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Flynn Allegedly Misled Pentagon on Ties to Russian Federation

Flynn Allegedly Misled Pentagon on Ties to Russian Federation

President Donald Trump's former national security adviser has invoked the Fifth Amendment in response to a Senate request for documents in relation to its Russian Federation probe, with his lawyer saying the request amounted to a fishing expedition.

On Monday, Rep. Elijah Cummings, the senior Democrat on the House oversight committee, cited inconsistencies in Mr. Flynn's disclosures to US investigators during his security clearance review in early 2016.

Flynn also appears to have not fully disclosed lobbying he did on behalf of the Turkish government during the final months of the campaign, when he was serving as one of Trump's top national security advisers.

Mr. Trump fired FBI Director James Comey earlier this month, prompting reports that the President tried to steer Mr. Comey away from Mr. Flynn and the Russian Federation investigation.

Rep. Elijah Cummings wrote to Chairman Jason Chaffetz that the committee had in its possession documents that appeared to show Flynn lied to investigators in 2016 when he was getting his security clearance renewed.

That law doesn't apply to Congress. Cummings said he is only releasing selected portions of the report but reserves the right to release more in the future. However, Flynn conceded no wrongdoing in his resignation letter.

The appeal to Chaffetz came on the same day that Flynn's attorneys informed the Senate Intelligence Committee that he would not comply with its subpoena for documents.

"The actual source of the funds for Flynn's trip", Cummings said in a statement, "was not a USA company, but the Russian media propaganda arm, RT".

Flynn asked for immunity in March, but the Senate Intel Committee was not receptive.

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 Russian Federation trip and the payment he received from RT.




Flynn is also under scrutiny by federal law enforcement officials and the inspector general of the Defense Department for his ties to both Russian Federation and Turkey.

In Sunday show appearances, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers said they will press Comey in hearings as to whether he ever felt that Trump tried to interfere with his Federal Bureau of Investigation work.

Flynn has pleaded the Fifth Amendment in order to not talk to Congressional committees. Flynn has previously sought immunity from what he described as "unfair prosecution" to cooperate with the committee.

The fired United States national security adviser will refuse to hand over documents to a Senate panel investigating alleged Russian meddling in the United States election.

The report stated that Flynn said he "had not received any benefit from a foreign country".

They also said the Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel has created a legally unsafe environment for him to cooperate with the Senate panel's investigation.

Former CIA Director John Brennan is to testify in open and closed hearings Tuesday before the House intelligence committee, which is conducting its own investigation.

On Monday, his lawyer informed the Senate Intelligence Committee that the retired lieutenant general would not be providing documents for its investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.

Burr and Warner said they "will vigorously pursue General Flynn's testimony and his production of any and all pertinent materials pursuant to the Committee's authorities". Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma, a Republican on the committee, said its members needed to review the relevant information themselves, rather than rely on "speculation and anonymous sources".


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