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27 Nov 2017

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What does allegations have merit mean?

An attorney for Flynn's company told the committee that it would not provide documents about the Middle Eastern nuclear project unless it is subpoenaed, according to the letter.

Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, declined to issue a subpoena and instead referred the Democrats' concerns to Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein.

"Much of what is sought by my Democratic colleagues -- if properly investigated charged and proven beyond a reasonable doubt -- would carry criminal penalties," Gowdy wrote in his Oct. 18 letter, posted by the committee. "Congress does not, and cannot, prosecute crimes."

Gowdy, a former prosecutor, did not offer an opinion on whether he believed the allegations have merit, but wrote that he did not want to "risk interfering with any ongoing criminal probes."
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