The Senate Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena Wednesday to force former national security adviser Michael Flynn to turn over documents related to the panel's probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, including possible ties between the Kremlin and the presidential campaigns.
The Senate Intelligence Committee said a subpoena had been issued after Flynn rejected its request on April 28 to submit documents relevant to the investigation.
Trump also discussed his dissatisfaction with the media and suggested for a second time that he might cancel the daily White House press briefings in favor of biweekly press conferences where he would answer questions himself. However, President Trump said this was because Flynn had misled Vice President Mike Pence on the content of the discussions, and not due to any wider wrongdoing.
The move ramps up its months-long investigation of Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election. But through his legal counsel, Flynn declined to cooperate with the committee's request.
Burr is one of several prominent Republicans who have expressed strong doubts about the timing of Trump's action.
"(White House counsel Don) McGahn came back to me and did not sound like an emergency", Trump said of Yates' information about Flynn.
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Retail sales, a broad measure of private and government spending, climbed 10.7% year-on-year, compared to 10.9% in March. Urban investment grew 8.9 per cent year-on-year in April, down from 9.2 per cent the month before.
The bipartisan move by the Senate Intelligence Committee to force Flynn to hand over all records - phone calls, emails, and other meetings - related to Russian Federation suggests that they are unfazed by Trump's power play to fire now-former FBI Director James Comey.
Trump added that he thought the Democrats were "hypocrites" for their outrage at Comey's dismissal, saying they themselves were upset with Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails.
President Donald Trump defended the delay in firing former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in exclusive interview on Thursday with NBC News' Lester Holt.
The official White House readout of Trump's meeting didn't mention that Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak was there.
On Wednesday, Democratic senators Dianne Feinstein and Richard Durbin told U.S. media that Mr Comey had asked the deputy attorney general for more resources - mainly staff - for the FBI investigation.
The announcement came as NBC News reported, citing unidentified sources, that the committee had also sought information relevant to the Russian Federation investigation about Trump and his top aides from a Treasury Department financial intelligence unit that had imposed a $10m civil penalty on the Trump Taj Mahal in 2015 for multiple violations of anti-money laundering laws.
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