WASHINGTON – The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has ordered former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to hand over records related to the Russia investigation, according to a statement on the committee’s website.
Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Ranking Member Mark Warner (D-Va.) said in the Wednesday statement that the subpoena was issued in response to Flynn refusing to comply with an April 28 request for the records.
Earlier this week CNN reported that grand jury subpoenas were issued to several of Flynn’s business associates.
Flynn resigned in February following reports that he had diplomatically engaged Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak prior to President Donald Trump taking office and that Flynn misled Vice President Mike Pence about that conversation.
Those reports suggested that Flynn may have given Kislyak the impression that the incoming administration might be willing to consider lifting sanctions that were imposed on Moscow following Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, a Ukrainian territory.
Shortly before leaving office, former President Barack Obama imposed additional sanctions on Russia after receiving information from the intelligence community suggesting the country tried to sabotage Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Flynn has more recently come under scrutiny for failing to disclose on his security clearance application payments he received from Russian media outlets.
Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Monday told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee that she warned the Trump administration 18 days before Flynn’s termination that the retired lieutenant general may have been vulnerable to Russian blackmail.