House oversight panel seeks records of former Trump aide Flynn

© Reuters. Michael Flynn (C) arrives before a joint press conference between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, USA.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The main investigative panel of the US House of Representatives asked the White House and the FBI for documents about former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s foreign contacts with Russia, Turkey and other countries, his Republican president and Democratic counterpart. .

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz and rank Democrat Elijah Cummings said in a statement that the panel also requested related documents from the Department of Defense and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. .

The committee is considering whether Flynn, who resigned less than a month after President Donald Trump took office on January 20, fully disclosed his payments from foreign sources.

Flynn’s departure followed a report that the Justice Department had previously warned the White House that Flynn could be vulnerable to blackmail for contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump took office.

Another report later showed that Flynn, a retired lieutenant general in the US military, had been working as a representative for Turkey during last year’s presidential campaign even when he was advising Trump.

Separately on Wednesday, the chairman of the US House of Representatives intelligence committee, Devin Nunes, a Republican, said intelligence agencies had swept up incidental communications of Trump’s political campaign after the 8 November, raising concerns about spying on the newly elected president.

Chaffetz and Cummings said their request included documents about security clearance requests, as well as overseas contacts and payments, including payments Flynn received from RT, the Kremlin-backed media outlet.

The committee asked the White House and other agencies to provide all documents related to Flynn from his retirement in 2014 to the present, and to turn them over to the panel by April 3.

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