Trump said firing Flynn 'did not sound like an emergency'

Posted May 15, 2017

In a joint statement Wednesday evening, Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), the committee chairman, and Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia), the vice-chair, stated that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has issued a subpoena for Flynn.

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room during the daily news briefing at the White House on February 1, 2017 in Washington.

Flynn, as we're all well aware by now, is an extremely suspicious character in this entire Russian Federation mess. Among them, was the Congressional testimony of former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper.

Mr Flynn, who was sacked from his White House position in February after lying about phone calls he had with Mr Sergey Kislyak, the Russian Ambassador to the United States, is under investigation in Congress, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Pentagon over his dealings with Russians dating back to late 2005.

The subpoena also comes as Senate investigators have aggressively moved on their probe after months of groundwork, and just a few days after now-former FBI Director James Comey alerted the leaders of the intelligence panel the FBI was ramping up its own investigation.

The Senate intelligence committee said it made a request on 28 April for documents relevant to its Russian Federation investigation, but that Flynn declined to cooperate through his counsel.

"General Flynn has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit", it begins.

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Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said if Mr Trump believed replacing Mr Comey would halt the inquiries "he made a big mistake".

After Americans who cover the White House complained, the White House said on background that only official Russian and White House photographers were included.

Trump flatly said that he had chose to fire Comey even before receiving a recommendation from the deputy attorney general.

As for why, exactly, the president is so inclined to praise the former NSA he fired, Rachel noted an interesting article in The Atlantic, published yesterday.

Washington D.C. [United States], May 12: United States President Donald Trump on Friday threatened sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey not to "leak" details of their conversations to the media.

The announcement came as NBC News reported, citing unidentified sources, that the committee had also sought information relevant to the Russian Federation investigation about Trump and his top aides from a Treasury Department financial intelligence unit that had imposed a $10m civil penalty on the Trump Taj Mahal in 2015 for multiple violations of anti-money laundering laws.

Trump said he did not know at that time that Flynn had taken payments from both the Russian and Turkish governments, but alleged that the Obama administration could have known, because it renewed Flynn's security clearance.