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Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenas Flynn for documents in Russia probe

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn at the White House on February 10, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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National Security Adviser Michael Flynn at the White House on February 10, 2017 in Washington, DC.

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has issued a subpoena for former national security advisor Michael Flynn, seeking documents in its investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to a joint announcement from Sens. Richard Burr and Mark Warner.

Burr and Warner serve as chairman and vice chairman of the committee, respectively.

The Senate panel first requested the documents in an April 28 letter to Flynn, but he refused, through counsel, to turn over the documents.

Late March, the bipartisan leaders of the committee said they were "within weeks" of finishing its review of thousands of documents related to its probe. Burr and Warner said at the time that they wanted to finish the investigation in a "timely" manner, but didn't want to rush it.

President Donald Trump removed Flynn in February after it was revealed that he had lied about the nature of his conversations with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States.

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates said she had warned the Trump administration that Flynn "essentially could be blackmailed" by Moscow more than two weeks before he was dismissed. Yates explained that Russia knew and likely had proof that Flynn had misled Vice President Mike Pence.

"To state the obvious, you don't want your national security advisor compromised with the Russians," Yates told the Senate panel.

— CNBC's Jacob Pramuk contributed to this report.