Michael Flynn Won’t Comply with Senate’s Subpoena and Will Take the Fifth

Michael Flynn To Take the 5th and Decline Subpoena

The Associated Press reported Monday, that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had decline the subpoena issued by the Senate Intelligence Committee for documents relating to his business relationship with Russia and their interference in the Presidential race in the United States. It is also reported that Flynn will protect himself against self-incrimination by asserting his 5th Amendment rights. Flynn has asked for immunity in exchange for his testimony.

Flynn has been at the center of the controversy relating to Russian influence on the campaign of Donald Trump for President and after he was elected. Flynn had spoken to the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak after the election of Trump reassuring Russian officials that the sanctions placed against the Russian government by the Obama Administration would be rescinded. The reason given for Flynn’s firing was that he had lied to the Vice-President about the subject of the conversations. Sally Yates, then Acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, informed the Trump administration of the fact that Flynn had been dishonest and could be compromised by the Russians.

Flynn’s attorney, Robert Kelner, also told the panel last month he would not provide documents in response to an April request. The case against Flynn was back in the news last week, as it was revealed that former FBI Director, James Comey, had written memos about the President who discussed with Comey ending the investigation. While Trump was a candidate for President he had some of this sharpest criticism for those in the Clinton staff who took the 5th or asked for immunity. Trump stated, “So there are five people taking the Fifth Amendment, like you see on the mob, right? You see the mob takes the Fifth. If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?”

According to numerous news sources, Russian operatives spoke openly boasting that during the 2016 election that they could use their relationship with Michael Flynn to make inroads with President Donald Trump and his associates. It was revealed that Flynn had failed to disclose a $33,000 payment he received from Russia’s state-owned news network in 2015 on security-clearance forms last year by the House Oversight Committee last month.

Paul Manafort and Carter Page, who are two of Trump’s former campaign associates are also under FBI investigation for their ties to Russia. It was also announced that former FBI Director Comey will appear and give public testimony to the Senate intelligence committee sometime shortly after Memorial Day next week. Comey’s testimony is supposed to answer questions surrounding his sudden firing and to answer questions as to whether the White House pressured Comey into dropping the Russian investigation. The President has repeatedly called the investigation fake news and an excuse that Democrats made up due to their unlikely loss in November. The President appears to believe that these investigations are to take away the legitimacy of his Presidency.

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