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Pressure mounts as Senate subpoenas Flynn again over Trump-Russia inquiry

Members of Senates investigation mention Flynn is experimenting his restrictions by ignoring their requests to turn over records, and inform he risks being held in contempt

Congressional investigates on Tuesday issued a fresh warn to Michael Flynn to turn over documents pertaining to the investigation of Russian interference in the US election, intensifying pressure on Donald Trumps former national protection consultant to either comply or risk being held in contempt.

Leaders of the Senate intelligence committee, which is overseeing one of the three separate inquiries into potential ties between Trumps campaign and Moscow, announced two new subpoenas for Flynns business records a period after he scorned earlier requests for documents by invoking his fifth amendment right against self-incrimination.

Senators Richard Burr and Mark Warner, the top Republican and Democrat on the panel, told reporters on Capitol hill they were considering all options available to make Flynns cooperation with their investigation. Among the possibilities, the senators accepted, was to hold Flynn in contempt of Congress, a criminal accuse, if he continued down the path of rejecting compliance.

The end of that alternative is a contempt accuse, Burr told. Thats not our preference today. We would like to hear from Gen Flynn.

Wed like to see his records, marriage like him to tell his tale because he publicly told, Ive got a tale to tell, Burr added. Were permitting him that opportunity.

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Mark Warner( privilege) and Richard Burr speak to the media. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/ EPA

Flynn was forced to resign in February following discoveries that he secretly examined US sanctions against Russia with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the US, and subsequently misled vice-president Mike Pence about the nature of their dialogue. Flynn be recorded in March he would share his testimony in return for immunity, a recommendation that has been flatly rejected by both the Senate and House intelligence committees and the FBI, the three parties with ongoing investigations into Russias efforts to meddle in the November election with the apparent aim of boosting Trumps candidacy.

It is not our plan today to present immunity, Burr told Tuesday.

Warner added that Flynns two Virginia-based companies, Flynn Intel LLC, and Flynn Intel Inc, did not got a right to plead the fifth, telling reporters: While we disagree with Gen Flynns lawyers interpretation of taking the fifth, it is even more clear that a business does not have a right to take the fifth. It is a corporation.

Other members of the Senate intelligence committee echoed the sentiment that Flynn was experimenting his restrictions by ignoring their requests.

I hope Gen Flynn decides to comply with our Intel Committee subpoena to develop business records, Florida senator Marco Rubio tweeted on Tuesday. Otherwise all options should be on table.

Marco Rubio (@ marcorubio)

I hope Gen.Flynn decides to comply with our Intel Committee subpoena to develop business records. Otherwise all options should be on table

May 23, 2017

Burr and Warner told Tuesday that they also sent a letter addressed to Flynns attorney attempting the legal rationale for his refusal to comply with their investigation.

Flynns attorney did not immediately return a request for comment.

Flynn has ignored several subpoena requests in relation to the three inquiries, even as his role in the complicated web of communications between Russia and associates of Trump has been further compounded by recent reports suggesting the president advised deposed FBI director James Comey and intelligence community to back off its investigations conducted by Flynn.

Adding to Flynns legal woes was a note liberated Monday by the top Democrat on the House oversight committee accusing him of misleading Pentagon investigates about payments he received from companies in Russia and his contacts with officials in Moscow while seeking a reclamation of his top-secret protection permission last year.

Flynn had already failed to disclose income from Russia amounting to tens of thousands of dollars while applying for permission to work in the Trump White House. Intentionally misleading federal investigates is a felony accuse that could result in possible incarcerate time.

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