On Wednesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee issued a formal subpoena to Michael Flynn, a former National Security Advisor, for documents relating to his interactions with Russian officials. The subpoena became a necessary step after Robert Kelner, Flynn’s lawyer, told the committee that the information would not be provided based on the Committee’s April 28 request.
As reported by CNN, Senate intelligence committee member Sen James Lankford, a Republican, spoke with Fox News on Wednesday and confirmed the panel “subpoenaed a large number of documents.”
Lankford said, “[Flynn] didn’t turn those documents over, so we have subpoenaed those documents,” continuing, “We do expect them to be delivered to us.”
When asked by ABC News regarding the original document request, Kelner referred them back to an official statement released on March 30. In the statement, Flynn’s lawyer stated that “General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit.”
The statement continued, “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.”
Kelner’s statement, made on Flynn’s behalf, as took shots at the media for disseminating “unfounded allegations, outrageous claims of treason, and vicious innuendo directed against him.” He also targeted the members of Congress for making “unsubstantiated public demands” in regards to Flynn being “criminally investigated.”
The statement read, “No reasonable person, who has the benefit of advice from counsel, would submit to questioning in such a high politicized, witch hunt environment without assurances against unfair prosecution.
As reported by Time, Flynn was fired by President Donald Trump after only a few weeks in office. The White House states Flynn mislead top US officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, regarding previous communications with Russia’s US ambassador.
The FBI has also been looking into Flynn regarding his potential ties to Russia as part of a larger investigation regarding whether Trump’s campaign was involved in the election interference efforts spearheaded by Russia.