One of the many scandals dogging Donald Trump’s government is the failure to properly vet disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who had ties to foreign governments and obtained payments from Russia, despite a warning from the Defense Intelligence Agency that it’d be prohibited to do so.
The White House has been blocking the congressional investigation into Flynn, refusing to turn over documents requested by the House Oversight Committee.
Those documents could further establish that Flynn was hired with full knowledge of his status as a foreign agent, and may also confirm that Vice President Mike Pence whined about what he knew and when.
In March, Pence claimed that he had “just learned” of payments that Flynn received for his work on behalf of the Turkish authorities. But, new reports reveal that the Trump transition group, headed by Pence, was aware of Flynn’s job and appointed him to this position anyhow. Currently Marc T. Short, the White House manager for Legislative Affairs and Pence’s longtime aide and family friend, is orchestrating the barrier of the House Oversight Committee’s investigation of Flynn, which might be incredibly damaging to Pence.
In a statement emailed to Shareblue, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the ranking member of the committee, says that he warned Pence about Flynn’s conflicts of interest:
In addition to being in the press in the fall — well after General Flynn’s last background check — I warned the Vice President directly six months ago about the conflicts created by Lt. General Flynn’s company lobbying on behalf of Turkish interests. It is unclear whether the White House heeded my warnings or did any vetting at all, but it’s clear now that they could have prevented the problems that occurred with Lt. General Flynn. Republicans in Congress are doing a disservice to the White House and our national security interests by not conducting rigorous and serious oversight of the Administration, especially to help catch issues early and address them.
Cummings is referring to a letter he sent Pence in November, during the presidential transition, cautioning of Flynn’s actions on behalf of a foreign government, also requesting additional data from Pence, as head of the transition team.
The Trump team obviously ignored Cummings’ warnings and is desperately trying to conceal what they knew, even before Trump took office, about Flynn’s job on behalf of overseas governments.
Cummings’ latest statement highlights the partisanship which has hobbled all of the investigations in the Trump government and illustrates the urgent requirement for an independent investigation.
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