Senate panel chairman: Flynn won't honor subpoena

Dianne Feinstein of California, a member of the intelligence committee.

Burr initially said Flynn was not complying with a subpoena issued by the committee before quickly walking back his remarks to reporters. Flynn, who had worked as Trump's national security adviser during the campaign and served in the White House for less than a month, has been at the center of the controversy.

He appeared to be serving two masters, the incoming president and Turkey, for whom he was a paid lobbyist.

On Feb. 13, Trump ordered Flynn to resign amid media reports that the national security adviser had lied to Pence about discussing us sanctions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016.

On March 30, Flynn offered to testify before both the House and Senate Intelligence Communities in exchange for immunity.

Despite the disclosure, Trump appointed Flynn as his national security adviser.

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The Russia investigation is now assured of remaining a mainstay of Washington political life for some time to come.

The Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller (MUHL'-ur) as a special counsel to lead a federal investigation into allegations that Donald Trump's campaign collaborated with Russian Federation to sway the 2016 election that put him in the White House.

While Flynn was asked to resign by President Donald Trump in February after former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates warned the White House that Russian Federation had leverage over him, Flynn was also the center of several major stories that broke on Wednesday and Thursday morning.

President Donald Trump is assailing the naming of a special counsel as "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" And that only could happen if the Senate voted to hold Flynn in contempt and forward the matter to the US Attorney's Office for prosecution. Mark Warner, D-Va., announced in a statement released last Wednesday that the committee had subpoenaed Flynn for documents, and noted they made the initial request for the documents in late April. At the time, Trump said he fired Flynn because he misled senior administration officials, including the vice president, about his contacts with Russian officials. A contempt of Congress resolution passed in the House of Representatives, but the United States attorney for the District of Columbia subsequently said that no charges against Lerner would be pursued.

"It's always nice to have less drama", Ryan said.

"If he's under criminal investigation ― I don't know whether he is or not ― Congress, we're not prosecutors", he added.

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