Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Flynn associates subpoenaed in Russian Federation probe


The committee had announced it was prepared to use subpoena power when it first began the bipartisan probe in January.

The US Senate Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena on Wednesday demanding documents related to Russian Federation from President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn, ramping up its months' long investigation of Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

The subpoena came after Flynn declined to cooperate with the committee's request for papers on April 28, according to chairman Sen.

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Russian Federation has repeatedly denied interfering in the US election and the Trump administration denies allegations of collusion with Russian Federation.

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.

"No reasonable person, who has the benefit of advice from counsel, would submit to questioning in such a highly politicised, witch hunt environment without assurances against unfair prosecution", Mr Kelner had said.

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Burr is one of several prominent Republicans who have expressed strong doubts about the timing of Trump's action.

On Monday, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told senators that Flynn's misstatements about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the USA raised concerns that Flynn could be targeted for blackmail.

But Mr Burr also said the committee would continue to press ahead with its investigation wherever it leads.

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The announcement comes a day after the Trump administration fired James B. Comey from his post as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), citing his handling of a probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails as the reason for his termination.

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