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House Oversight Committee: Flynn ‘Inappropriately’ Took Foreign Money

The White House on Tuesday denied the House Oversight Committee’s request for documents relating to former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was fired in February for lying to the vice president. Additionally, the committee’s leaders said Flynn “inappropriately” accepted money from foreign governments. In a letter to the committee’s chairman, Jason Chaffetz, White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short said “we are unable to accommodate” many of the requests, adding that many of them are not in the possession of the White House. The committee is probing whether Flynn disclosed his foreign payments when he applied for a government security clearance. “As a former military officer, you simply cannot take money from Russia, Turkey, or anybody else,” Chaffetz added. Rep. Elijah Cummings, the committee’s ranking member, said on Tuesday that Flynn should appear before the committee because he “concealed” foreign payments. “This is a major problem,” Cummings said. “It also says this, and let me quote is directly: ‘The U.S. Criminal Code (title 18, section 1001) provides that knowingly falsifying or concealing a material fact is a felony which may result in fines and/or up to give years imprisonment.’”

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