Letter says that Michael Flynn misled Pentagon over Russia

Michael Flynn, US President Trump's former national security adviser, misled Pentagon investigators about his income from companies in Russia.
By Adam Widmer | May 23, 2017
Michael Flynn, US President Trump's former national security adviser, misled Pentagon investigators about his income from companies in Russia.

According to the letter released Monday by the top Democrat on the House oversight committee, Flynn also gave useless information on contacts with Russian officials when he applied for a renewal of his top-secret security clearance last year.

Flynn, who resigned 24 days into Trump's administration, told investigators in February this year that he had not received any income from foreign companies.

According to the letter, he claimed that he had only "insubstantial contact" with foreign nationals.

But according to the letter, Flynn had sat with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a Moscow gala for RT, the Kremlin-financed television network.

The network paid him more than $45,000 to attend the event and give a separate speech.

Flynn's failure to reveal those details and his apparent attempt to hoodwink the Pentagon could put him in further legal problems.

Intentionally lying to federal investigators is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Separately, the former national security adviser faces legal questions over failing to properly register as a foreign agent for lobbying he did last year on behalf of Turkey while advising the Trump campaign, which is also a felony.

The letter, written by Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland, was made public hours after Flynn formally rejected a subpoena from Senators probing Russian interference in the 2016 election.

According to a source familiar with his decision, Flynn rejected the subpoena choosing instead to invoke his right against self-incrimination.

He had been ordered by the Senate Intelligence Committee to hand over emails and other records related to any dealings with Russians, as part of the committee's investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 election.

 

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