Michael Flynn omitted Russian income off initial financial disclosures
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Apr 03, 2017,
Apr 03, 2017, 13:16
Before resigning under pressure as President Donald Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn submitted a personal financial disclosure form to federal ethics officials that failed to note speaking fees he received from Russia-related entities in 2015, new filings show.
Flynn's lawyer, Robert Kelner, said late Thursday that Flynn would testify in exchange for immunity.
Trump fired national security adviser Michael Flynn following news reports that Flynn misled the White House about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. But the White House says the problem is that Flynn's conversations were in the news at all.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat in the House Intelligence Committee, says he is treating that request with a healthy dose of skepticism.
FBI Director James Comey has told Congress that the bureau's probe into Russian hacking of last year's presidential election "includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts".
Flynn was forced to resign on February 13 for failing to disclose talks with Kislyak about US sanctions on Moscow and misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations, which occurred before Trump took office.
The most important thing people need to know about these documents is not classified, and it's a couple of things: First, the deputy assistant to the White House informed me, when I went to see them, that these are exactly the same materials that were shown to the chairman.
After Snow showed footage of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer mentioning what Farkas said, which led to a heated back and forth with reporters, Farkas made more excuses.
"Nothing I could see today warranted a departure from the normal review procedures, and these materials should now be provided to the full membership of both committees", Schiff added.
Ivanka Trump, who just this week formally said she would join the West Wing after serving as an informal adviser to her father, has yet to file her own disclosure forms.
Speaking Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union", Schiff said Nunes and the White House's actions proved that they were trying to distract from the broader question of what role, if any, Russian Federation had played in the US election.
"The president is very clear that he wants Mike Flynn to go and be completely open and transparent with the committee, and whatever it takes to do that he is supportive of", Spicer said.
"Unmasking is not unprecedented, but unmasking for political purposes. specifically of Trump transition team members.is highly suspect and questionable", an intelligence source told the network.
"When you are given immunity, that means that you have probably committed a crime", Flynn said during the interview.
Flynn's offer to testify under protection from prosecution suggests he has more to reveal about the Russian Federation affair.
Earlier this month, Politico reported that Trump overruled a decision by his national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, in order to keep Cohen-Watnick in his position. The Turkish businessman who hired Flynn, Ekim Alptekin, has told the AP that Flynn's firm registered under pressure from the Justice Department.