By AUSTIN WRIGHT 05/22/2017 05:00 PM EDT
Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said Monday his panel has obtained documents “that appear to indicate” that Michael Flynn “lied to the investigators who interviewed him in 2016 as part of his security clearance renewal.”
Flynn told security clearance investigators he was paid by “U.S. companies” for his 2015 trip to Moscow for an event celebrating the Russian propaganda outlet RT, where he sat at a table with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Flynn was paid $45,000 by RT for a speech he gave at the event. The money was routed through Flynn’s speakers’ bureau, Leading Authorities. But Cummings notes that RT paid “directly” for airfare, lodging and other expenses for Flynn and his son.
It is a crime to falsify or conceal information on a security clearance application