The development has widespread implications, including the survival of the Trump Administration.
In a development pregnant with political implications for the Trump presidency, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee has disclosed that it would subpoena two former national security adviser who are part of Michael Flynn’s businesses.
The move comes in the wake of Flynn declining to comply with a subpoena for documents in the panel’s probe of Russian involvement with Trump’s election campaign.
“While we disagree with General Flynn’s lawyers’ interpretation of taking the Fifth … it’s even more clear that a business does not have a right to take the Fifth,” said Senator Mark Warner, the panel’s vice chairman in reference to Flynn’s decision to invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
On Monday, Flynn’s attorney stated that his client declined to comply.
Flynn is a key witness in the investigation due to his ties to Russia.
Having assumed a position in the White House, Flynn was forced to resign from that position in February, after less than a month in the job, for failing to disclose the content of his talks with Sergei Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the United States; he has also been accused of misleading Mike Pence, the U.S. Vice President about the conversations.
“We’re taking options that we feel are appropriate right now,” said Republican Richard Burr.
He went on to add, a possible contempt of Congress is in the pipeline, however it will kick in once all other measures are exhausted.
“That’s not our preference today. We would like to hear from General Flynn. We would like to see his documents,” said Burr. “We would like him to tell his story because he publicly said: ‘I’ve got a story to tell.’ We’re allowing him that opportunity to tell it.”