Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was issued a summons to turn over documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday, setting up what could be dramatic revelations over the panel’s probe of alleged Russian meddling in the November 2016 presidential election.
Neither Mr. Flynn, nor his attorney, Mark Kelner, commented on the summons, which includes a “large number of documents” related to Flynn’s communications and dealing with Russian officials.
Flynn, a former U.S. Army officer who also served the Obama administration, is not required to appear in front of the committee to offer testimony; the writ requests Flynn provide all relevant documents related to the nature of its inquiry only.
Former Trump campaign aides Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and Carter Page have also been subpoenaed regarding the investigation of Russia’s influence in the U.S. election.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and the panel’s top Democrat, Mark Warner (D-Va.) issued a statement Wednesday revealing they had previously requested documents connected to its ongoing probe, but Flynn had declined.
NBC News reported Wednesday that the committee is also seeking information from the Treasury Department about a $10 million fine levied against the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J., for breaking money laundering provisions laid out in the Bank Secrecy Act and if individuals associated with the Kremlin have invested in Trump properties.
“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 Tuesday.
Flynn served as President Trump’s National Security Advisor for 24 days and resigned on Feb. 13, after reports surfaced he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence regarding post-election conversations held with Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.
Following Flynn’s departure, it was revealed he had not disclosed thousands of dollars in speaking fees to Russian-owned news agencies. Similarly, Flynn has been revealed to have conducted lobbying on behalf of the government of Turkey without registering as a foreign agent.
Flynn later registered as a foreign lobbyist and had briefly entered into negotiations with both the Senate and House intelligence committees over the possibility of his appearance, but talks failed over Congress’ refusal to grant Flynn immunity.
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