President Donald Trump’s former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn will refuse to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee and exercise his Fifth Amendment rights protecting himself from self-incrimination, CNN reports.
Flynn is being investigated as part of the Senate’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. It has been widely reported that Flynn is a subject of the investigation due to his alleged coordination with Russian officials during the campaign and presidential transition.
Initially, Flynn offered to testify before Congress if granted immunity. However, when Congress refused that request, Flynn declined to willingly take part in the investigation.
Flynn’s refusal to testify comes after it has been reported that Trump fired now-former FBI Director James Comey for refusing to stop the investigation into Flynn’s actions.
It was also reported that while he was National Security Advisor, Flynn assisted in delaying military action in Turkey after he received more than $500,000.00 in payments from the country.
This most recent action by Flynn will undoubtedly lead to further scrutiny of the Trump administration for ever hiring Flynn for the position and for ignoring warnings given by then acting Attorney General Sally Yates that it was possible Flynn had been compromised by the Russians.