Disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn broke the law by failing to disclose a Middle East trip he took to broker a nuclear deal between the Saudi Arabia and a Russian government agency, House Democrats told Special Counsel Bob Mueller Wednesday.
Flynn was fired after just 23 days at his White House position after he flat out lied that he didn’t discuss sanctions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak while serving as a member of Trump’s transition team. His firing should have come sooner, according to virtually everyone, but it took the self-professed genius, Trump, a mind-boggling 18 days to fire Flynn after learning he had lied.
Flynn has since become embroiled in numerous investigations surrounding his business dealings with Russian and Middle East organizations and the latest revelation from the House Democrats may be the nail in his coffin.
Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking member on the House oversight committee, and New York Rep. Eliot Engel, the ranking member on the House foreign affairs committee, sent a letter to Mueller revealing they have evidence Flynn failed to disclose a trip he took to the Middle East in 2015 to organize a $100 billion deal between three American companies, Saudi Arabia, and Russia’s nuclear power agency, CNN reports.
Flynn failed to disclose the trip when he reapplied for a security clearance.
“It appears that General Flynn violated federal law by omitting this trip and these foreign contacts from his security clearance renewal application in 2016 and concealing them from security clearance investigators who interviewed him as part of the background check process,” House Democrats wrote in a letter to Flynn’s business partners.
It’s not surprising Flynn failed to disclose a deal with Russia, he appears to have a bad case of selective amnesia.
Aside from omitting his illegal talks with Kislyak, Flynn also lied to security clearance investigators that he was paid by “US companies” to travel to Russia, where he had dinner with President Vladimir Putin. It turned out he was actually paid by RT, a Russian state media propaganda network, according to Cummings. A simple mistake to make, no doubt.
But his lies about his Russian cash did not stop there. The House Oversight Committee found he was also paid thousands by a Russian cybersecurity corporation, but again, failed to disclose the payment to investigators.
Look, who hasn’t forgotten to disclose tens of thousands in payments from Russia, then badly lied about it to investigators? Trump did promise he would surround himself with the best people.
As Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s many ties to Russia continues, Flynn may be a key piece in building a case against his former boss.
Investigators have Flynn dead to rights for violating federal law by repeatedly omitting key facts and lying to investigators. But if it’s Trump that Mueller is after, and reports suggest that’s exactly the case, prosecutors could give Flynn immunity in return for his testimony against Trump.
Flynn has already expressed an interest in such a deal, asking the Senate Intelligence Committee to grant him immunity in return for his testimony. That deal was rejected.
But such a move may be right up Mueller’s alley. According to Reuters, his prosecutors are building a money laundering case for another Russia-linked Trump pal, former campaign manager Paul Manafort, specifically in hopes that he will cooperate in their investigation of Trump.
Mike Flynn is rightly panicking. Perhaps the so-called president should be as well.