Top members of the House Oversight Committee have decided that Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser to President Donald Trump, violated the law when he did not include payments made from Russia in papers submitted for the renewal of his security clearance.
“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.”
“They are extremely troubling,” Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said of documents viewed by the committee during a classified briefing at the Capitol.
Cummings also accused the White House of getting in the way of the investigation by declining to provide documents from their vetting of Flynn as well as his termination.
“The White House has refused to provide this committee with a single piece of paper in response to our bipartisan requests,” Cummings said.
On May 8, a public hearing will be held before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee. There, Flynn’s contacts will be discussed, and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates is set to testify as well.