On Tuesday, the House Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to testify before the panel.
In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Flynn called the subpoena “a political attack on my family and my life.”
The committee issued the subpoena as a response to Flynn’s testimony on Tuesday in which he denied he had any contacts with the Russians during the 2016 election campaign and said he did not discuss sanctions with the Russian ambassador during a call in March 2017.
Flynn’s testimony came after former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats announced in January that Flynn had resigned.
The White House and the White House Counsel’s office both have argued that Coats did not take adequate steps to notify the Senate Intelligence Committee about Flynn’s contacts with Russia before the meeting.
Coats said at the time that he “did not know whether any sanctions had been lifted or not, but we did not have the information we needed to know.”
The White the Senate Judiciary Committee issued its own subpoena for Flynn on Wednesday, asking him to testify on February 4, 2018, at a hearing before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
The hearing was to discuss a 2016 report by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that found Russia was behind a hack that was aimed at undermining US democracy.
The panel’s investigation into Russia’s election interference has focused on the possibility that the Kremlin sought to help Trump win the election, but also on the potential for Russian interference in the election itself.
“The committee has determined that the information presented by Mr. Flynn on this matter is material to that inquiry,” a White House official said in a statement on Wednesday.
The House Judiciary Committee announced that it had also sent the White to the Senate for further testimony.
“This is the first step in the process to determine whether Mr. Mueller has the appropriate subpoena authority and, if so, whether it can be issued,” the White said in the statement.
The Senate Judiciary is not required to cooperate with the House’s investigation.
In his testimony, Flynn denied any contact with the Kremlin, saying that he was “not a Russian agent.”
The Justice Department on Tuesday released a transcript of Flynn’s March 9 phone call with the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, and he said the conversation “was in response to an earlier call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.”
Flynn said he was not asked to provide information that would be damaging to the U.S. The transcript does not detail exactly what was discussed, but Flynn said that the ambassador asked for a meeting between the U the two countries.
In response, Flynn said, “It was very clear to me, and I can’t say this, but I told them it was not a subject of conversation.
I should not have been so direct. “
In retrospect, I should have told them to stop, because that’s what they did.
I should not have been so direct.
Flynn did not directly answer the question if he knew Kislyak had spoken with Russia during the campaign or after the election. “
I should have simply said, ‘We talked about this, and we discussed it again today,’ and they could have understood.”
Flynn did not directly answer the question if he knew Kislyak had spoken with Russia during the campaign or after the election.
But he said he told the ambassador that the Trump campaign was “under investigation” and that “the FBI and Congress are doing an outstanding job.”