President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, appeared to break U.S. law when he failed to seek permission or inform the government about accepting tens of thousands of dollars from Russian organizations after a trip there in 2015, leaders of a House committee investigating possible Russian ties with the Trump campaign said Tuesday.
This was revealed by Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, the two leaders of the oversight committee, who said there was no evidence Flynn complied with federal law.
They added that Flynn could face criminal charges and called on him to surrender the money he was paid.
That money needs to be recovered,” said Chaffetz, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. “You simply cannot take money from Russia, Turkey or anybody else.”
Flynn’s attorney, Robert Kelner, said Flynn reported his plans to travel to Russia to his former agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and he briefed officials there after he returned.
Kelner declined to answer questions about whether Flynn properly disclosed the payments.
Trump’s White House has refused to provide lawmakers with information and documents related to Flynn’s security clearance and payments from organizations tied to the Russian and Turkish governments.
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