The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence [official website] issued a subpoena [press release] Wednesday compelling former National Security Adviser Lieutenant General Michael Flynn to provide documents related to the committee’s investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election. In a joint statement from Chairman Senator Richard Burr and Vice Chairman Senator Mark Warner, the committee says that the documents being requested are the same documents they requested April 28. Flynn, through his attorney, refused to comply [JURIST report] with that request without immunity from prosecution [letter, PDF].
Allegations of Russian connections have been a problem for the Trump administration in the early stages of his presidency. Earlier this week former acting US Attorney General Sally Yates testified [JURIST report] before the Senate Judiciary Committee stating that she had warned about Flynn’s vulnerabilities to blackmail by Russia less than a week after President Donald Trump assumed office. In March, now-former FBI Director James Comey confirmed [JURIST report] that the FBI is investigating allegations of Russian interference with the 2016 US presidential election. Earlier the same month US Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself [JURIST report] from probes into Russian interference after it was revealed that he had met with Russian officials [JURIST reports] during the campaign.