The Trump administration’s constant march into deeper infamy is being spearheaded by the disgraced former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. He’s an endless well of embarrassment for the White House, as each week seems to bring with it a fresh Flynn scandal. True to form, today has ushered in a new revelation about the corrupt Russian asset.
Representative Elijah Cummings just sent a letter to Jason Chaffetz, Chairman of the Senate Oversight Committee, informing him that it appears Flynn lied during his security clearance interview last year.
The letter lambasts Chaffetz for failure to act by not issuing a subpoena to the White House for certain Flynn documents. Cummings accuses Chaffetz of implicitly endorsing the absurd idea that Trump’s administration bore no responsibility for the failure to properly vet Flynn. Republicans have tried, ludicrously, to pin the Flynn controversy on the Obama administration, this despite the fact that former Attorney General Sally Yates testified that she warned Trump’s White House about the risk Flynn
Republicans have tried, ludicrously, to pin the Flynn controversy on the Obama administration, this despite the fact that former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates testified that she warned Trump’s White House about the risk Flynn posed a month before they fired him, concerned because he was “highly susceptible to blackmail” from Russia.
Cummings alleges that Flynn lied during the security interview by saying he was paid by an American company for a visit to Moscow. In reality, he was paid by the Russian state-run media company RT. The New York Times reports that lying to federal investigators in such a manner could carry a penalty of five years in prison.
It’s a serious offense that Flynn has committed, and Cummings sent his letter shortly after it was revealed that Flynn was invoking the 5th amendment to avoid testifying before the Senate Intel Committee. Flynn had been subpoenaed to hand over any emails and records detailing contact between himself and Russia. His refusal to do so seems to be a strong indication of guilt.
Flynn has long appeared to be the weak link in the Trump/Russia collusion chain, with Trump himself going so far as to ask then-FBI Director James Comey to abandon the investigation into Flynn, in what is seen by many as an attempt to obstruct justice. Trump is clearly worried about what Flynn knows, and it’s only a matter of time before it’s revealed to the public.
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Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.