Flynn agrees to pro­vide doc­u­ments to Se­nate panel

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - POLITICS - BY CHAD DAY, EILEEN SUL­LI­VAN AND JAKE PEAR­SON

WASH­ING­TON — Former National Se­cu­rity Ad­viser Michael Flynn will pro­vide doc­u­ments to the Se­nate in­tel­li­gence com­mit­tee as part of its probe into Rus­sia’s med­dling in the 2016 elec­tion, The As­so­ci­ated Press has learned.

Flynn will turn over doc­u­ments re­lated to two of his busi­nesses as well as some per­sonal doc­u­ments the com­mit­tee re­quested ear­lier this month, a per­son close to Flynn said. Flynn plans to pro­duce doc­u­ments by next week. The per­son spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity to dis­cuss Flynn’s pri­vate in­ter­ac­tions with the com­mit­tee.

The de­ci­sion Tues­day was the first sig­nal Flynn and the Se­nate panel have found com­mon ground. Con­gres­sional in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­tinue to press for key doc­u­ments in the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and the re­tired lieu­tenant gen­eral is try­ing to limit dam­ag­ing dis­clo­sures hos­tile Demo­cratic law­mak­ers could use against him.

Flynn pre­vi­ously had in­voked his Fifth Amend­ment pro­tec­tion against self-in­crim­i­na­tion in de­clin­ing an ear­lier re­quest from the com­mit­tee. Flynn’s at­tor­neys had ar­gued the ini­tial re­quest was too broad and would have re­quired Flynn to turn over in­for­ma­tion that could have been used against him.

Flynn’s co­op­er­a­tion came as Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s per­sonal at­tor­ney, Michael Co­hen, re­jected a re­quest for doc­u­ments as part of a House com­mit­tee’s sep­a­rate probe into Rus­sia’s elec­tion med­dling and con­tacts with the Trump cam­paign.

Co­hen, a long­time at­tor­ney for the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion, re­mains a per­sonal lawyer for Trump. He served as a ca­ble tele­vi­sion sur­ro­gate for the Repub­li­can dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

The House in­tel­li­gence com­mit­tee’s re­quest for in­for­ma­tion from Co­hen came as the in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­tin­ued to scru­ti­nize mem­bers of Trump’s in­ner cir­cle, in­clud­ing Flynn. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said last week that a sub­poena for Flynn from the House panel was likely.

“I de­clined the in­vi­ta­tion to par­tic­i­pate as the re­quest was poorly phrased, overly broad and not ca­pa­ble of be­ing an­swered,” Co­hen told The As­so­ci­ated Press. “I find it ir­re­spon­si­ble and im­proper that the re­quest sent to me was leaked by those work­ing on the com­mit­tee.”

Co­hen told ABC News on Tues­day he had been asked by both the House and Se­nate in­tel­li­gence com­mit­tees to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion and tes­ti­mony about con­tacts he had with Rus­sian of­fi­cials.

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