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PoliticsSchiff: Gates, Flynn negotiating with committee about testifying, won't meet subpoena deadline

17:02  10 july  2019
17:02  10 july  2019 Source:   politico.com

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The Intelligence Committee had subpoenaed both Gates and Flynn to provide documents and appear for testimony by Wednesday, but Schiff acknowledged that neither man would meet that deadline . Flynn , in particular, has recently seemed to shift legal strategies

Schiff , in his letter to Gates accompanying the subpoena , wrote: “While the Committee understands that your cooperation agreement with the Department of Justice only requires you to testify for the Department, the Committee is disappointed that you do not view your cooperation more broadly as.

Schiff: Gates, Flynn negotiating with committee about testifying, won't meet subpoena deadline© Mario Tama/Getty Images The House Intelligence Committee had subpoenaed both Rick Gates and Michael Flynn to appear for testimony by Wednesday, but Chairman Adam Schiff said that neither man would meet that deadline.

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The California Democrat said Gates and his attorney have been negotiating with the committee about in-person testimony as well, “and we believe we’re making progress.”

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Schiff : Gates , Flynn negotiating with committee about testifying , won ' t meet subpoena deadline . By KYLE CHENEY.

Flynn , a retired U.S. Army general, pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to federal agents about his contacts with Sergey Kislyak, then Russia’s The Intelligence Committee had subpoenaed both Rick Gates and Michael Flynn to provide documents and appear for testimony by Wednesday.

The panel has also contacted a lawyer for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, another Mueller cooperator, about scheduling an appearance as well.

The Intelligence Committee had subpoenaed both Gates and Flynn to provide documents and appear for testimony by Wednesday, but Schiff acknowledged that neither man would meet that deadline. Flynn, in particular, has recently seemed to shift legal strategies, dumping his team of lawyers in favor of a prominent critic of the Mueller investigation.

Prosecutors recently dropped plans to call Flynn as a star witness in a case against a former business partner. That could affect the timing of his intelligence committee testimony as well, Schiff noted.

“We had anticipated bringing him in to testify after he testified in the trial,” Schiff said. “As he is no longer testifying in the trial, we have been in touch with his counsel about scheduling his appearance.”

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The subpoenas demand that Flynn and Gates provide documents to the committee by June 26 and appear for sworn testimony on July 10. Flynn and Gates are both still cooperating with prosecutors on various criminal matters and have yet to be sentenced. Both pleaded guilty to crimes connected to

Flynn in 2017 pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations he had with Russia’s then-ambassador. He has yet to be sentenced.

Gates provided key testimony to Mueller about his longtime partner, Paul Manafort, who ran the Trump campaign for three months in 2016. Gates described sharing internal polling data, at Manafort’s direction, with an associate that Mueller’s team said had links to Russian intelligence. He also testified in a bank and tax fraud trial in which Manafort was ultimately convicted last year.

Gates last year pleaded guilty to conspiracy and lying to the FBI and agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s probe. He has not yet been sentenced.

The Intelligence Committee subpoenaed both men in June after pursuing voluntary cooperation for months. Gates had previously indicated to the committees that he was willing to work with them once his tenure of cooperation with government prosecutors had ended. But as Gates’ role as a cooperating witness extended deep into 2019, the Intelligence Committee ran out of patience.

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