Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is so far not cooperating with the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has issued a subpoena for documents related to his interactions with Russian officials.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) told reporters Thursday that Flynn’s lawyers have yet to turn over any documents, although there “may be a day or two left” for them to do so.
“Michael Flynn has not cooperated with the committee up to this point,” Burr said, adding, however, that he has not received a “definitive answer” on whether Flynn and his lawyers will comply. Burr’s office put out an official statement from the senator an hour later, confirming what he told reporters.
“General Flynn’s attorneys have not yet indicated their intentions regarding the Senate Intelligence Committee’s subpoena,” Burr said in the statement. “Consistent with the Committee’s position since the beginning of (our) investigation, I welcome their willingness to cooperate.”
Flynn resigned in February, after it was revealed that he lied about whether he had substantive contacts with the Russian ambassador before President Donald Trump took office.
Burr declined to say whether he would recommend a contempt of Congress vote regarding Flynn, stating, “I’m not going to go into what we might or might not do. We’ve got a full basket of things we might want to test.” Flynn’s lawyer did not immediately return a request for comment.
A bit flustered by the confusion surrounding whether Flynn’s lawyers had responded to the committee yet, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the committee’s vice chairman, said he believes Burr’s comments that Flynn has more time to comply with the subpoena were correct.
“I think that is accurate. I believe that is correct,” Warner said, adding that he needed to check with staff. Warner said he hopes Flynn ultimately complies.
”My expectation would be with all of these stories about Gen. Flynn and challenges he faces I think it would be very appropriate that he comply,” Warner said. “At some point either through the Senate Intel or through the Justice Department we’re going to have to get these answers.”
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) didn’t want to get ahead of the intelligence committee leaders, but said he plans to look into “tools” the Senate can use to pressure Flynn.
“I feel very strongly about this, and what I’m going to make clear to both the chairman and the vice chairman is that I’m really going to go to the mat to make sure that he complies with the subpoena,” Wyden said.