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Michael Flynn not cooperating in Senate Intelligence Committee's Russian Federation probe

Michael Flynn not cooperating in Senate Intelligence Committee's Russian Federation probe

The chairman of the Senate intelligence committee said Thursday that ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn hasn't responded to a subpoena from the panel in its probe of Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

When Flynn's lawyer, Robert Kelner, said Flynn would not be turning over the documents, the committee did what any good committee would do: It issued a congressional subpoena for the documents. The move came after Flynn's lawyer refused to provide documents in response to their April 28 request for this information.

'Consistent with the committee's position since the beginning of (our) investigation, I welcome their willingness to cooperate, ' Burr said in his two-sentence statement. The subpoena reportedly covers a "large number of documents" relating to "his interactions with Russian officials".

Burr's statement walks back a comment hours earlier he made to reporters that Flynn would not cooperate with the intelligence committee's subpoena request.

The committee said Thursday it sent a letter requesting material from the FBI and Justice Department related to its ongoing counterintelligence investigation. President Trump brought him on anyway.

Last month, the top Democratic and Republican members of the House Oversight Committee announced that Trump's failure to disclose the payments he received from foreign governments likely constituted a violation of USA law.

Flynn, who served as a key adviser to Trump during his presidential campaign and transition and ended up in a top White House post, albeit briefly, has become a key figure in the probe into Russia's role in the election and whether it colluded with Trump's campaign.

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The Senate subpoenaed the former National Security Adviser last week as part of an investigation of President Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation. But he told reporters Thursday in Cyprus that he doesn't understand what the "secret" was, since the USA introduced a ban on laptops on airlines from some Middle Eastern countries two months ago.

Amid Justice interest, Trump formally chose Flynn as his national security adviser.

Flynn resigned in February, after it was revealed that he lied about whether he had substantive contacts with the Russian ambassador before President Donald Trump took office.

Flynn is faced with mounting legal bills, and held a meeting with friends to try to spur more work for his lobbying firm.

Because Congress can not force U.S. Attorneys to do its bidding, if a U.S. Attorney refuses-as the U.S. Attorney who received the contempt certification against Holder did-it might have to fall back on its inherent contempt authority.

He has been under scrutiny for accepting payments from Russian Federation and Turkey and allegedly misleading the government about them.