Members of Senates investigation tell Flynn is testing his limits by ignoring their requests to turn over documents, and advise he risks being held in contempt
Congressional investigators on Tuesday issued a fresh warn to Michael Flynn to turn over documents pertaining to the investigation of Russian interference in the US election, escalating pressure on Donald Trumps former national security consultant to either comply or risk being held in contempt.
Leaders of the Senate intelligence committee, which is overseeing one of the three separate inquiries into potential ties between Trumps campaign and Moscow, announced two new subpoenas for Flynns business records a day after he repudiated earlier requests for documents by invoking his fifth amendment right against self-incrimination.
Senators Richard Burr and Mark Warner, the top Republican and Democrat on the panel, told reporters on Capitol hill they were considering all options available to oblige Flynns cooperation with their investigation. Among the possibilities, the senators recognise, was to hold Flynn in contempt of Congress, a criminal charge, if he continued down the road of refusing compliance.
The end of that alternative is a contempt charge, Burr told. Thats not our preference today. We would like to hear from Gen Flynn.
Wed like to see his documents, marriage like him to tell his narrative because he publicly told, Ive got a narrative to tell, Burr added. Were allowing him that opportunity.