Michael Flynn refused to give in US Congress testimony about the relationship of the team trump with Russia
A former adviser to the U.S. President for national security Michael Flynn, who resigned because of suspicions of links with Russia, refused to testify to the Senate intelligence Committee as part of the investigation on the interaction of the team of Donald trump with Russian officials. Agency reports AP with a reference to the chair of the Senate intelligence Committee Richard Burr.
Thursday, may 18, the Senator told reporters that he received a notification from attorney Flynn. At that, Burr said that the decision of former team member trump didn’t surprise him. “We will decide what to do with Flynn, if necessary”, – he said.
Now the Senate can start the process of formally bringing Flynn to justice for contempt of the inquiry. This will require a vote of the Senate intelligence Committee.
– Reuters learned on the 18 previously unknown contacts associates trump with the Russian authorities
Note that earlier, when Congress started talking about the investigation against Flynn, he asked to grant him immunity in exchange for testimony about the Russian intervention in the US elections. However, the intelligence Committee rejected his request.
Flynn was dismissed from the post of national security Advisor with the scandal. In December, during talks with the Russian Ambassador to the USA Sergei Kislyak discussed the issue of anti-Russian sanctions imposed by the Obama administration late last year. The media then reported that Flynn allegedly gave the Kremlin a signal that Moscow can count on the easing of restrictive measures.
Sam Flynn at first categorically denied that in conversations with the Ambassador of the Russian Federation has raised the subject of sanctions, but later his press Secretary explained that the adviser to trump “not remember the fact that the discussion of sanctions, but can’t be sure that this subject never came up in conversations”. On the evening of 13 February, trump accepted the resignation of Flynn. In a statement, the White house said about the loss of confidence in the President to the officials.
After nearly a month after the resignation of Flynn the New York Times reported that he in secret from his leadership led the lobbying in favor of Turkey in exchange for the money.
Even before the appointment of the adviser Lieutenant-General in retirement, was hired Turkish entrepreneur Akimom Alptekin with ties to the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. For lobbying for Flynn received a 530 thousand dollars. His contract expired in November 2016.
However, only in early March 2017, after the dismissal from the post of EA, Flynn revealed this fact in the Declaration in the registration of foreign agents of the U.S. Department of justice. According to documents, Flynn has received 530 thousand dollars for the work, “which can be interpreted as brought mainly benefit Turkey.” Under us law failure to register as a foreign agent is a Federal crime.
In early may, the American media reported that former US President Barak Obama has recommended that Trump not hire Michael Flynn as an Advisor in the area of national security. According to CNN, Obama’s admonishment regarding Flynn was made during a meeting with trump on November 10, two days after the presidential election.