CNN learned about re Flynn’s refusal to testify in the Senate on the case of Russian intervention in elections in the United States
A former adviser to the U.S. President for national security Michael Flynn, who lost his post because of suspected ties with Russia once again refused to testify in the Senate in connection with the investigation of the alleged intervention of the Russian Federation in the presidential elections in the United States in 2016. It is reported by CNN , citing a source in the us Congress.
In may, Flynn has already received from the Senate a summons with a request to testify as a witness, however, refused to comply, citing the fifth amendment of the U.S. Constitution (it allows the American citizen not to testify against himself. – Approx. NEWSru.com). After that, the Senate Committee on intelligence sent Flynn re – treatment. However, according to source CNN, Flynn again refused.
To the testimony of Flynn also tried the select Committee on intelligence of the house of representatives of the United States, which conducts its own investigation of “RF interference” parallel to the Senate, recalled to CNN. Flynn previously said he was willing to speak to the congressmen, but asked to give him immunity, which was refused.
After the first Flynn’s refusal to testify was reported that the Senate can start the process of formally bringing him to justice for contempt of the inquiry. This will require a vote of the Senate intelligence Committee.
Recall that Flynn has resigned from the post of adviser to the President in February of this year after it was revealed that he misinformed the Vice President of the United States Mike Pence and other members of the administration about their communication with the then Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. Adviser to trump argued that he had not discussed with the Russian elections and the anti-Russian sanctions. However, later his press Secretary explained that Flynn “wouldn’t remember the fact that the discussion of sanctions, but can’t be sure that this subject never came up in conversations”.