WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate intelligence committee has subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn for documents related to the panel’s investigation into Russia’s election meddling.
Sen. Richard Burr, the Republican chairman, and Sen. Mark Warner, the committee’s Democratic vice chairman, say the panel had first requested the documents from Flynn on April 28. They say Flynn’s lawyer declined to cooperate with the request.
Flynn was fired by Trump after less than a month on the job. The White House said he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top officials about his communications with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.
Flynn’s Russia ties are also being scrutinized by the FBI as it investigates whether Trump’s campaign was involved in Russia’s election interference.
Flynn is also at odds with a former Turkish client over two unusual payments totaling $80,000 that Flynn’s firm sent back last year to the client. The disagreement highlights inconsistencies in Flynn’s accounts to the government about his work for foreign interests.
Flynn Intel Group told the Justice Department in March the two $40,000 payments were consulting fees for unspecified work. Turkish businessman Ekim Alptekin told The Associated Press the payments were refunds for unperformed lobbying.
The difference matters because Flynn’s foreign relationships and the veracity of his disclosures are under scrutiny by government inquiries.
Flynn’s Justice Department filing did not disclose a verbal agreement that Alptekin says guided those refunds. Federal law requires disclosure of all written and verbal contracts and modifications.
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