Schiff: I'm Approaching Flynn Immunity Request With 'Very Healthy Skepticism'
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 21:24
The earlier disclosure omitted payments to Flynn for three speeches that he made to Russian companies, while the second filing disclosed those payments.
Schiff says Flynn also didn't initially disclose payments from Russian entities in return for speeches.
The bulk of Flynn's income comes from his consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, Inc., where he is listed as the chairman.
That information was subsequently included on an amended disclosure form, which the White House released on Saturday.
It does not say how much he was paid but the speeches are in a section titled "sources of compensation exceeding (US)$5,000 (S$7,000) in a year".
Flynn lawyer Robert Kelner said that Mr Flynn's first filing was a draft that normally would have been revised through a consultation between the White House counsel's office and the Office of Government Ethics.
In an interview with Martha Raddatz on ABC's "This Week", McCain said that while he was "happy to see" the Senate Intelligence Committee leadership working in a bipartisan fashion, Nunes' covert acceptance of documents from White House officials gave the impression that he was uninterested in a fair investigation into any connections between Trump campaign officials and Russian Federation.
The White House has provided no evidence publicly to back this claim, and both FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers told the House intelligence committee last month that they saw no evidence of wiretapping.
Last week's bumpy ride for Nunes ended in reports that two top White House staffers coordinated the release of information to him. The Democratic representative also said he believes President Trump is trying to distract attention away from the Russian Federation investigations by slamming reports on the probe as "fake news" and insisting that the real story is leaks to the press about the intelligence-gathering effort.
Mike Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, is willing to be interviewed in exchange for immunity from prosecution. The CIA also perceived Cohen-Watnick as a threat because he shared Flynn's distrust of the national intelligence community. Flynn's client, Ekim Alptekin, told the AP that the decision to file as a foreign agent had come under pressure from Justice Department officials.
Nunes said that House investigators had been scheduling a time to bring in Flynn earlier, but said they have not spoken since then or since Flynn made his offer.
Mr Flynn reported assets worth between 1.2 million dollars (£956,000) and 2.4 million dollars (£1.9 million) during the past year.
Other President Trump aides with lucrative histories include President Trump's top economic adviser Gary Cohn, the former president of banking giant Goldman Sachs, who netted up to around $75 million in the previous year.
The White House invited Schiff to view what were apparently the same documents Thursday.