A letter sent by Michael Flynn’s lawyers to the Senate Intelligence Committee explained that Flynn is invoking his Fifth Amendment rights because of the “escalating public frenzy against him,” according to the Associated Press.
The Senate is conducting an investigation into potential ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia, which U.S. intelligence agencies believe interfered in the 2016 election.
The committee issued a subpoena to Flynn earlier in May, requesting documents relevant to their investigation. Flynn was ousted from his post as national security advisor after it was revealed he discussed U.S. sanctions on Russian officials with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
In response to the subpoena, Flynn’s legal team sent a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee, explaining his decision to not produce documents and to plead the Fifth to protect himself against self-incrimination.
According to AP, the letter cites “a daily ‘escalating public frenzy against him’ and the Justice Department’s appointment of a special counsel” as having “created a legally dangerous environment for [Flynn] to cooperate with a Senate investigation.”
It’s a curious defense for the former national security advisor, who as a Trump surrogate on the campaign trail often led crowds of supporters in “Lock Her Up” chants calling for candidate Hillary Clinton’s imprisonment.
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