BREAKING: Michael Flynn May Not be Able to Plead the 5th, Says Senate Committee

BREAKING: Michael Flynn May Not be Able to Plead the 5th, Says Senate Committee

Senate Intel Committee Looks for Way around Flynn’s 5th Amendment Plea

Michael Flynn may be running out of options. The retired general was a top campaign adviser for Donald Trump, and worked as his National Security Adviser for about three weeks. On Monday, Flynn responded to a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee by asserting his Fifth Amendment rights not to testify in such a way that might incriminate himself. On Tuesday, the Committee had a response for Flynn, and he’s probably not going to like it.

The Washington Post reported that the Intel Committee is issuing subpoenas to two businesses registered to Flynn, “Flynn Intel, LLC, and Flynn Intel Inc., both based in Alexandria, Va.”

Politico reported that ranking Democrat, Mark Warner from Virginia, explained that while Flynn has the right to plead the Fifth, his businesses do not,

“While we disagree with Gen. Flynn’s lawyer’s interpretation of taking the Fifth, it is even more clear that a business does not have a right to take the Fifth if it’s a corporation,”

This is hugely ironic. Much of the abusive behavior by the powerful in American society is supported by the fact that the individuals involved are protected because the corporation they work for bears sole responsibility for their actions. It’s highly unusual that anyone in Washington uses the fact that someone owns a business as a legal workaround to hold them accountable. This highlights the seriousness of the Senate Committee’s investigation, and how vital the former National Security Adviser is to the investigation.

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The top Republican on the Committee, Richard Burr from North Carolina, fired a warning shot for the NSA chief when the subpoenas were issued.

“If in fact there’s not a response, we’ll seek additional counsel advice on how to proceed forward,” Burr said at a joint press briefing with Warner. “At the end of that option is a contempt charge, and I’ve said that everything is on the table.”

When it first became public that Flynn was likely to be called upon to testify to Congress, his initial response was to request immunity. Members of Congress described this request as “premature” then. Ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, released a statement in response to the request, saying, “there is still much work and many more witnesses and documents to obtain before any immunity request from any witness can be considered.”

Flynn, who was secretly working as a lobbyist for the Russian and Turkish governments during the 2016 election, seems to be using every legal avenue at his disposal to slow down the investigation as it relates to what he knows about Russia’s espionage campaign to undermine the 2016 election and help Trump. That is his right as an American citizen, but it also raises questions since he is already widely viewed as central to the case.

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Marc Belisle is the Reverb Press World Affairs Editor. He is a writer, activist and teacher. He has a Master’s degree in International Conflict Analysis from the Brussels School of International Studies. READ MORE BY MARC.

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