The Washington Post reported on Monday that former national security adviser Michael Flynn mislead Pentagon investigators about the income he received from Russia and contacts he had with Russian officials when he applied for a top-secret security clearance last year. This is according to a letter that was released by the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee on Monday.
According to the letter, Flynn lied to investigators back in February of 1016 when he said he had received no income from foreign companies and had only “insubstantial contact” with foreign nationals.
Flynn had actually sat right next Russian President Vladimir Putin just two months prior to his statements. The former security adviser made an appearance at a Moscow gala for RT, the Kremlin-financed television network, which paid him more than $45,000 to attend the event and give a separate speech.
The letter, which was written by Elijah E. Cummings, was made public just hours after Flynn rejected a subpoena from senators investigating Russia.
Flynn was ordered by the Senate Intelligence Committee to hand over any records he had that dealt with Russia, but he decided to invoke his Fifth Amendment right. This puts him at risk of being held in contempt of Congress, which can also result in a criminal charge.
According to the Times “Mr. Cummings quoted directly from the Pentagon report detailing his clearance process. The Pentagon document itself, a “Report of Investigation” from March 2016, was not included with his letter sent to Representative Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican who is chairman of the Oversight Committee.”