Stone vows to cooperate with Senate committee

Raquel Nash
May 15, 2017

The Senate intelligence committee has subpoenaed Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn for documents related to the panel's investigation into Russia's election meddling.

In a joint statement on Wednesday (11 May), Senators Richard Burr, the committee's Republican chairman, and Mark Warner, its top-ranking Democrat, announced the subpoena after Flynn failed to meet the original 9 May deadline. "The subpoena requests documents relevant to the Committee's investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 elections".

It is not clear what if anything the Obama administration knew about those payments, but Obama warned Trump against hiring Flynn as national security advisor, according to multiple officials from the former administration.

Flynn has become a major focus of several congressional investigations into Russian Federation and the election.

Flynn attorney Robert Kelner declined comment.

Mr Flynn, who was sacked from his White House position in February after lying about phone calls he had with Mr Sergey Kislyak, the Russian Ambassador to the USA, is under investigation in Congress, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Pentagon over his dealings with Russians dating back to late 2005.

Shortly before leaving office, former President Barack Obama imposed additional sanctions on Russian Federation after receiving information from the intelligence community suggesting the country tried to sabotage Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign. Trump said of Yates' admonishments about Flynn: "She actually didn't make it sound that way either in the hearings the other day - like it had to be done immediately".

The White House has defended Flynn against any allegations of wrongdoing, saying only that his resignation was appropriate due to his conduct with Pence.

Trump flatly said that he had made a decision to fire Comey even before receiving a recommendation from the deputy attorney general. According to multiple accounts in United States media, the latter was the reason behind Trump's stunning firing of Comey on Tuesday.

So he still has a story that he's going to tell us all some day, but only when the time is right and the circumstances permit?

The interview on Fox comes after a week of intense scrutiny of Trump following his unexpected dismissal of Comey. Many Democrats and a few Republicans found the timing of the firing suspect, since it comes as the FBI is investigating Trump's campaign and transition team for alleged collusion with Russian Federation.

"I think Mike Flynn is somebody who honorably served our country in uniform for over 30 years", White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters this week.

Other reports by TheDigitalNewspaper

Discuss This Article