White House spokesman Sean Spicer says a request from the House of Representatives oversight panel to release documents regarding former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is unwieldy and concerns actions that took place before President Trump took office. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) White House Spokesman Sean Spicer called it 'ridiculous' to ask the White House to turn over documents involving President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Spicer said that a request from the House of Representatives oversight panel to release documents regarding Flynn was unwieldy and concerned actions that took place before President Trump took office. "Right now to ask the White House to produce documents that were not in possession of the White House is ridiculous," Spicer said. Leaders of the House of Representatives oversight panel said on Tuesday that former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn likely broke the law by failing to get permission to be paid for a trip to Russia in 2015. During the visit, Flynn, a retired lieutenant general who advised Donald Trump's presidential campaign, dined with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Flynn is a subject in investigations by intelligence committees in the House and Senate, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, into allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election. Russia has denied the allegations, which have cast a shadow over the first 100 days of Trump's presidency.