Two Of Michael Flynn's Businesses Slapped With Subpoenas

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WASHINGTON ― The House intelligence committee is preparing to issue subpoenas against Michael Flynn after the former national security adviser denied a request to voluntarily turn over documents related to the committee's Russian Federation probe.

Warner said the subpoenas to Flynn Intel LLC and Flynn Intel Inc. were being issued on the premise that companies can not similarly invoke the 5th Amendment right not to testify, as the former NSA chief did.

Burr said the committee also sent a letter to Flynn lawyer Robert Kelner, challenging them on the claim that Flynn could assert Fifth Amendment rights in lieu of handing over documents.

Warner, a Democrat, said that the subpoenas were issued Tuesday afternoon for Flynn Intel, LLC. and Flynn Intel, Inc., two Alexandria, Va. -based consulting firms that Flynn started after he left the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014.

Flynn invoked the Fifth Amendment and rejected the committee's subpoena request for documents relating to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election earlier this week.

Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.) announced their decision as the committee continues to pursue Flynn's assistance in the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible links to Trump's campaign.

The announcement came a day after Flynn's lawyer notified the committee that Flynn would not appear and would not produce the documents, citing the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gives a person the right to avoid self-incrimination. "At the end of that option is a contempt charge, and I've said that everything is on the table".

"If in fact there's not a response, we'll seek additional counsel advice on how to proceed forward", Sen. The committee is leaving open the possibility to filing contempt charges against Flynn later if he refuses to comply. His attorney said he anxious that if he handed over the requested documents, some of that could be used to prosecute him.

"That's not our preference today", Burr told reporters. "He declined. We are going to be subpoenaing him".

"So we need to take a look at some of the financial issues to try to determine whether the Russians used money to try to entangle USA persons, as a way of influencing their conduct", Schiff said.

But immunity is not on the table.

The decision is part of the investigation into whether Russian Federation was involved in the United States election, according to Reuters.

Also Wednesday, former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page told The Associated Press that he will testify next month before the House intelligence committee.

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