Former Trump adviser Flynn likely broke law with Russian Federation trip: lawmakers
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 26, 2017,
Apr 26, 2017, 21:03
After an hourlong classified briefing, Chaffetz said he had seen no evidence Flynn complied with the law.
"If that money was received by General Flynn, and we believe that it was, that money needs to be recovered", Chaffetz said. One action, he said, may be seeking repayment of money from Flynn - possibly in the tens of thousands of dollars.
FILE - Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn stands by the elevators as he arrives at Trump Tower in NY.
After disagreeing that the Committee has the right to know whom Michael Flynn was in contact with during his time in the administration, the White House writes that as the investigation is "focused on activities and payments that occurred in 2015 and 2016", they "cannot conduct a search for responsive documents". He noted it will be up to the Department of the Army to make a final determination on whether Flynn broke the law.
In a brief statement Tuesday, Flynn's lawyer said that the former intelligence official briefed the Defense Department "extensively" before and after the 2015 trip to Russian Federation.
The White House has declined to turn over documents pertaining to the hiring and firing of President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, that top lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee had requested. That all happened, he filled that form out prior to coming here. It would be up to the committee and other authorities to look at that.
In March, Chaffetz and Cummings requested documents from the Pentagon, White House, FBI and Director of National Intelligence regarding Flynn's contacts with foreign nationals and any funds he received from foreign sources.
Cummings said they could not discuss the contents of the classified documents they saw. The aide said that they directed oversight investigators to the appropriate agencies.
Flynn resigned as national security adviser in February after the White House said he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about the extent of his contacts with Russia's ambassador to Washington during the transition before Trump assumed the office of president.
Yates' testimony will mark her first appearance on Capitol Hill since she was sacked in late January after refusing to defend President Trump's travel ban on certain foreigners.
The contours of Mr Flynn's Russian connections were firmly in view as he emerged as a contender for a White House job and yet, it appears, the president and his team either pressed on without delving deeper into the matter or - perhaps more concerning - allowed the former general to come on board in spite of everything they may have known.
"I see no evidence or no data to support the notion that General Flynn complied with the law", Chaffetz said.
Chaffetz said he would "highly doubt" that the committee would call Flynn to testify, deferring any command for such an audience to the House Intelligence Committee.
The congressmen also raised new questions about fees Flynn received as part of $530,000 in consulting work his company performed for a businessman tied to Turkey's government.
Flynn, a former U.S. military intelligence chief who was a close adviser to Trump during last year's campaign, was paid more than $33,000 dollars to attend an RT gala in December 2015, where he sat at a table with President Vladimir Putin.