White House blocks Flynn documents
- Author: Leroy Wright May 06, 2017,
May 06, 2017, 20:56
Cummings and Chaffetz were briefed and shown documents by the Defense Intelligence Agency, which Flynn headed under then-President Obama before he was sacked.
The Utah Republican also said "it does not appear that" Flynn "ever sought, nor did he get" permission from USA officials for his activities with foreign governments.
The two senior representatives heading a House committee examining possible Russian links with Mr Trump's campaign also raised new questions about Mr Flynn's consulting firm accepting 530,000 dollars (£414,000) from a company tied to Turkey's government.
Spicer also drew a line between Flynn's work for Trump during the transition and in the White House, and said it would be "ridiculous" for the Trump White House to turn over information before Flynn was officially sworn in.
Flynn is a subject of investigations by intelligence committees in the House and Senate, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, all of which are probing broader allegations that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 US election. Legislative affairs director Marc Short said the White House doesn't possess the requested documents since they were from before Trump took office on January 20.
Earlier on Tuesday the White House's director of legislative affairs, Marc Short, wrote in a letter to the House Oversight Committee, "We are unable to accommodate" numerous requests, adding that the White House does not have numerous documents in its possession.
Flynn as fired earlier this year after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about conversations with the Russian ambassador. Flynn, he added, failed to obtain permission from the U.S. Department of Defense before accepting the alleged funds and could be criminally prosecuted. There, Flynn's contacts will be discussed, and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates is set to testify as well.
"If that money was received by General Flynn, and we believe that it was, that money needs to be recovered", Chaffetz said.
Flynn's lawyer said in a statement that Flynn briefed the Defense Intelligence Agency about the 2015 Moscow event organized by the Russia Today news organization.
Cummings said they had grave concerns, "These docs are troubling".
The House Oversight Committee has requested Flynn's security clearance paperwork, receipts from payments he received from foreign governments, and other documents related to the hiring and firing of the former national security adviser.
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn failed to disclose payments from a foreign government in his 2016 application for security clearance, according to House Oversight Committee leaders.
Ms Yates was supposed to testify publicly before the House intelligence committee in March, but that was cancelled and has yet to be rescheduled.
After reviewing documents from the Pentagon, the committee's chairman and ranking member suggested Flynn might have broken the law by not disclosing payments from Russian Federation and Turkey.
Chaffetz made his remarks alongside Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the committee's ranking member, after a classified meeting.
Flynn has denied any wrongdoing, amid reports he is under investigation by both the Defense Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.