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Shortly after the 2016 election, US Congressman Cummings warned VP Pence about Michael Flynn:
“Last year, on November 16, 2016, Cummings sent a letter to then Vice President-Elect Pence requesting information about all individuals for whom the Transition Team requested security clearance or to whom the Transition Team proposed giving classified information. https://democrats-oversight.house.gov/sites/democrats.oversight.house.gov/files/documents/2016-11-16.EEC%20to%20Pence_0.pdf
Two days later, Cummings wrote another letter to Pence expressing concerns about General Flynn’s “apparent conflicts of interests,” and noting that Flynn Intel Group—and General Flynn himself—appeared to have conducted work on behalf of foreign governments. Although the Transition Team confirmed receipt of both letters, Pence never provided a response to either and later denied that he was aware of them…” https://democrats-oversight.house.gov/sites/democrats.oversight.house.gov/files/documents/2016-11-18.EEC%20to%20Pence.pdf Read the entire press release here:
“Nov 18, 2016 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (Nov, 18, 2016)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to Vice President-Elect Mike Pence requesting information about the apparent conflicts of interest of the Vice Chairman of the Presidential Transition team, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was reportedly offered the job of National Security Advisor: “… I am writing to raise questions about the apparent conflicts of interest of the Vice Chairman of the Presidential Transition Team, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who reportedly has been selected by the President-elect to be his National Security Advisor. Lt. Gen. Flynn also was paid to travel to Moscow in December 2015 and join Vladimir Putin at the head table during a dinner honoring the Kremlin-backed media network RT. During the event, Lt. Gen. Flynn gave a speech that was highly critical of the United States, stating, “The United States can’t sit there and say, ‘Russia, you’re bad.’” Lt. Gen. Flynn has stated that he was paid by his speaker’s bureau, LAI, but he has not disclosed how much he made or what entity hired LAI.” Read more, see documents here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/trumps-1st-national-security-advisor-flynn-forgot-his-lobbying-supported-the-agenda-of-turkeys-president/
“On May 18  Chaffetz announced his retirement from the House, effective June 30, just 6 months into the two-year term“, alleging health problems. He went to work for Trump friend Murdoch’s Fox news on July 1, 2017: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Chaffetz
“New Document Suggests Flynn Lied During His Security Clearance Interview in Early 2016 May 22, 2017 Press Release
New Document Suggests Flynn Lied During His Security Clearance Interview in Early 2016
Background Check Investigators Wrote Report Summarizing Their Interview With Michael Flynn
Cummings Calls on Chaffetz to Subpoena White House for Flynn Documents
Washington, D.C. (May 22, 2017)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to Chairman Jason Chaffetz with excerpts from an interview summary obtained by the Committee indicating that Lt. General Michael Flynn may have lied to security clearance investigators conducting Flynn’s background check in early 2016.
“[T]he Oversight Committee has in our possession documents that appear to indicate that General Flynn lied to the investigators who interviewed him in 2016 as part of his security clearance renewal,” Cummings wrote. “Specifically, the Committee has obtained a Report of Investigation dated March 14, 2016, showing that General Flynn told security clearance investigators that he was paid by ‘U.S. companies’ when he traveled to Moscow in December 2015 to dine at a gala with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The actual source of the funds for General Flynn’s trip was not a U.S. company, but the Russian media propaganda arm, RT.”
Cummings reiterated his call for the Chairman to subpoena the White House for documents it has been withholding in response to a bipartisan request they made in March relating to Flynn.” https://democrats-oversight.house.gov/news/press-releases/new-document-suggests-flynn-lied-during-his-security-clearance-interview-in
What was Pence’s motive for ignoring Cummings?
What is motive? “A motive, in law, especially criminal law, is the cause that moves people to induce a certain action.” Garner, Bryan A. (2005). Blacks Law Dictionary, Abridged Eight Edition. Thomson / West. p. 855, as cited here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motive_(law)
Thus, a year ago we asked “Is Cummins VP Pence’s Motive for Ignoring Cummings’ Warning Re Flynn? Cummins Literally Moves Russia, Including Military; Partners With KAMAZ Owned By Russian Gov Owned-Sanctioned Entities Rostec & Sberbank”
We can, of course, look at other possible motives. Does he have a connection to Russian funded/co-founded World Congress of Families (WCF)? Is the motive related to the Republican Governors Association? Shall we look at his chief of staff Nick Ayers? Shall we look at his connection to Haley Barbour and Barbour’s apparent connections to Russia through BGR Group? All of this appears far more indirect than his brother and hometown, though they may be the correct answer. All of the above may be the correct answer. It is possible that Ayers intercepted the communication. Only Pence, and hopefully the Mueller team, know for sure. Regarding Ayers, Vicki Ward states: “he could not have had a better tutor than Barbour… “I think Nick would tell you he learned everything he knows from Haley,” said a former RGA colleague, Lauren Lofstrom.” See: “Swamp Thing“, March 15, 2018, by Vicki Ward: https://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/nick-ayers-mike-pence/
Snopes writer David Emery strangely complained in an article entitled “Does Mike Pence’s Brother Make Engines for the Russian Military“, 23 April 2018 that our post on Pence-Cummins-Russia is so “fixated” on Russia that we failed to mention other Cummins joint ventures and explain why Russia matters. However, the whole point of the post was to examine what motive Pence might have in apparently ignoring Cummings’ warning about Flynn: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/is-cummins-vp-pences-motive-for-ignoring-cummings-warning-re-flynn-cummins-literally-moves-russia-including-military-partners-with-kamaz-owned-by-russian-gov-owned-sanctioned-entities-rostec-a Furthermore, the other countries which Emery names as Cummins joint ventures are not under sanctions and, excepting China and India, appear to be smaller markets for diesel engines. Cummins in India is no longer even a joint venture. To our knowledge, none of the countries named would be as dependent upon mining, oil and gas as Russia, and the diesel engines required. Russia has the largest land mass in the world, meaning that transportation is important to its economy. Furthermore, the Russian government has chosen to base its economy largely upon resource extraction. It is the largest natural gas exporter. It also has one of the largest populations. Furthermore, for companies ALL markets matter to the bottom line. Generally this blog gives links so you can verify facts. If we do not give links – usually because so many sites don’t allow links, and/or for want of time – then the information is generally easy to find online or already is found within the blog (there’s a search window if you look). Why anyone would ask a web site whose job is to debunk urban legends about a well-documented post is beyond perplexing, when there are so many undocumented lies found online. Debunking urban legends does not make them an expert in business or economic development, nor does it make them privy to information that only the Mueller team would have access to. It’s always best to check everything yourself, where possible. Even honest people make errors, and there are too many lazy and/or dishonest writers online.