A Senate panel issued a subpoena for documents from White House national security advisor Michael Flynn Wednesday, taking the sprawling investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation to a new level.
That Wednesday meeting was already being seen as a major diplomatic coup for the Kremlin, a red carpet welcome just months after being hit with U.S. sanctions for meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Those letters, which were almost identical, sought emails, text messages, letters, phone records or any other relevant information they have about meetings or contacts that they or any other individual affiliated with the Trump campaign had with Russian officials or representatives of Russian business interests.
This was the first subpoena issued by the panel. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, said in a statement that the subpoena requests documents relevant to the investigation. "We expect the documents to be there and we expect to meet with him". But he told Reuters that some people were not complying "so we were going to take next steps".
The president said he wants to "get to the bottom" of Moscow's interference, but seemed to discount the intelligence community's existing conclusion that Russian Federation in fact attempted to sway the election.
"I told them again that there were a number of press accounts of statements that had been made by the vice president and other high-ranking White House officials about Gen. Flynn's conduct that we knew to be untrue", said Yates during her hearing on Monday.
His ouster, on Feb 13 after less than four weeks as national security adviser, came after he was shown to have lied to Vice-President Mike Pence about his talks with Mr Kislyak.
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Flynn attorney Robert Kelner declined to comment on the newly issued subpoena or say why Flynn declined to provide the information earlier.
There was an 18-day gap between the heads up from former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates regarding Flynn's activities with the Russians and his removal by the White House.
"We believed that General Flynn was compromised with respect to the Russians", she said.
Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn's resigned as National Security Adviser on February 13.
McCabe's testimony comes two days after Trump abruptly ousted former FBI Director James Comey from office.
Some of Mr Trump's fellow Republicans, including Mr Burr, also expressed strong doubts about the timing of the president's action.