Top Democrat says Flynn misled federal investigators about source of payments

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Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Jason Chaffetz (R) (R-UT) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) speak about the failure of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to disclose payments for a 2015 speech in Moscow on a security clearance application, in D.C. Photo by Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Jason Chaffetz, right, and Rep. Elijah Cummings speak about the failure of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to disclose payments for a 2015 speech in Moscow on a security clearance application at a news conference in Washington, D.C. Cummings said this week he has reviewed documents that indicate Flynn misled investigators. Photo by Joshua Roberts/Reuters

The top two members of the Senate intelligence committee say they will “vigorously pursue” the testimony of President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, even though Michael Flynn has invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina and Mark Warner of Virginia say they are disappointed that Flynn has decided to ignore the committee’s subpoena. Earlier this month, the committee asked Flynn and other Trump associates for lists of meetings and notes taken during the presidential campaign.

The Senate intelligence committee is among the congressional panels investigating Russia’s election meddling and possible ties with the Trump campaign. The FBI is also investigating.

The top Democrat on a House oversight committee also says documents he’s reviewed suggest that Flynn misled federal security clearance investigators about the source of payments Flynn received from a Russian state-sponsored television network.

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland says Flynn told the investigators during an early 2016 security clearance review that a trip to Moscow was “funded by U.S. companies.” Cummings says the actual source of the funds was “the Russian media propaganda arm, RT.”

Cummings made the statements in a letter to Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican and chairman of the House oversight committee. Cummings’ letter came the same day Flynn declined to provide documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee, citing his Fifth Amendment protection from self-incrimination. Read the letter here.

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