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'No sign Gen Flynn complied with the law', says House Oversight Panel

Flynn frequently raised eyebrows among Washington's foreign policy establishment for trying to persuade Trump to warm up US relations with Russia. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 25, 2017, 04.28 PM (IST)

US President Donald Trump's pick for national security adviser, who was fired for lying to the Vice President about his contact with the Russian ambassador to the US, did not disclose payments from Russia and does not appear to have complied with the law, said the House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz and the ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings, according to media reports. 

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This comes after reviewing Michael Flynn's application for a security clearance.

Chaffetz and Cumming told reporters following a classified committee meeting in which they characterised the documents under review as "extremely troubling".

Chaffetz said, "I see no data to support the notion that General Flynn complied with the law", in regards to whether or not Flynn received permission from the State Department or from the Pentagon, or that he disclosed the more than $45,000 he received for making a speech to RT-TV in Russia, the state-funded news network.

This comes after the White House failed to provide documents about Flynn that the panel investigating him had sought, CNN reports.

Last month it was also revealed that Flynn's lobbying work which benefitted Turkey netted him $530,000. Flynn was awarded this contract right before Trump selected him to be national security adviser. 

Today, Politico reported, citing court records, that the Turkish man who gave him this contract has business ties to Russia, including a 2009 aviation financing deal he negotiated with Vladimir Putin. 

(WION)

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