The Trump administration has denied a request by the US House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee for documents related to payments that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn received from foreign governments, the committee’s ranking members Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said in a press briefing on Tuesday.
“We received a response from the White House refusing to provide any of the documents we requested,” Cummings said at the press conference. “The White House has refused to offer a single piece of paper in response to this committee’s bipartisan request and that’s simply unacceptable.”
The Hill writes: “Legislative affairs director Marc Short said the committee is requesting documents that are not in possession of the White House because they involved Flynn’s activity prior to President Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration. Other documents sought by the committee, from after Jan. 20, involve sensitive information, he said.”
“It is unclear how such documents would be relevant to the stated purpose of the committee’s review, which according to your letter is to examine Lt. Gen. Flynn’s disclosure of payments related to activities that occurred in 2015 and 2016, prior to his service in the White House,” Short wrote in a letter dated April 19 that was sent to committee leaders.
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The congressman added he hoped that by releasing the letter from the White House denying the committee’s requests, the Trump administration would be pressured into complying with their investigation.
Cummings said Flynn might have committed a felony by not disclosing foreign income he earned for a speaking engagement in Russia and lobbying activities on behalf of Turkey when he applied to reinstate his security clearance before assuming the role of national security adviser.
“This is a major problem,” Cummings said.
“Personally I see no evidence or no data to support the notion that General Flynn complied with the law,” Chaffetz told reporters following the briefing.
“He was supposed to get permission, he was supposed to report it, and he didn’t,” Cummings said.