Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., backtracked on Thursday after saying former national security adviser Mike Flynn would not honor a committee subpoena and testify about his interactions with Russia.
Burr was first quoted as saying Flynn would not show up.
"That's not a surprise to the committee," Burr said. "We'll figure out on Gen. Flynn what the next step, if any, is."
But soon after, the committee released a quote saying Flynn has not made any final indications about whether he would testify.
"General Flynn's attorneys have not yet indicated their intentions regarding the Senate Intelligence Committee's subpoena," he said. "Consistent with the Committee's position since the beginning of or investigation, I welcome their willingness to cooperate."
The Senate Intelligence Committee last week issued the subpoena to Flynn, one day after President Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey. Democrats accused Trump of trying to hinder the FBI's investigation into Flynn's contact with Russia.
Flynn was forced to step down as national security adviser after a transcript of a phone call with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak was leaked to the media, and showed Flynn had discussed sanctions placed on the Russian government by the Obama administration in response to Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.
Flynn also has been scrutinized for payments he took for work and appearances in Russia and Turkey. The House Oversight Committee said it cannot find any documentation showing that Flynn sought approval for the income, or that it was properly reported, something he would have needed to do because of his former rank in the Army.
While all of these ethical questions surround him, no evidence has ever surfaced showing Flynn might have colluded with agents from the Russian government to tip the election to Trump.
In March, Flynn reportedly offered to testify to both the House and Senate intelligence investigations in exchange for immunity. Neither committee accepted the offer.