Derek Reinbold // 4/30/17 //
The Pentagon’s top watchdog has initiated an investigation into whether Michael Flynn failed to obtain proper approval to receive money from Russian and Turkish groups (Washington Post).
Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, likely violated federal law by not disclosing business dealings with Russia, according to the heads of the House Oversight Committee (NY Times, WaPo).
Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said Thursday that Russian meddling in U.S. elections could become “normalized” if the government does not respond to Moscow’s interference in the 2016 election (The Hill).
The House Intelligence Committee will continue its Russia investigation with new leadership and an updated witness list and plans for hearings (WaPo).
Senator Ben Cardin, the highest-ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, no longer feels that President Trump will undo sanctions against Russia (Politico).
According to the New York Times, FBI Director James Comey struggled to balance the nascent investigation into Russian interference with the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
At The Hill, Morgan Chalfant raises five questions for Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), who took over the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian interference after Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) recused himself.
The House Intelligence Committee asked several Obama administration officials, including former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, to testify publicly regarding the investigation into Russian interference (The Hill).
Intelligence officials are concerned about potential Russian interference into upcoming European elections (The Hill).