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 CummingsThe Postal Service collapse that isn't happening House Democrat reintroduces bill to reduce lobbyist influence The Hill's Campaign Report: Amash moves toward Libertarian presidential bid MORE (Md.) and Stephen LynchStephen Francis LynchHouse Democrats object to Trump sending ventilators to Russia Hillicon Valley: House Dems push for B in state election funds | Amazon suspends over 6,000 sellers for price gouging | Google says 18M malicious coronavirus emails sent daily House Democrats push hard for mail-in voting funds 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 TrumpMulvaney: 'We've overreacted a little bit' to coronavirus Former CBS News president: Most major cable news outlets 'unrelentingly liberal' in 'fear and loathing' of Trump An old man like me should be made more vulnerable to death by COVID-19 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.