May 22, 2017 4:22 PM
Michael Flynn had been ordered by the Senate Intelligence Committee to hand over emails and other records related to any dealings with Russians as part of that panel’s investigation into Russian election meddling. His decision to invoke his Fifth Amendment right puts him at risk of being held in contempt of Congress, which can also result in a criminal charge.
Mr. Flynn’s lawyer, Robert Kelner, did not respond to a request for comment.
The controversies surrounding the Trump White House’s ties to Russia have overshadowed the early months of the new administration, and Mr. Flynn has been at the center of the maelstrom. He is under scrutiny both by congressional committees and by federal law enforcement agencies for his ties to Russia and his business dealings with Turkey.
In February, Mr. Trump asked James B. Comey, then the F.B.I. director, to end the FBI investigation into Flynn , a request some legal experts have said amounts to obstruction of justice.
Lawmakers had previously asserted that Mr. Flynn had failed to disclose the income he had received for the Moscow trip to obtain security clearance to work in the White House, but the letter released on Monday shows he had misled investigators during a previous attempt to renew his clearance, months before Mr. Trump won election.
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 the chairman of the oversight committee.
As Mr. Flynn’s legal problems have accumulated, White House officials have tried to distance themselves from him. They have also tried to shift blame, pointing out that it was during the Obama administration that his security clearance was renewed. Mr. Flynn, a former three-star general, ran the Defense Intelligence Agency from mid-2012 until 2014.
The House committee has asked the White House to turn over all documents used by Mr. Trump’s transition team to vet Mr. Flynn before naming him national security adviser, as well as any communications among Mr. Trump’s top aides about Mr. Flynn’s contacts with foreign officials.
The White House has thus far refused the request. Mr. Cummings has been pushing Mr. Chaffetz to issue a subpoena demanding the documents.
Previous documents released by the oversight committee revealed that Mr. Flynn was paid more than $65,000 by companies linked to Russia in 2015. In addition to RT, Mr. Flynn received $11,250 from a Russian cargo airline, Volga-Dnepr Airlines, which had been implicated in a bribery scheme involving Russian officials at the United Nations. In October 2015, he was paid another $11,250 by Kaspersky Government Security Solutions, the American branch of a Russian cybersecurity firm.
Retired generals are ordinarily allowed to keep a clearance as a courtesy, but they also must report all income from foreign sources to the Pentagon. Possessing a security clearance opens up potentially lucrative jobs with government contractors, who prize the contacts and insider knowledge of retired generals.
“While we recognize General Flynn’s constitutional right to invoke the Fifth Amendment, we are disappointed he has chosen to disregard the committee’s subpoena request for documents relevant and necessary to our investigation,” they said in a joint statement. “We will vigorously pursue General Flynn’s testimony and his production of any and all pertinent materials pursuant to the committee’s authorities.”
Mar 28, 2017 7:00 PM
Congresswoman Maxine Waters wants you to "stay woke!" She also wants you to know that she loves the Constitution, she's angling for impeachment, and she, actually, does have some thoughts about your mac and cheese.
Maxine Waters is the real deal. And she's been the real deal for decades now. Unlike many people and events that catch viral attention (and sure, Waters has done that, too), Congresswoman Waters actually has the record to back it up. And so in January, when I wrote that Congresswoman Waters "would like to cordially invite you to not come for her unless she sends for you," I was writing about the breathtaking read that captured the attention of millions as well as a long history of taking politicians down a peg. Washington has been peg-deficient for years, and Waters has been there to take them down. Maxine Waters did not come to play today or yesterday or any of the days of her 37 years of public service.
Congresswoman Waters is aware of what the Internet has to say about her. She has asked her grandchildren to explain shade to her and she is caught up on the tea. And it turns out, she loves it. In an interview during ELLE's 2017 Women in Washington event, the iconic representative talks about millennial political engagement, her history of public service, and, well, me. And, as usual, she doesn't hold back.
I have to ask you about your last tweet, "Impeaching is coming." What's that all about?
Well, here's why: I have dared to use the word "impeachment" to the dislike of even some of my colleagues who think that, "Oh my god, that's premature. It's not time to talk about that." But that's my goal. My goal is impeachment.
And after Comey admitted and revealed that the former President of the United States had not wiretapped Trump and that they did have an investigation going on to try to determine the interaction between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin or the Russians and [Vladimir] Putin, there was some movement. Because when I started talking about this, I know people had to wonder, "What is she talking about?" I was a little bit ahead of the game.
The Kremlin clan!
I got them! The Kremlin clan. Basically what I said was, "Get ready for impeachment, because I'm ready for it!" I think that with continued investigation, connecting the dots, more information will come forward, as it did with Paul Manafort.
This country will not stand by a president who is proven to be in support of undermining our democracy. Whatever Trump's reasons are, this love of Putin is not gonna eventually play well. People may be a little bit slow in getting it, but his connection to Putin and the Kremlin and all of those allies of his that have connections with Ukraine and with Russia are going to be revealed, and that's gonna be his downfall and my goal is impeachment.
Tell me about the experience of going "viral."
What [your] pieces did was to describe me in ways that I think a lot of the millennials understand or can identify with. I'm like Aunt Maxine, that Aunt who comes to your house and looks around, and says something like this, "Well why haven't you done this? Why don't you take care of that?"
Right, like critiquing the mac and cheese…
Right, "What'd you put in here?" I think that a lot of the young people identify with that. They've experienced that with relatives or with their aunts or what have you. ... The thinking is that older people cannot connect, that we can't talk [to young people]. But what I discovered is, it works if they think you're telling the truth! And if they think you have the courage to tell it like it is.
I'm having a good time talking to my grandchildren these days. I say to them: Tell me about shade, guys. C'mon, tell me about that! And then when I learn something and I see them, and they don't know what I've learned, I go, 'Stay woke.' [laughs]
And then they're impressed?
Yeah, they're impressed. I'm enjoying it, I'm having a good time. But more than that, I'm really, really, really thrilled about the fact that millennials are listening, they're participating, and they wanna be involved, they understand what's going on, and they want us to make it right. I love that.
Jan 7, 2017 6:53 PM
At first I thought he was sabotaging his compaign by September. Why? because he didn't think he would make it this far. Then epiphany happen he saw the light at the end of the tunnel. Too misplace his ideas of what the presidency really meant. Businessman he is probably passable, with his millions and a few (?) billions.
Now the truth, who better to use for the next coming event. The Illuminati is the textbook, and the Cabal is the instrument to make things happen. Yes Trumps has a seat at the table, but he will never be the head of that table. With his ego, and arrogance who better to perform the alternative goverment uprising. They (Cabal) will place him, where they want him to be, thus begins the great ponzi scheme of America, and your Bill of Rights.
It is not Trump you should be scared of, but how HE WILL be manipulated. He will have no choice. He is like the wolf to the 3 pigs at present. The 3 pigs - Congress, Nation, Global Allies. He is the poster child for the Elite, and how they want this goverment to run. Yes the rich will get richer, and the poor, well let's just say your fucked, and you know it already.
Changes will occur no doubt, you have to read between the lines. Look at what your not seeing. Don't believe everything your read or hear. Investigate for yourselves, be like Snowden and the truth will set your free, even if your a condem person, someone out there knows IT'S THE TRUTH.
BTW - keep your eyes, ears, common sense aware of what is going on in Antarctica and Chile. Suprise, surprise, surprise (Gomer Pyle voice). Scientist you know it's true, you guys keep coming up missing(?). The Event is Coming.
For now try to stay postive, and see how you can assist with changes for the better. ONE VOICE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Silence things will only remain the same and beguile.