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Former Director Flynn ‘Not Cooperating’ With Senate Panel Probing Russian Links

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn “is not cooperating” with the Senate Intelligence Committee by ignoring a subpoena to testify about the Russian scandal, according to the panel’s chairman.

However, The Hill reported that Chairman Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, told reporters Thursday he had not received a “definitive” response to the subpoena from attorneys representing Flynn. “I may have been premature,” Burr said. “”There may be a day or two left.” The senator explained that Flynn’s lawyers had “have not yet indicated their intentions.” He said he would “welcome their willingness to cooperate.” The former national security adviser’s legal team did not return calls from reporters seeking a comment on Burr’s statements.

The committee is pressuring Flynn to turn over documents related to the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign’s possible collusion. Flynn, a senior adviser to the campaign who got the White House national-security position in January, was forced to resign the following month due to the revelation that he had spoken with Russia’s ambassador to the United States several times before the election. He allegedly promised the envoy that Trump would lift sanctions that former President Obama imposed on Russia in retaliation for the election tampering, then lied to Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials about the conversations.

Recent reports have accused Flynn of receiving payments from the Russian and Turkish governments. In December 2015, he accepted $45,000 for a speech to the RT television network in Moscow. News coverage of the event showed the former U.S. general sitting beside Putin. The Hill noted that the Constitution forbids such payments to retired U.S. military officials.

Flynn initially agreed to appear before the Senate and House intelligence committees, but insisted on getting immunity from criminal charges. The Senate panel has asked other Trump associates to testify, as well. A key figure is Paul Manafort, who stepped down as chairman of the Trump campaign in August because of his Russian connections. Manafort worked as an adviser to a Ukrainian official who was closely allied with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Others who have received subpoenas from the committee include Carter Page, a former foreign-policy adviser to candidate Trump; and Roger Stone, who also worked on the campaign. Senators want to know about any contacts the president’s team had with representatives of the Russian government between June 2015, when Trump launched his White House bid; and the Jan. 20 inauguration. In addition, the committee has requested information about the Trump associates’ financial and real-estate dealings with Russia.

Source: The Hill
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