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Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenas Flynn for documents in Russia probe

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The Senate Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena on Wednesday for former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The subpoena seeks documents relevant to the committee’s investigation into any potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russian government. The committee asked Flynn and several other former Trump advisers for the documents on April 28.

Flynn declined, through his lawyer, to provide the records, North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr and Virginia Sen. Mark Warner said in a statement.

Burr and Warner, the chairman and ranking member of the committee, respectively, requested that Flynn and former Trump advisers Cater Page, Roger Stone and Paul Manafort provide records of any communications they had with Russian government officials and Russian businessmen during the presidential campaign. They also sought information about any financial or real estate investments in Russia.

Burr and Warner issued a thinly veiled subpoena threat last week against Page, an energy consultant who held a small advisory role on the campaign. In a response letter to the lawmakers, Page referred to the document request as “cumbersome chores.”

The deadline given for some records was May 9 and May 19 for others.

“Should Mr. Page choose to not provide the material requested by those dates, the Committee will consider its next steps at that time,” Burr and Warner said last week.

The subpoena for Flynn is one of the several negative developments this week for the retired lieutenant general.

On Tuesday, CNN reported that federal grand jury subpoenas have been issued in the Easter District of Virginia for Flynn business associates.

The subpoenas seek records related to Flynn’s dealings with the Russian the Turkish government. Flynn received $45,000 from the Russia-owned news outlet, RT, to appear at a gala in Dec. 2015. He was also paid $530,000 last year by a businessman linked to the Turkish government, all while serving as an adviser to the Trump campaign.

On Monday, former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates testified that Flynn may have been vulnerable to blackmail attempts by the Russian government because of conflicting statements he made about phone calls he had with Russia’s ambassador in December.

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