After the Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed documents from former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, the former advisor has announced that he will not be cooperating with the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation. On Monday, Flynn invoked his Fifth Amendment right to self-incriminate in an effort to avoid handing lawmakers the documents connected to communications with Russia.
President Donald Trump asked Flynn to resign in February after it uncovered that he didn’t tell the truth about his contacts with Russian officials.
Flynn’s attorney’s sent a letter to the Senate intelligence committee saying that unless he gets “assurances against unfair prosecution,” he would “respectfully decline your request for an interview and for the production of documents.”
“The context in which the Committee has called for General Flynn’s testimonial production of documents makes clear that he has more than a reasonable apprehension that any testimony he provides could be used against him,” Flynn attorney Robert Kelner wrote. “Multiple Members of Congress have demanded that he be investigated and even prosecuted. He is the target on nearly a daily basis of outrageous allegations… [that] feed the escalating public frenzy against him.”
During the presidential campaign, Flynn attacked a technology specialist who worked on Hillary Clinton’s private email server for invoking his Fifth Amendment rights in court.
Trump has also criticized Clinton’s aids for pleading the Fifth, claiming, “If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?”