Senate intel chairman: No decision from Flynn on honoring subpoena


Sen. Richard Burr, walking back an earlier statement, said Thursday that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's lawyers had yet to indicate how they'd respond to a subpoena related to the Senate Intelligence Committee's Russian Federation investigation.

"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.

Burr told reporters earlier Thursday about the response from Flynn's lawyer. "But we will figure out on Gen. Flynn what the next step, if any, is". Washington was abuzz with speculation Thursday about his role, driven by a McClatchy report that as a Trump adviser Flynn had rejected an Obama administration Syria war plan that was opposed by Turkey, whose interests Flynn later acknowledged he'd been paid to represent. Richard Burr of North Carolina.

Flynn's attorney Robert Kelner did not immediately respond to phone messages and emails seeking comment.

Though Flynn has left the Trump administration, the controversy surrounding him has not subsided as newly announced special counsel Robert Mueller, Congress and the FBI investigate potential collusion between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) of the Senate Intelligence Committee have publicly said that so far they have seen no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

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White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn walks down the White House colonnade on the way to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Trump's joint news conference at the White House.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said President Donald Trump must turn away from daily controversies and toward handling issues.

Flynn had previously offered to testify before the Senate and House Intelligence committees - which are both investigating Russian interference in the election - in exchange for immunity, but it does not appear that either committee has accepted the offer.

The district court route would entail the Senate passing a resolution authorizing civil action that could lead to Flynn being charged with contempt of court.

"The criminal contempt process takes forever - you vote [for] it and then it goes to the US attorney and he has to decide what to do with it", senior counsel Stanley Brand of the Akin Gump firm told Politico.