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FILE - This Feb. 1, 2017, file photo shows then National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, joined by K.T. McFarland, deputy national security adviser, during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. President Donald Trump says his former national security adviser, Mike Flynn, is right to ask for immunity in exchange for talking about Russia. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

A new letter shows Flynn lied to investigators about funding for his foreign trips


UPDATE 5:43 p.m. EST

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) revealed new information about former national security adviser Michael Flynn in a letter to House Oversight Committee Chair Rep. Jason Chaffetz on Monday.

In the letter, Cummings refers to a Report of Investigation the committee obtained, which shows Flynn lied to security clearance investigators about who funded his trips abroad. 

According to the letter obtained by CNN, Flynn claimed his 2015 trip to Moscow was funded by U.S. companies. The actual source of funding was a Russian media propaganda arm, according to the letter. 

The Report of Investigation also noted that Flynn said he had not "received any benefit from a foreign country." 

In the letter Cummings, along with other democratic members of the committee, urged Chaffetz to subpoena documents from the White House to determine how much top officials knew about Flynn's foreign trips.

We need to know what the President, Vice President, White House Counsel, and other top officials knew about General Flynn -- and when they knew it.
Rep. Elijah Cummings

UPDATE 3:56 p.m. EST

If former national security adviser Michael Flynn refuses to comply with a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee, he could be held in contempt of Congress. 

Holding Flynn in contempt of Congress won't be an easy task, according to the 2014 paper entitled "Understanding Your Rights in Response to a Congressional Subpoena," by the law firm Mayer Brown. 

"The level of support necessary to pass a resolution of contempt by chamber vote is obviously significantly greater than that needed to issue the subpoena in the first instance," the paper notes

Still, even if Flynn is held in contempt, Time reports that the process could take months or years. 

The law firm Mayer Brown notes that the media, which is described in the paper as a "wild card," could actually help Congress in this instance.

"Issues garnering substantial media attention and public interest are much more likely to capture the interest of members and to move quickly through the enforcement process," Mayer Brown notes in the paper. 

Original Story

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn will decline a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee by invoking the Fifth Amendment later today, the Associated Press reported, citing "a person with direct knowledge of the matter."

The Fifth Amendment protects individuals against self-incrimination.

Flynn's actions are a central component of the many investigations into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. 

Less than two weeks ago, the committee issued a subpoena for any documents Flynn possessed as a part of the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. 

Flynn is unlikely to hand over personal documents, as doing so would waive some constitutional protections. Flynn had sought immunity from prosecution in exchange for his cooperation with the committee. 

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