Former national protection consultant will turn over business and personal documents for the Senate intelligence committees investigation into election meddling
After initially rejecting, former national protection consultant Michael Flynn will provide documents to the Senate intelligence committee as part of its investigation into Russias meddling in the 2016 election, a person close to Flynn told the Associated Press.
Flynn will turn over documents related to two of his businesses as well as some personal documents the committee requested earlier this month, a person close to Flynn told. Flynn plans to produce documents by next week, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss Flynns private interactions with the committee.
The decision on Tuesday was the first signal that Flynn and the Senate panel have found common ground. Congressional examiners continue to press for key documents in the ongoing investigation, and the retired lieutenant general is trying to limit shattering disclosures that hostile Democratic lawmakers could use against him.
Flynn had previously invoked his fifth amendment safetyagainst self-incrimination in waning an earlier request from the committee. Flynns lawyers had argued the initial petition was too wide-ranging and would have required Flynn to turn over information that could have been used against him.
Flynns cooperation came as Donald Trumps personal attorney, Michael Cohen, scorned a request for documents as part of a House committees divide investigation into Russias election meddling and contacts with the Trump campaign.
Cohen, a longtime attorney for the Trump Organization, remains a personal solicitor for Trump. He served as a cable television surrogate for the Republican during the presidential campaign.
The House intelligence committees request for datum from Cohen came as the examiners continued to scrutinize each member of Trumps inner circle, including Flynn. Representative Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, said last week that a subpoena for Flynn from the House panel was likely.
I refused the invitation to participate as the request was poorly phrased, overly broad and not capable of being answered, Cohen told the Associated Press. I find it reckless and improper that any such requests sent to me was divulged by those working on the committee.
Cohen told ABC News Tuesday that he had been asked by both the House and Senate intelligence committees to provide information and testament about contacts he had with Russian officials.
Russian president Vladimir Putin said the allegations of Moscow meddling in the US presidential election were fiction developed by the Democrat in order to explain their loss. In an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro, Putin reaffirmed his strong refusal of Russian involvement in the hacking of Democratic emails. The interview was recorded during Putins Monday trip to Paris and liberated Tuesday.
Trump made a similar assertion in a tweet early Tuesday: Russian officials must be laughing at the US& how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News.
Cohens ties with Russian interests came up in February when the New York Times reported that Cohen helped to broker a Ukraine peace plan that would call for the was withdrawn by Russian troops from Ukraine and a referendum to let Ukrainians decide whether the members of the two countries seized by Russia in 2014 “mustve been” leased to Moscow. The Russian government denied knowing nothing about such a plan.
The Times reported that the armistice strategy was the operational activities of the Felix Sater, a business associate who has helped Trump try to find business in Russia, and Cohen.
Cohen was a fierce defender of Trump during the campaign, often haranguing probing reporters and famously objection a CNN reporter live on-air to name the specific polls that indicated then-candidate Trump behind his rival, Hillary Clinton.
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