What Is The Fifth Amendment? Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn To Deny Subpoena
The following is an excerpt from JULIANA ROSE PIGNATARO | May 22, 2017 | ibtimes.com |
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn plans to invoke the Fifth Amendment Monday in response to a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee. Flynn was set to decline to give the panel documents pertaining to possible Russian involvement in the 2016 election, the Associated Press reported, citing an anonymous source.
In invoking the Fifth Amendment, Flynn would be utilizing the constitutional right that prevents self-incrimination, or being “a witness against himself.”
“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.”
The Senate Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena for Flynn’s documents last week as part of its investigation into Russia’s possible meddling in the 2016 election. The panel hoped to obtain records involving connections between the Trump campaign and Russian officials and businesses, including texts, emails, letters, phone records and financial documents. A source told ABC News that Flynn would “not be producing the documents” and that he was “entitled to decline.”
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