National Security

Cummings: Flynn Misled Pentagon on Ties to Russia

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The ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee wrote a letter stating former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn misled the Pentagon on his ties to Russia, according to the New York Times.

In the letter, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D., Md.) wrote Flynn was in the process of being investigated for a Top Secret clearance by officials at the time.

According to the letter from Cummings to Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah), Flynn told investigators in February that he only had "unsubstantial contact" with foreigners and that he did not receive income from foreign companies. However, Cummings points to Flynn having sat next to Russian President Vladimir Putin and receiving $45,000 to attend an event hosted by the Russian television network RT.

If Flynn is prosecuted for intentionally misleading investigators, he could face felony charges to be punished by up to five years in prison.

Flynn's attorney has sent a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee stating that Flynn will invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in response to its subpoena.

UPDATE: 8:22 P.M.: This article has been updated to show that Flynn did not plead the Fifth, but rather had his attorney send a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee stating he will invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in response to its subpoena. In addition, the beginning of the article has been changed to make clear that Cummings' letter laid out the charge that Flynn misled the Pentagon on his ties to Russia.