Former national security adviser Michael Flynn plans to invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and rebuff a Senate panel subpoena, FoxNews.com reported.

Flynn's decision comes less than two weeks after the Senate Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena for Flynn's documents as part of the panel's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.

On "America's Newsroom" today, Brit Hume said Flynn and his lawyer are likely hoping for an immunity deal from the committee, so that whatever Flynn says or surrenders cannot later be used against him in a separate criminal investigation.

"That might be what his lawyer is looking for here, is to protect him from coming out and saying things that could be later used against him if he changes his story or it changes in some small way," Hume said. "I think the lawyer is doing the smart thing for his client here."

He said this whole situation gives a good idea of how "tangled" things can get when there are simultaneous federal and congressional investigations.

"It tends to stall the congressional investigations to a considerable extent," Hume added.

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