House Oversight Committee: Michael Flynn Violated the Law by Not Disclosing Russian Payments

There are still so many questions outstanding in the probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

The House Oversight Committee has joined the fray, with revelations of their own.

To begin with, it seems Flynn very likely ran afoul of the law, when he failed to disclose payments he received from Russia on paperwork submitted to renew his security clearance.

From The New York Post:

“As a former military officer, you simply cannot take money from Russia, Turkey or anybody else,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the committee. “And it appears as if he did take that money. It was inappropriate and there are repercussions for the violation of law.”

He also traveled to Moscow in 2015 and had dinner with Russian President Vladimir Putin – something that has raised questions about the permissions received for that trip, given the current turn of events.

Lying on national security documents is a crime, as well as a military officer taking payments from a foreign government, the bipartisan leaders of the committee said.

The comments came after reviewing classified documents for the first time on Flynn’s national security clearance application in 2016.

“They are extremely troubling,” Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said after emerging from the classified briefing at the Capitol.

Furthermore, the White House has refused to turn over information requested by the House Oversight Committee, stating that they don’t have all the documents the committee is seeking.

Robert Kelner, Flynn’s lawyer, has offered that his client was in touch with the Defense Intelligence Agency about his trips to Russia and payments received from RT, the Kremlin’s propaganda arm.

“General Flynn briefed the Defense Intelligence Agency, a component agency of DoD, extensively regarding the RT speaking event trip both before and after the trip, and he answered any questions that were posed by DIA concerning the trip during those briefings,” Kelner told the Wall Street Journal.

Several weeks ago, Flynn’s lawyers made it known that their client was willing to testify for immunity, something Flynn, himself, has said is not asked for unless someone is guilty of something. Maybe this is why.

This latest revelation is another troubling spark to many that have already gone before.

How long before this whole investigations is a full-blown fire?

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