Senate Intel leaders: 'We will vigorously pursue' Flynn testimony

Senate Intel leaders: 'We will vigorously pursue' Flynn testimony
© Greg Nash

The leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday said they will "vigorously pursue" the testimony of former national security adviser Michael Flynn after he declined to comply with their subpoena.

"We will vigorously pursue General Flynn’s testimony and his production of any and all pertinent materials pursuant to the Committee’s authorities," Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrDemocratic incumbents bolster fundraising advantage in key Senate races McConnell gets GOP wake-up call Senate approves short-term debt ceiling increase MORE (R-N.C.) and ranking Democrat Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Intelligence report warns of climate threats in all countries The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Altria - Biden holds meetings to resurrect his spending plan Democrats feel high anxiety in Biden spending conflict MORE (Va.) said in a joint statement.

Lawyers for Flynn said in a letter that he would not comply with the subpoena for information and documents as part of the committee's investigation into Russia's election interference. 

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"General Flynn is entitled to, and does, invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege against production of documents,"  they wrote in the letter. 

Burr and Warner added that "while we recognize General Flynn’s constitutional right to invoke the Fifth Amendment, we are disappointed he has chosen to disregard the Committee’s subpoena."

Neither Burr nor Warner has said if they will try to hold Flynn in contempt for refusing to comply with their subpoena. 

"We're going to keep all the options on the table. I think we'll be looking into the question of whether he can make a blanket Fifth Amendment [claim]," Warner told reporters separately on Monday. 

Pressed if he would push for a contempt of Congress vote, Burr added, "I think there's another step to take. ... Stay tuned."

Several members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, including Sen. John CornynJohn CornynCornyn raises more than M for Senate GOP Is the Biden administration afraid of trade? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - After high drama, Senate lifts debt limit MORE (R-Texas), have signaled they don't think lawmakers can force Flynn to testify if he is invoking the Fifth Amendment.