Top Democrat Says Flynn May Have Lied to Investigators
A letter released by Congressman Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, says that Michael Flynn misled investigators at the Pentagon about “his income from Russian companies and contacts with Russian officials.”
You may remember a few weeks ago when committee chair Congressman Jason Chaffetz said that he’s seen “no evidence” Flynn followed the law regarding his 2015 Russia trip and the payment he received from RT.
Well, according to The New York Times, Cummings’ letter says Flynn misled about this to investigators:
Mr. Flynn, who resigned this year as President Trump’s national security adviser, told investigators in February 2016 that he had received no income from foreign companies and had only “insubstantial contact” with foreign nationals, according to the letter. In fact, Flynn had two months earlier sat beside President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia at a Moscow gala for RT, the Kremlin-financed television network, which paid Mr. Flynn more than $45,000 to attend the event and give a separate speech.
The House Oversight Democrats posted the letter on Medium, and their post reads that “excerpts from an interview summary obtained by the Committee indicat[e] that Lt. General Michael Flynn may have lied to security clearance investigators conducting Flynn’s background check in early 2016.”
This letter comes on the heels of Flynn rejecting the subpoena from a Senate committee conducting the Russia investigation.
The chairman and ranking member of that committee have already reacted:
Burr/Warner say they will "vigorously pursue Gen Flynn’s testimony & his production of any & all pertinent materials," but doesn't say how: pic.twitter.com/7YDEwzqbC5
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) May 22, 2017
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