Pentagon Investigating Flynn’s Foreign Payments
The Pentagon launched an investigation into whether President Trump’s former national security advisor Michael Flynn broke the law by receiving money from a foreign source after he retired from the service.
The investigation was announced in a letter written by Department of Defense's acting inspector general to House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz.
News of the letter, which was released by House Oversight ranking member Elijah Cummings Thursday, comes as Chaffetz is asking the Pentagon to consider making Flynn forfeit hundreds of thousands of dollars to make up for payments from entities linked to the governments of Russia and Turkey, reports NPR.
The House committee also said Flynn was warned by authorities when he retired from the military in 2014 not to take foreign government-sourced money without “advance approval” from the Pentagon.
"When a retired member of the military does not obtain advance approval for a foreign payment," House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz wrote to Acting Army Secretary Robert Speer Thursday, "the Department of Defense treats the payments as 'erroneous,' creating a debt in favor of the federal government."
According to Chaffetz, Flynn received $35,000 from the Russian news agency RT and $530,000 from a Dutch company that’s owned by “a Turkish businessman with links to the Turkish government.”
The Department of Defense’s inspector began an investigation into Flynn’s activities earlier this month.
Flynn was fired as national security adviser by President Trump for giving statements to administration officials that concealed his contacts with Russia's U.S. ambassador.
"Flynn later offered to testify to the congressional committees investigating the potential connections between Trump's campaign and Russia's interference in last year's election if he could secure immunity from prosecution," NPR's Phil Ewing reports. "So far, neither the House nor Senate Intelligence Committee has agreed to make such an arrangement."
Cummings said their next step is to procure documents related to Flynn from the White House so they can complete their investigation.
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