President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn has handed more than 600 pages of documents to the Senate, as reported by CNN. According to a source near Mr. Flynn, most of the documents are business records but also contain some personal documents based on the committee’s request.
Flynn’s production of these documents was in response to a pair of subpoenas issued against Flynn’s business records. Originally Mr. Flynn attempted to stonewall the investigators by invoking a Fifth Amendment right that did not exist. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, confirmed that they had received some documents but couldn’t specify which ones:
“We can’t make any judgment on whether he’s fully complied because we’ve got to review the documents.”
Committee chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said that what the Senate was seeking:
“…Would give us insight as to where he was when he was, what reimbursements he received, what expenses he might have had.”
Today was the specified deadline to turn those documents over.
Burr also emphasized that they may yet seek more documents from Flynn depending on where their probe into Russian election-meddling heads. Whether it leads to the James Comey debacle, to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, all of this will soon be funneled to the newly appointed special prosecutor Bob Mueller. And the Senate wants to make sure that Mueller is able to do his job without any political interference:
“It is of paramount importance that Mr. Mueller’s investigation proceed unimpeded by any officials who may have a conflict of interest or other ethical bar, or by political interference of any kind.”
Now, that investigation includes at least some of the most important documents from the starter of it all, Michael Flynn.
Keith Olbermann discusses Flynn and his impact on the investigation here: