The Senate Intelligence Committee is questioning why former national security adviser Michael Flynn invoked his 5th Amendment right as his reason to avoid the committee’s request to provide documents. Flynn refused to comply with a committee subpoena this week, which requested documents that would aid in the committee’s investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Intel committee Chair Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chair Mark Warner (D-VA) announced Tuesday that they will continue the attempt to obtain the documents from Flynn. Burr and Warner say they will be sending a written response to Flynn’s lawyers, questioning their rationale.
Flynn’s lawyers also claimed that the committee’s document request lacked specificity, according to Burr. The committee’s response to the lawyers will address that. “We have been very specific in the documents now that we have requested from General Flynn,” Burr said.
In addition to the information they’ve already requested, the committee leaders are also seeking to obtain documents from two of Flynn’s businesses, Flynn Intel, LLC and Flynn Intel, Inc., through separate subpoenas.
Warner said , “While we disagree with General Flynn’s lawyers interpretation of taking the 5th, it is even more clear that a business does not have the right to take the 5th if it’s a corporation.”
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