The Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed any Russia-related documents from former national security adviser Michael Flynn for its continuing probe into the Kremlin’s efforts to manipulate the 2016 election.
The legal order, announced by the panel’s bipartisan leaders Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Mark Warner (R-Va.), went out Wednesday after Flynn’s attorneys informed the panel they would not cooperate with the probe unless the embattled former general was granted immunity, a congressional source told POLITICO.
Flynn had been asked, along with a spate of other former and current Trump associates, at the end of last month to provide the Intelligence Committee with any documents potentially related to the panel’s Russia probe. The investigation is examining, among other questions, whether Flynn or other Trump associates had improper contact with the Russian government throughout the course of the campaign or the transition period.
Former Trump advisor Carter Page has also been asked to provide documents to the committee. He, too, has suggested he won’t cooperate. Unlike Flynn, though, Page has been engaging directly with the panel frequently via email. Page has not yet been subpoenaed.
The announcement comes just 24 hours after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who was running a parallel counterintelligence investigation into alleged ties between Trump’s associates and the Russian government, sparking immediate bipartisan outrage and accusations that Trump was obstructing the FBI’s probe.
Comey’s ouster also leaves the Senate’s inquiry without a key ally. Despite criticism of his handling of the Clinton email investigation, Comey was widely seen as an amenable partner in the probe.