House Dems call for records on Bolton's ties to alleged Russian agent

House Dems call for records on Bolton's ties to alleged Russian agent
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Two House Democrats wrote to the White House on Monday pressing for documents that could show whether national security adviser John Bolton disclosed his prior connections to the Russian woman who's been arrested and accused of infiltrating political U.S. organizations.

Democratic Reps. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsHouse poised to hold Barr, Ross in contempt Trump's family separation policy has taken US to 'lowest depth possible,' says former immigration lawyer Hillicon Valley: Twitter says Trump 'go back' tweet didn't violate rules | Unions back protests targeting Amazon 'Prime Day' | Mnuchin voices 'serious concerns' about Facebook crypto project | Congress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid MORE (Md.) and Stephen LynchStephen Francis LynchHillicon Valley: Appeals court rules Trump can't block people on Twitter | Tech giants to testify in House antitrust investigation | DHS set for grilling over facial recognition tech | Commerce to allow sales to Huawei Facebook official responds to Maxine Waters on cryptocurrency project House Democrats call for Facebook to halt cryptocurrency project MORE (Mass.) wrote Monday to White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE requesting he provide information from Bolton’s security clearance application, and additional documents disclosing his contacts with foreign nationals in the past seven years.

The lawmakers cited a New York Times report from last month that found Bolton appeared via video at a 2013 gun rights event organized by Maria Butina, who has been charged with acting as an unregistered foreign agent for Moscow.

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“Given the alarming and unprecedented nature of these revelations — and the high-level position of trust Mr. Bolton now holds — we request that you produce documents relating to whether Mr. Bolton reported his previous work with this alleged Russian spy on his security clearance forms or other White House vetting materials prior to President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE appointing him to his current position,” the lawmakers wrote.

Cummings is the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, while Lynch is the ranking Democrat on the subcommittee on National Security.

The two men cited concerns with the Trump administration's vetting process, noting that Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was not forthcoming about his communications with Russian officials.

NPR first reported on Bolton's involvement in the 2013 conference in support of The Right to Bear Arms, a Russian pro-gun group. Bolton reportedly appeared via video and urged Russia to loosen its gun laws.

Butina, a Russian national and gun rights activist, was arrested and charged last month with secretly acting to advance the Kremlin’s interests through cultivating connections with powerful groups, including the National Rifle Association (NRA), and individuals close to the Republican Party.

Their request for information from the White House comes a few weeks after three Senate Democrats requested documents from the Treasury Department related to financial ties between Butina and the NRA.