On 4/27/17, Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee held another press conferencing announcing that the White House is not cooperating with the committee’s request for documents regarding the president’s former NSA Advisor ret. Lt. General Mike Flynn and the republicans are not cooperating due to orders from above.
But it looks like the Pentagon will conduct an investigation…
On 4/27/17, Dan Lamothe of the Washington Post penned the following report, “Top Pentagon watchdog launches investigation into money that Mike Flynn received from foreign groups.”
The Pentagon’s top watchdog has launched an investigation into money that former national security adviser and retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn received from foreign groups, members of the House Oversight Committee said Thursday (4/27/17).
“The Pentagon office will try to determine whether Flynn “failed to obtain required approval prior to receiving” the payments, according to an April 11 letter from Defense Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine to Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R.-Utah), the committee chairman. In the past, the Pentagon has advised retiring officers that because they can be recalled to military service, they may be subject to the Constitution’s rarely-enforced emoluments clause, which prohibits top officials from receiving payments or favors from foreign governments.”
“Michael Flynn received $45,000 to appear in 2015 with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a gala dinner for RT, a Kremlin-controlled media organization. He also worked as a foreign agent for Turkish interests for a Netherlands-based company, which paid him $530,000 last fall.”
“Flynn was fired as national security adviser in February after revelations that he misled Vice President Pence about the nature of his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States. Flynn filed paperwork as a foreign agent about three weeks later, on March 7.”
“Flynn’s lawyer, Robert K. Kelner, has argued that the retired general briefed the Defense Intelligence Agency, from which he retired in 2014, before, during and after his 2015 Russia trip.”
“But a letter DIA sent the House committee said that they have no record of Flynn seeking permission or approval to accept money from a foreign source.”
“Flynn also did not seek permission from the U.S. government to work as a paid foreign agent for Turkish interests, U.S. defense officials said last month, raising the possibility that the Pentagon could dock his retirement pay. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said then that the Defense Department was reviewing the issue.”
“The issue involving Turkey emerged after Flynn retroactively registered in March with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for work that his company, Flynn Intel Group, carried out on behalf of Inovo BV, a Netherlands-based company. It is owned by Turkish businessman Ekim Alptekin, who is not a part of the Turkish government, but has links to it.”
F”lynn’s company received three payments between September and November from Inovo BV before Trump was elected president and the arrangement was discontinued, according to Flynn’s filings. Flynn is the majority owner and chief executive officer of the firm.”
“On Thursday (4/27/17), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D.-Md.), the ranking committee member, also released an Oct. 8, 2014, letter in which a Defense Department lawyer warned Flynn upon his retirement from military service that he was forbidden from receiving payments from foreign sources without receiving permission from the U.S. government first.”
“These documents raise grave questions about why General Flynn concealed the payments he received from foreign sources after he was warned explicitly by the Pentagon,” Cummings said. “Our next step is to get the documents we are seeking from the White House so we can complete our investigation. I thank the Department of Defense for providing us with unclassified versions of these documents.”