House Oversight Committee Requests Flynn Docs From WH, FBI, DoD, DNI

President Donald Trump Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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The House Oversight Committee on Wednesday requested documents related to ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn from the White House, FBI, Department of Defense and Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

In a committee statement, Chair Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said they requested “documents relating to Flynn’s foreign contacts and payments, security clearance applications, and other related documents between the time of his retirement in 2014 to present day.”

Flynn resigned on Feb. 13 after reports revealed he spoke with the Russian ambassador to the United States about sanctions before President Donald Trump took office.

Since his resignation, more information has come to light regarding Flynn’s business ties abroad, including to foreign governments.

On March 7, Flynn’s company, Flynn Intel Group, retroactively registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act for work it had done for Inovo BV, a Dutch firm run by a Turkish businessman, during the presidential election. The group said in the filing that their work “could be construed to have principally benefitted the Republic of Turkey.”

Last week, Cummings published documents he said proved that Flynn had been paid by the Russian state-funded RT network for his attendance at their 10-year anniversary gala in Moscow. Previously, Flynn had refused to say more than that he had been paid by his speaker’s bureau. But the documents appeared to show that that bureau, Leading Authorities, Inc., had been paid all of Flynn’s expenses, and its own commission, by RT.

The Daily Beast reported Wednesday that Flynn did not sign Turmp’s ethics pledge upon beginning as national security adviser. That pledge would have prevented Flynn from lobbying on behalf of foreign governments for life, and from lobbying his former colleagues for five years.

“Gen. Flynn never had the opportunity to sign Trump’s ethics pledge, but he plans to abide by its terms,” Flynn spokesman Price Floyd told the publication.

Read the committee’s letter to the White House below:

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