Ex-CIA chief concerned over Trump campaign Kremlin contacts

The leaders of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said on Tuesday they would subpoena two of former national security adviser Michael Flynn's businesses after Flynn declined to comply with a subpoena for documents in the panel's Russian Federation probe.

Brennan's testimony before the House intelligence committee on Tuesday comes one day after Flynn invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination in response to a subpoena from the Senate intelligence committee. Flynn invoked the Fifth Amendment against incriminating himself, which Georgetown Law Professor Julie O'Sullivan told USA Today would be taken by many as an admission of guilt, even though it is not.

One subpoena has been served and another is in the process of being served, he added.

The Senate committee asked Flynn and three other Trump campaign associates for documents, including lists of meetings he had with the Russians during the campaign.

Washington lawyer Nina Ginsberg, who has extensive national security law experience, said that if Flynn turned over any personal records in response to the committee's subpoena, he would waive his Fifth amendment rights regarding those documents and have to testify about them.

On another important piece of the investigation - the upcoming testimony of fired FBI Director James Comey - Warner expressed confidence that his committee will get Comey's side of the story, despite the Justice Department's decision to appoint a special counsel to lead the FBI investigation.

"I hope Gen.Flynn decides to comply with our Intel Committee subpoena to produce business documents".

Cummings and other Democrats have blasted Trump and his team for failing to more carefully check Flynn's background before they brought him to the White House, while the Trump administration has attempted to blame the Obama administration for failing to properly vet Flynn earlier. We would like to hear from General Flynn.

The top two leaders of the Senate intelligence committee are leaving the door open to holding Michael Flynn in contempt of Congress after President Trump's former national security adviser said he would invoke his Fifth Amendment rights rather than comply with a subpoena.

The dual testimonies and new allegations that Flynn appeared to lie to federal security clearance investigators continue to keep Russian Federation in the headlines, even as Trump tried to distance himself from the Russian Federation investigation with his first global trip as president.

Flynn was forced to resign on February 13, admitting in his resignation letter that he had mistakenly provided "incomplete information" to Vice President Mike Pence, who initially insisted during TV interviews that Flynn had not discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador.

Flynn's letter comes less than two weeks after the committee issued a subpoena for his documents as part of its ongoing investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign.

Excerpts were released by Representative Elijah Cummings, ranking Democrat on the House committee. According to Cummings, Flynn told investigators he had only "insubstantial contact" with foreign nationals over the previous seven years and he did not detail the names of any foreign officials he had met.

Flynn also claimed to investigators he had no substantial contacts with foreign government officials, saying he only had "insubstantial contact", but photos from the event showed Flynn sitting near Putin at that 2015 RT dinner. You see the mob takes the Fifth.

Ginsberg also noted that the committee faces new complications from the Justice Department's move last week to appoint Mueller as special counsel in the Russian Federation inquiry.

Corporations are not subject to Fifth Amendment protections, providing committee leaders with an alternative avenue to obtain the information they want. Trump said during a September campaign rally in Iowa.

The FBI is also conducting a counterintelligence investigation into Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. "We need facts, not speculation & anonymous sources". He also turned down an April 28 request that was similar to ones received by other Trump associates, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Trump associate Roger Stone and former foreign policy adviser Carter Page.

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