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Fox News: White House Is Covering Up Flynn Scandal

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Fox News anchor Shepard Smith questioned whether the White House is trying to cover up a potential scandal between former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and the Russian government.

"The situation is unprecedented," Smith said on his Fox News program, reports the Independent. "Never in American history has a man so close to the President, on his cabinet, the National Security Adviser no less, been accused of committing a crime by taking money from a foreign entity, much less one connected to the Russians."

He added: "At the core of all this is the Russians interfered with our elections."

"General Flynn received money through an entity that was from the Russians. And what they want to know is, was there collusion?" Smith continued, adding that the Trump administration has not been cooperative with handing over documents to the House oversight panel looking into Flynn's payments from foreign governments.

"The White House at least is giving the appearance, according to these congressional leaders, of a lack of cooperation, which could give an overall appearance that they’re trying to cover something up," Smith said.

Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, the House Oversight chairman, has also questioned the legality of Flynn's acceptance of payments from foreign governments, including a $45,000 fee to speak at an event for RT, the Russian government's English-language media network, and more than $500,000 in lobbying fees from Turkey, according to CNN.

"I see no data to support the notion that Gen. Flynn complied with the law," Chaffetz said, referring to whether Flynn had Pentagon or State Department permission to accept the payments.

Flynn received the payment from Russia in 2015 when he was a private citizen, retired from the military and a former Defense Intelligence Agency director, according to CNBC.

There are a series of rules and protocols former military personnel must follow when accepting payments from foreign governments. It has not yet been disclosed which of those rules, if any, Flynn may have broken.

Those answers could potentially be found in the documents the White House has refused to give to the House oversight panel.

While Fox News is well-known to be a network that champions the Trump administration -- and vice versa, according to many tweets President Donald Trump has written to promote the news network -- a critical voice of the White House's decision not to release the sought-after documents has been rare until Smith's rant about the issue.

Sources: Independent, CNBC, CNN/ Photo credit: U.S. Department of Defense

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