FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2016 file photo, National Security Adviser-designate Michael T. Flynn waits for an elevator in the lobby at Trump Tower in New York. The Obama administration is aware of frequent contacts between President-elect Donald Trump’s top national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russia’s ambassador to the United States, including on the day President Barack Obama hit Moscow with sanctions in retaliation for election-related hacking, a senior U.S. official said Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. () (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

House Oversight Committee requests all documents on Mike Flynn's foreign contacts and payments

Congress is taking a deep look at Trump's former National Security adviser


Taylor Link
March 23, 2017 12:22AM (UTC)

The House Oversight Committee wrote a letter to the Department of Defense on Wednesday requesting any and all documents relating to Michael Flynn's business with foreign interests. In the letter addressed to Defense Secretary James Mattis, the committee revealed that it was reviewing whether Flynn, President Trump's former national security adviser, had been fully transparent about his foreign dealings.

The committee wrote that it was probing Flynn's payments from "Russian, Turkish, or other foreign sources,"  but the letter also made sure to specifically request any information about payments he may have received from Russia Today, the Kremlin-backed media outlet.

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Last week the House Oversight Committee obtained documents that showed that Flynn had accepted $45,386 to speak at a celebration for the Russian television network in 2015. At the Russian government's expense Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr., went on a three-day, all-expenses-paid trip in which they both stayed at a five-star hotel in Moscow next to Red Square, the documents revealed.

This week The Daily Beast learned that the former national security adviser had not signed a mandatory ethics pledge that barred all Trump administration appointees from ethically questionable lobbying activities.

The news of the elder Flynn's ties with Russia has roughly coincided with the bombshell headlines of recent days concerning Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who allegedly worked for Russian steel tycoon Oleg Deripaska in the mid-2000s.

The letter the House Oversight Committee sent to the Department of Defense on Wednesday made clear the scope of its inquiry: anything and everything related to the former national security adviser.

"In complying with this request, you are required to produce all responsive documents that are in your possession, custody, or control, whether held by you or your past or present agents, employees, and representatives acting on your behalf," the letter said.

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The committee's chairman, Republican Jason Chaffetz, and Democratic ranking member Elijah E. Cummings signed the letter on Wednesday.


Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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