Flynn to invoke Fifth Amendment rights in response to senate probe

Flynn's decision was the second time he has declined to cooperate with requests for documents from the Senate committee.

And legal experts have said invoking the Fifth Amendment would be a wise decision for him.

The retired lieutenant-general, a key witness in the Russian Federation probe, planned to inform the panel of his decision later yesterday, the reports said.

Washington lawyer Nina Ginsberg told the AP that if Mr Flynn turned over any personal records in response to the committee's subpoena, he would waive his Fifth Amendment rights regarding those documents and have to testify about them. Earlier this month, the committee asked Flynn and other Trump associates for lists of meetings and notes taken during the presidential campaign.

The Senate committee first requested documents from Flynn in an April 28 letter, but he declined to cooperate with the request.

A letter released by Congressman Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, says that Michael Flynn misled investigators at the Pentagon about "his income from Russian companies and contacts with Russian officials".

Flynn, according to Cummings, also told Defense Department investigators that he had not taken any money from Russian Federation, had not received any benefits from a foreign country, had no connections with any foreign government officials and had had only insubstantial contact with foreign officials.

"We will be responding to the Senate Intelligence Committee today", a source close to Flynn tells NPR's Mary Louise Kelly.

Flynn had been ordered by the Senate Intelligence Committee to hand over emails and other records related to any dealings with Russians as part of that panel's investigation into Russian election meddling.

Also Monday, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said documents already in the House Oversight Committee's possession appear to indicate that Flynn may have lied to investigators past year when they were conducting a background check for his top-level security clearance.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Sen. The Associated Press reported Flynn is expected to plead the Fifth Amendment as opposed to complying with the panel's subpoena. Former U.S. intelligence officials such as Flynn often keep their clearances because they can be called on to assist in certain circumstances even after they leave government. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private interactions between Flynn and the committee.

The congressman said the Oversight Committee should issue subpoenas to the White House to get documents.

Flynn's attorneys argue that Flynn has a "reasonable cause to apprehend danger" following the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel and increased demands for a thorough investigation that followed on Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Flynn, interviewed as part of the clearance renewal process, said that all of his foreign trips as a private citizen "were funded by U.S. companies", according to excerpts of a March 14, 2016 report compiled by security clearance investigators.

Flynn isn't admitting to wrongdoing but is looking to protect himself from "an escalating public frenzy" of "outrageous allegations", his lawyers said in a Monday letter to the committee.

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