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Michael Flynn is expected to receive a subpoenas issued by the House Intelligence Committee. | Getty

Flynn to get hit with House subpoena

05/24/2017 10:40 AM EDT

Updated 05/24/2017 11:05 AM EDT

The House will join the Senate in slapping subpoenas on Michael Flynn, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, whose panel is investigating Russia’s meddling in the presidential election, said he hoped the committee’s subpoenas to President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser would go out this week.

“We initially requested his voluntary participation,” Schiff said at a breakfast with reporters. “He declined. We are going to be subpoenaing him.”

Flynn’s lawyer, Robert Kelner, declined to comment.

Flynn has already rejected requests from the Senate Intelligence Committee for a list of his contacts with Russian officials in the run-up to the presidential campaign. Kelner said Monday that Flynn would invoke his Fifth Amendments rights against self-incrimination.

The Senate panel responded Tuesday by issuing two new subpoenas aimed at Flynn’s businesses, which committee leaders said they believe are not protected under the Fifth Amendment.

Schiff also said the committee was now receiving responses to requests for information from other witnesses. He declined to name those witnesses but said the committee “may be sending out subpoenas in tranches.”

 

Flynn has emerged as a key person of interest in both the House and Senate investigations, which are looking into whether Trump aides colluded with Moscow in Russia’s campaign to tilt the election to Trump.

A top Trump campaign surrogate, Flynn served as national security adviser for 24 days before being fired after it became clear he had misled his colleagues about discussing sanctions with Russia’s ambassador.

Josh Dawsey contributed to this report.

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