Leahy Dodges Question on Whether There is Evidence Flynn Did Anything Illegal

• June 2, 2017 5:19 pm


Sen. Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.) dodged CNN host Jake Tapper's question Friday on whether he and his colleagues have evidence that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn committed a crime or did anything illegal.

"Do you and your colleagues have any evidence that Flynn committed any crime at all or did anything illegal?" Tapper asked.

Leahy dodged the question and started asking rhetorical questions about various aspects of the investigation into Flynn.

"Why hide the amount of money he had? Why try to downplay any involvement he had with the Russians until you find him sitting next to Vladimir Putin at a dinner where he was paid tens of thousands of dollars to be there?" Leahy asked.

He also discussed the news that Flynn's attorney wrote a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee stating Flynn will invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in response to its subpoena.

"[Flynn] now says he wants to take the Fifth Amendment and he does not want to testify," Leahy said. "Now on that I support it. Anybody. I was a prosecutor for ten years. I prosecuted an awful lot of criminals. Any criminal had the right to take the Fifth Amendment and I supported them no matter what the crime was that I was charging."

Flynn was tapped by President Donald Trump last November to be his National Security Adviser but was forced to resign in February after "revelations that he had discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the United States before Trump took office and misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations," according to Reuters.