Happening Now: Flynn Expected To Invoke 5th Amendment Right & Refuse To Testify In Senate
The national security adviser is expected to plead the Fifth and not testify in the caseWASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 04: Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, testifies during a hearing before the House (Select) Intelligence Committee February 4, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing to examine threats to the U.S. from all around the world. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn will decline the Senate Intelligence Committee’s request to testify regarding the U.S.-Russia investigation, various media outlets are reporting.
Flynn will invoke his Fifth Amendment right – protection against self-incrimination – and not testify, a decision he was expected to inform the panel of later today, Monday, May 22nd, according to Reuters.
The Senate panel, which is investigating possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 Presidential Election, also subpoenaed documents from Flynn regarding his interactions with Russia in April. Flynn declined the request.
Flynn resigned as national security advisor under President Donald Trump in February amid controversy that he misled the administration about the contents of a conversation he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Flynn served in the role for less than a month before the allegations arose that he offered misleading information to top White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, about whether or not he and Kislyak discussed lifting sanctions against Russia while he was still a private citizen before Trump took office.
In late April, a letter released by the House Oversight Committee revealed that the inspector general of the Department of Defense had opened up an investigation into Flynn after he was accused of accepting donations from Russia and not disclosing the information.