On Wednesday, the Senate intelligence committee issued a subpoena to President Donald Trump’s former National Security Advisor Gen. Michael Flynn in order to obtain documents regarding Flynn’s interactions with Russian officials that his lawyer, Robert Kelner, told the Senate panel would not be handed over in response to a request on April 28.
The announcement was made in a joint statement from Republican Senator Richard Burr from North Carolina and Democratic Senator Mark Warner from Virginia.
“The subpoena requests documents relevant to the Committee’s investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 elections,” the statement reads.
Republican Senator James Lankford, who is on the committee, told Fox News on Wednesday that the panel had “subpoenaed a large number of documents.”
“He didn’t turn those documents over, so we have subpoenaed those documents,” he said. “We do expect them to be delivered to us.”
Flynn resigned as national security advisor under President Trump in February amid controversy that he misled the administration about the contents of a conversation he had with Russian ambassador to the U.S. 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 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.