WASHINGTON—Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn intends to reject a Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena asking for documents related to his interactions with Russia and will instead invoke Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination, according to an Associated Press report Monday.
The subpoena was issued two weeks ago as part of the committee’s probe into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
Invoking the Fifth Amendment does not necessarily imply guilt.
IT specialists who aided Hillary Clinton in setting up a private server pleaded the Fifth during an investigation into the Democratic nominee’s email practices but were not ultimately charged.
Flynn has been at the center of scandals plaguing the White House.
The National Security Adviser was asked to resign after it was reported that conversations he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the Trump administration’s transition period were not accurately relayed to the transition team, including then-Vice President elect Mike Pence.
Flynn reportedly discussed lifting sanctions against the Russian government after telling the transition team the two men just engaged in pleasantries.
Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who was fired from her position after refusing to comply with the administration’s executive order restricting travel from seven predominantly Muslim nations, testified earlier this month that she had informed the White House about the details of Flynn’s conversation and warned he could be susceptible to blackmail from Russian officials.
Flynn has also come under fire for failing to disclose payments he received from Turkey to represent them while he was serving as an adviser to Trump’s campaign.
The New York Times reported that the transition team was notified about Flynn’s payment by his lawyers and a subsequent investigation, but Flynn was nevertheless elevated to a White House position.
More recently, the New York Times also reported that a memo from ousted FBI Director James Comey detailed a conversation between he and President Donald Trump, wherein the president asked the director to drop the investigation.
Flynn’s lawyers had previously said that Flynn would voluntarily testify in exchange for immunity, claiming that he had a story he was willing to tell.
The request was ultimately rejected by Congressional lawmakers.
The White House has not yet responded to Monday’s report.
This is a developing story …