Flynn won’t honor Senate subpoena after Trump told him to ‘stay strong’

A lawyer representing former national security adviser Michael Flynn has informed the Senate Intelligence Committee that Flynn will not comply with their subpoena for private documents relating to the growing controversy surrounding Russiagate.

Amid investigations from multiple committees on Capitol Hill into his ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, the beleaguered lieutenant general and Turkey lobbyist has claimed that, in private exchanges, the president has expressed his continued support as recently as late last month.

Flynn is faced with mounting legal bills, and held a meeting with friends to try to spur more work for his lobbying firm. That meeting is where he revealed a message from Trump he said told him to “stay strong.”

Asked about his opinion of the president now, Flynn reiterated his loyalty to Trump.

Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina broke the news of Flynn’s failure to comply with the probe. “We’ll figure out on Gen. Flynn what the next step, if any, is,” the Senate Intelligence Committee chair said.

UPDATE, 12:54 p.m.: Flynn’s legal team walked back its initial position before lunchtime ended. NBC News’s Frank Thorp obtained a statement, which asserts that the attorneys “have not yet indicated their intentions regarding the Senate Intelligence Committe’s subpoena.”

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