Michael Flynn, former White house adviser on national security issues, refused to answer questions of the Commission members of the Senate intelligence relating to Russia’s interference in the presidential election in the United States.
He invoked the Fifth amendment to the Constitution that allows the accused not to give testimony that might hurt, said on Monday, may 22, leading American media –the Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal and Fox News.
Last week, news service CNN reported, citing its own sources: the Russian high-ranking officials during the presidential campaign of Donald trump’s «bragging» to those that can use their contacts with retired General Michael Flynn, to influence the future President of the United States.
They said that trump’s Advisor on national security, Michael Flynn, is their «ally.» A representative of the administration of former US President Barack Obama said some Russians were talking about Flynn, was a concern from the beginning.
Relations between the Russian representatives, in particular, the Russian Ambassador to the USA Sergei Kislyak and Michael Flynn are actively developed throughout 2016. In particular, Flynn convinced the Russian leadership not to adopt the response to the expulsion of Russian diplomats. At the same time, says CNN, it is possible that the Russians were exaggerating the extent of his influence on Michael Flynn.
Earlier, Reuters reported that Michael Flynn and other advisers of the candidate in presidents of the United States Donald trump were in regular contact with the Kremlin officials: only for the last seven months of election campaign, was recorded at least 18 calls and emails sent to Moscow locations, which was not previously known.
These talks became more frequent after November 8, 2016, when it became known about a victory of trump. The parties discussed the creation of a special channel of communication between the American and Russian presidents to bypass the Department of national security of the United States, which they considered a hindrance to the strengthening of bilateral relations.