There is no indication that Trump’s former National Security Adviser General Mike Flunn complied with the law by properly disclosing payments he received from Russia, Republican House Oversight Chair Jason Chaffetz said Tuesday.
Ranking Member Democrat Elijah Cummings further said, “There is no evidence anywhere in these documents that Flynn reported the funds he received for his trip to Moscow.”
“I see no data to support the notion that Gen. Flynn complied with the law,” Chaffetz said according to CNN.
Chaffetz also said in a video provided by MSNBC, “It was inappropriate (Flynn taking money from Russia), and there are repercussions for the violation of law.”
Chaffetz says it appears Mike Flynn took money from Russia: “it was inappropriate, and there are repercussions for the violation of law” pic.twitter.com/quQq6niPjB
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) April 25, 2017
This is significant in regards to Donald Trump and the Russia investigation for many reasons, but especially because Trump knew about Flynn’s ties to Russia before he chose him as his National Security Adviser.
CNN also reported according to a letter they obtained that the Trump White House “declined to provide documents related to Flynn that the panel investigating him had requested.”
Cummings said they had grave concerns, “These docs are troubling. We have grave concerns. I believe these documents should be declassified. The White House has refused to provide us with a single piece of paper in response to our request. Unacceptable. We need a thorough and robust investigation.”
— House OversightDems (@OversightDems) April 25, 2017
As all of this is going on, the Republican-led Senate is doing all that it can to ignore their responsibility to their country and constituents, by essentially quashing the Senate investigation into the Trump Russia scandal through sabotage. They used 46 staffers to investigate Benghazi, but are using just 7 to investigate an attack on our country by a hostile foreign aggressor.
Here’s Donald Trump denying any contact between his advisers and Russia:
— Elijah E. Cummings (@RepCummings) March 4, 2017
But now the White House is refusing to turn over documents requested by Congress and it appears as if Mike Flynn broke the law by not disclosing the payments from Russia.
“No contacts with Russia”; also known as Flynn, Sessions, Ross, Tillerson, Page, Manafort, Donald Jr, Ivanka, Cohen, Stone and Kushner.
The Oversight Committee’s investigation is looking into Flynn Trump/Russia, while the House Intelligence Committee is investigating the Russian interference in the 2016 election, and Trump Russia – including the campaign and possible collusion.
There’s a lot of Russia smoke swirling around the Trump White House. The only question is will the Republican-led Congress actually do something about it.
Chaffetz, who has his eye set on higher office, made a smart move for his long term career today when he called out Flynn for appearing to have violated the law.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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