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Flynn To Defy Subpoena & Plead 5th

Postby toucana on May 22nd, 2017, 12:04 pm 

Disgraced former national security advisor Michael Flynn plans to defy a subpoena from the Senate intelligence committee according to reports by AP and CNN.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/michael-flynn-senate-intelligence_us_5922ea65e4b03b485cb33b4a?section=us_politics

Flynn was facing a deadline to comply with a subpoena requiring him to supply documents relating to his interactions with Russian officials. Sources close to Flynn say that he plans to invoke his 5th amendment rights against self-incrimination.

Congress has three methods by which it can deal with Flynn’s non-compliance: It can detain and imprison him until he complies, refer him to the executive branch (in this case, the Department of Justice) for criminal prosecution, or seek a civil judgment from a federal court that would compel Flynn to comply.

Neither the leaders of the Senate intelligence committee nor Flynn’s lawyer returned requests for comment so far.
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Re: Flynn To Defy Subpoena & Plead 5th

Postby toucana on May 22nd, 2017, 2:18 pm 

Op-ed from the Palmer Report website :
By invoking the Fifth, not only is Flynn admitting he’s guilty in the Russia scandal, he’s admitting the Russia scandal is a real thing. He’s acknowledging that the Trump campaign’s inappropriate relationship with the Russian government really did exist. And whatever Flynn’s intention today, he might as well be admitting that Donald Trump is also guilty – because this is a scandal that we know extends all the way to the top.

http://www.palmerreport.com/opinion/fifth-amendment-flynn-trump/2995/

Meanwhile, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, and special advisor Steve Bannon have both been sent home unexpectedly early from the scheduled nine day presidential grand tour that has only just completed its first leg in Saudi Arabia. No one is entirely sure whether their jobs are under threat, or whether they have been despatched back to deal with an escalating crisis, and even a threat of possible impeachment proceedings in Washington DC.

http://www.palmerreport.com/opinion/home-bannon-trump/2994/
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Re: Flynn To Defy Subpoena & Plead 5th

Postby jocular on May 22nd, 2017, 7:39 pm 

How many people can a US President pardon? Can he only do this after he has left office?

Could that be a factor in Flynn's calculations?
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Re: Flynn To Defy Subpoena & Plead 5th

Postby toucana on May 22nd, 2017, 8:22 pm 

According to article ii/2 of the US constitution, a president's powers of pardon are formally abated in cases of offences involving impeachment.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pardon#Federal_law

There is some debate about quite what this means, but the implication is that a POTUS cannot pardon themselves, neither can they issue pardons to fellow conspirators in respect of indictments for which articles of impeachment have been prepared.
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Re: Flynn To Defy Subpoena & Plead 5th

Postby Braininvat on May 23rd, 2017, 9:54 am 

Remember that impeachment is just a political procedure in the House, not a legal decision. All it does is call for a trial in the Senate. To be pardoned, one must be actually convicted in the Senate trial as guilty of a high crime or misdemeanor. Nixon for example did not receive an actual legal pardon from Pres. Gerald Ford, because he resigned before conviction or even successful impeachment. Ford's act was symbolic, a much-derided attempt to say that Nixon was forgiven for various sorts of official misconduct. Which, of course, he wasn't by the nation generally.
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