Former national security adviser Michael Flynn was subpoenaed to appear before Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating alleged Russian meddling into last year’s election.
Flynn was asked to resign just three weeks after President Trump took office after officials determined that he misled Vice President Pence about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador to the United States about economic sanctions.
Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates testified on Monday that she told the Trump administration that Flynn had been compromised and could be potentially “blackmailed by the Russians.”
And former President Barack Obama advised Trump against hiring Flynn, but Trump did not heed the warning.
Obama fired Flynn in 2014 as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
But the senate committee wants to see for itself, by compelling Flynn’s testimony and culling documents he has that could shed light on his dealings with the Kremlin.
“The committee first requested these documents in an April 28, 2017 letter to … Flynn, but he declined, through counsel, to cooperate with the committee’s request,” the panel leaders, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), said in a statement.
Flynn had agreed to testify on his own in exchange for immunity, but was turned down.
Flynn received tens of thousands of dollars in income from Russia-related entities in 2015, but failed to report it on a financial-disclosure form for White House employees.