According to CNN, Michael Flynn, the retired General and President Trump’s former national security adviser, has refused a request to appear as a witness before the Senate intelligence committee. This is the continuation of a pattern of refusal to cooperate with congressional committees that began in May when Flynn first declined to comply with a Senate subpoena, asserting his Fifth Amendment rights. Reportedly, the Senate committee has “reiterated its request and Flynn has declined again.”
The Senate intelligence committee, chaired by Republican Richard Burr and Democrat Mark Warner, has “sought testimony from Flynn as part of its investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US elections, as well as whether Trump associates had any involvement.” In February Flynn resigned from the White House amid a scandal over his communications with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.
Separately, Mr. Flynn has also been subpoenaed by the House intelligence committee, which is conducting a parallel probe into Russia’s election meddling. Earlier in March, Flynn had offered to testify before both the Senate and House intelligence committees in exchange for immunity, however neither committee accepted the offer. At the time, Flynn’s lawyer responded to press reports by acknowledging that “General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit.”
The Senate intelligence committee’s stance appears unchanged as its Chairman, Richard Burr, stated that the they have ruled out considering Flynn’s request to testify in exchange for immunity.