Former National Security Adviser for President Donald Trump, Gen. Michael Flynn was formally subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday.
The Committee, led by Chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), confirmed that they requested documents that members of the committee consider relevant to its investigation into the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The Senators also noted asking Flynn for the documents in late April, stating that “he declined, through counsel, to coöperate with the Committee’s request.” Flynn’s lawyer referred to his statement released on March 30.
File – In this Feb. 1, 2017, File photo, then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. Flynn resigned as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser on Feb. 13, 201 (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
In the statement, Flynn’s lawyer wrote that “General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit.” “Out of respect for the Committees, we will not comment right now on the details of discussions between counsel for General Flynn and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, other than to confirm that those discussions have taken place. But it is important to acknowledge the circumstances in which those discussions are occurring,” the statement continued.”
Flynn’s Lawyer criticized the media in the statement. He accused the media of propagating “unfounded allegations, outrageous claims of treason, and vicious innuendo directed against him” and members of Congress for making “unsubstantiated public demands—that he be criminally investigated.”
“No reasonable person, who has the benefit of advice from counsel, would submit to questioning in such a highly politicized, witch hunt environment without assurances against unfair prosecution,” was also noted in the Lawyer’s statement.
Senator’s Burr and Warner stated that they consider their committee’s subpoena power as an available recourse. Burr was quoted on Tuesday by reporters,
“I think all options are on the table, and I think you can envision what those options are. I think the most severe would be a subpoena.” “I think that the vice chairman and I have, from the beginning, believed that we would make more progress faster with voluntary participation by witnesses, so we have gone to all lengths to exhaust their willingness to do that.”
The Intelligence Committee has not used its subpoena power, since the joint inquiry into the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. and the Committee has not requested subpoenaed documents since the 1970s.