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White House covering up for Flynn: Cummings

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 01:15

Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, slams the White House for refusing to comply with a bipartisan request to produce documents relating to President Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, slammed the White House for refusing to comply with a bipartisan request to produce documents relating to President Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn. "Something that baffles me is why in the world if the President fired someone from lying do you then seem to protect them? I don't understand that, and I think that that leaves a big question mark for all of us," Cummings said. Cummings released documents from the Pentagon that showed it had found no evidence that Flynn sought permission to receive foreign funds despite being warned in 2014 against taking such payments. An attorney for Flynn did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In a redacted version of a letter sent to the committee this week, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) told lawmakers it had found no evidence that Flynn sought approval of or reported any foreign payments. Cummings also released an October 2014 letter from DIA to Flynn outlining ethics restrictions that applied to him on retirement from the U.S. Army, including a prohibition on accepting payments from foreign sources without permission. The latest release of documents comes amid congressional investigations of possible ties between Trump's election campaign and Russia. Flynn resigned on Feb. 13 after failing to disclose his talks with Sergei Kislyak, Russian ambassador to the United States, before Trump took office.

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White House covering up for Flynn: Cummings

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 01:15