warner, the committee's Democratic vice chairman, say the panel had first requested the documents from Flynn on April 28. The committee is investigating Russia's attempts to influence the USA election.

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

In March, the committee rejected Flynn's request for immunity if he testified before the committee.

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Flynn's attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the subpoena. Flynn has reportedly offered to testify in the probe into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

Flynn resigned in February following reports that he had diplomatically engaged Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak prior to President Donald Trump taking office and that Flynn misled Vice President Mike Pence about that conversation.

Investigators have been looking into whether Flynn properly disclosed payments from clients with links to foreign governments, including Russian Federation and Turkey, CNN said.

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"I've said from the beginning that our intentions are to get information from all the individuals of interest, and I will go to whatever lengths I feel necessary", Burr said in a brief hallway interview at the Capitol, hours before Trump fired Comey on Tuesday.

He is also the senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

"The first thing we did was to explain to Mr. McGahn that the underlying conduct that Gen. Flynn has engaged in was problematic in and of itself", Yates said.

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