Chaffetz: Flynn may have violated federal law

Chaffetz: Flynn may have violated federal law

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National Security Advisor Mike Flynn delivers a press statement on Iran's January 29th ballistic missile test. February 1, 2017. Courtesy: C-SPAN
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned under pressure after only 24 days on the job, setting a record for the shortest tenure in the post. (Courtesy: C-SPAN/file)

WASHINGTON – Former White House National Security Adviser retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn may have violated federal law by failing to disclose supposedly unauthorized payments from Russia and Turkey, according to the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

“I see no data to support the notion that Gen. Flynn complied with the law,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah.) said at a news conference on Tuesday accompanied by the committee’s ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.).

The announcement followed the Oversight Committee’s Tuesday morning review of Flynn-related documents including the retired lieutenant general’s January 2016 application for an updated security clearance.

Under federal law applicants are required to disclose any payments derived from work on behalf of foreign governments.

Flynn resigned in February following reports that he had diplomatically engaged Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak prior to President Trump taking office.

Flynn later said that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversation.

Media reports preceding the announcement suggested that in a late December phone conversation Flynn had given Moscow the impression that the incoming administration might be willing to lift sanctions that were imposed on Russia following that nation’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from neighboring Ukraine.

Congressional committees are investigating Russia’s attempt to manipulate the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election as well as alleged ties between members of the Trump campaign and high-ranking Russian officials.

Flynn last month said he would testify before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence if granted immunity but the request was denied.

Flynn’s attorney Robert Kelner said in a statement Tuesday that his client has been both transparent and forthcoming.

 

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