(WASHINGTON) — The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, R-N.C., said on Thursday that former national security adviser Mike Flynn’s lawyers would not be honoring the committee’s subpoena for documents related to Flynn’s communications with Russian officials.
But Burr’s team later backtracked on the claim.
“General Flynn’s attorneys have not yet indicated their intentions regarding the Senate Intelligence Committee’s subpoena,” Burr’s spokesperson said. “Consistent with the Committee’s position since the beginning of or investigation, I welcome their willingness to cooperate.”
Earlier Thursday, Burr told reporters on Capitol Hill: “Gen. Flynn’s lawyers said that he would not honor the subpoena and that’s not a surprise to the committee.” Burr added that the committee, which is investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, would be evaluating its next steps.
ABC News reached out to Flynn’s legal team for comment.
Burr and Vice chair Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., announced in a statement released last Wednesday that the committee had subpoenaed Flynn for documents, and noted they made the initial request for the documents in late April. Flynn had declined to cooperate with the committee’s request in April.
Though Flynn has left the Trump administration, the controversy surrounding him has not subsided as newly announced special counsel Robert Mueller, Congress and the FBI investigate potential collusion between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government.
As national security adviser, Flynn held several phone calls with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump’s inauguration and immediately after.
Flynn resigned on Feb. 13 at the request of President Trump after it was revealed Flynn had discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador and misled the Vice President and other administration officials about the nature of his conversations with Kislyak.
But following his departure, a lawyer for Flynn said that the retired lieutenant general would testify in front of the Senate committee in exchange for “assurances against unfair prosecution.”
“General Flynn has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit,” said Flynn’s lawyer, Robert Kelner.
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