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Trump said firing Flynn 'did not sound like an emergency'

Trump said firing Flynn 'did not sound like an emergency'

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has ordered former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to hand over records related to the Russian Federation investigation, according to a statement on the committee's website.

The subpoena comes as the Senate committee and its counterpart in the House of Representatives investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 election and whether Trump associates colluded with those attempts to sway the election.

Mr Flynn and other associates of President Trump have received similar requests from the committee for information and documents over the past few weeks.

In a letter to staff, Comey says "I have long believed that a president can fire an Federal Bureau of Investigation director for any reason, or for no reason at all".

Flynn was sacked by Trump in February after less than a month on the job.

A January report from the US intelligence community concluded that Russian Federation did indeed meddle in the election, but Mr. Trump has been ambivalent on the issue.

Robert Kelner, an attorney for Flynn, declined to comment.

But the chairman began signaling this week that if Trump surrogates did not turn over requested materials to the committee by Tuesday - a deadline that some missed - he and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., might begin issuing subpoenas.

Flynn has previously sought immunity, a request backed by Trump in a tweet.

Investigators have also reported that Flynn may have broken the law when he omitted a $45,000 paid appearance fee he collected for a television stint in Moscow promoting Russia Today, a Russian government-funded news outlet.

Trump fired Flynn in February after he misled Vice President Pence and White House officials about his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about US sanctions on Russia before Trump took office. The difference matters because Flynn's foreign business relationships and the veracity of his disclosures are under scrutiny by congressional, military and intelligence inquiries.


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