A look at Fifth Amendment protections invoked by Flynn

A look at Fifth Amendment protections invoked by Flynn

A look at Fifth Amendment protections invoked by Flynn

USPresident Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will decline to testify before or cooperate with a US Senate committee probing Russian interference in the 2016 elections and alleged collusion by Trump aides.

Flynn's letter to the Senate committee stressed that his decision to invoke his constitutional protection is not an admission of wrongdoing but rather a response to the current political climate in which Democratic members of Congress are calling for his prosecution.

AP cited a source close to the investigation, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private interactions between Flynn and the committee.

Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he meant to turn his information about Flynn over to Robert Mueller, named last week as a Department of Justice special counsel charged with investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. The documents could shed light on Flynn's financial relationship with Russian interests as well as the Turkish government for which the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency also performed paid lobbying work - payments that he later lied about receiving.

Flynn has sought immunity from "unfair prosecution" in exchange for his cooperation with the committee investigation, which he has so far not been granted.

Flynn, 68, is a central figure in the sweeping investigation into Russia's meddling in last year's USA election, allegedly for the objective of damaging Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and helping Trump, a Republican, win the White House.

According to NBC, Flynn also is a focus of a criminal investigation by the FBI, which is examining whether his failure to disclose several foreign relationships on his security clearance forms violated federal law. Trump has said he fired Flynn because he misled senior administration officials, including the vice president, about his contacts with Russian officials including Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

As many have said in recent months, Flynn's fate appears to be the grimmest of the four Trump associates who are entrenched within the Russian Federation probes, and this looks bad for Trump as more information comes to light.

The application for the judicial immunity order would have to be approved by a majority of the Senate or by a two-thirds vote of the full Intelligence Committee, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service noted in a May 12 report.

The letter from Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings cites a Report of Investigation from the Pentagon, which was conducted by investigators undertaking a review for Flynn's security clearance application.

In a statement, the Senate committee chairmen, Republican Richard Burr of North Carolina and Democrat Mark Warner of Virginia, said they were "disappointed" that Flynn chose to disregard the committee's subpoena request.

Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, was sacked from his position as Trump's national security adviser in February. Russian Federation has denied involvement, and Trump denies any collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.

At the end of July, the FBI launches an investigation into whether or not the Russian government ordered the DNC hack.

"You see, the mob takes the Fifth".

President Donald Trump past year slammed Hillary Clinton staffers who requested immunity or invoked their Fifth Amendment rights in response to requests to testify about the former secretary of state's private email server. "We need facts, not speculation & anonymous sources".

Legal experts had said Flynn was unlikely to turn over the documents without a grant of immunity because doing so might compel him to waive some of his constitutional protections.

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