Members of Senates investigation say Flynn is testing his limits by ignoring their requests to turn over documents, and warn he risks being held in contempt
Congressional investigators on Tuesday issued a fresh warning 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 adviser 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 rejected 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 compel Flynns cooperation with their investigation. Among the possibilities, the senators acknowledged, was to hold Flynn in contempt of Congress, a criminal charge, if he continued down the path of refusing compliance.
The end of that option is a contempt charge, Burr said. Thats not our preference today. We would like to hear from Gen Flynn.
Wed like to see his documents, wed like him to tell his story because he publicly said, Ive got a story to tell, Burr added. Were allowing him that opportunity.