The following is an excellent article written by Adam Edelman on the New York Daily News website on April 27, 2017 titled “Defense Department Launches Investigation into Michael Flynn Over Payments From Russian Government” and I quote:
Officials at the Department of Defense and the Defense Intelligence Agency warned Flynn in 2014, following his retirement as the DIA chief, that it would be illegal for him to accept payments from foreign governments, newly declassified documents released by the House Oversight Committee revealed.
The documents also indicated Flynn did not report the payments he received in 2015 for speaking at a gala for RT, the Kremlin-run TV network, or money he was paid by an air freight company and a cybersecurity firm with direct connections to Russia.
“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,” Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight panel, said.
Cummings said his committee was still attempting to acquire related documents from the White House, but added that the Trump administration was still not cooperating with the probe.
Cummings’ committee released an Oct. 8, 2014, letter from the DIA to Flynn warning the newly retired general that he was “prohibited by the Constitution from receiving payments from foreign sources without advance permission.”
Other documents released by the panel, including a letter this month from the DIA to the committee, showed that DIA officials never received any records or disclosure from Flynn that he’d been paid by RT or any foreign sources.
The release of the letters Thursday amounted to a damning development for the former Trump aide, who is also under investigation by the House and Senate intelligence committees and the FBI as part of their probes into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Flynn’s lawyer responded by saying he and his client “respectfully disagree” with Cummings’ “characterization” of the April letter, claiming “it actually confirms, in a terse section that is partly redacted,” that Flynn “provided information and documents on a thumb drive to the Department of Defense concerning the RT speaking event in Moscow.”
The lawyer, Robert Kelner, added that Flynn briefed the agency before and after the event.
The White House, meanwhile, said Thursday that it was “appropriate” for the agency to have opened a probe into Flynn.
“If they think there’s wrongdoing, the department’s inspector general should look into that,” Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer said during his daily briefing.
But in an unusual tangent after being asked whether Trump was “satisfied” with how Flynn — who was fired as national security adviser in February after he lied to Vice President Pence about the nature of his discussions with the Russian ambassador before Trump was sworn in — had been vetted by the administration, Spicer signaled that the President’s team never fully vetted the general because his security clearance had been renewed in 2016 when Barack Obama was still in office.
“Why would you re-run a background check on the head of the department,” Spicer said, referring to Flynn having been Obama’s DIA Director. “Gen. Flynn was a career military officer who maintained a high level security clearance throughout his career … His clearance was last reissued in 2016 with full knowledge of his activity in 2015.”
Spicer, however, said Trump had no regrets in firing him.
“The President made the right call at the right time,” Spicer said.
Earlier this week, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) confirmed Flynn had failed to reveal the $34,000 he was paid to speak at the 2015 RT gala, as well as more than $500,000 he was paid for consulting work for a businessman tied to Turkey’s government — and suggested he could be criminally prosecuted.
Chaffetz and Cummings said during a joint appearance earlier this week that they’d planned to write to the controller of the Army and the Defense Department’s inspector general to determine whether Flynn broke the law and whether the government needs to pursue criminal charges.
On Thursday Chaffetz’s office released that letter, which also asked Army officials why they hadn’t yet made a decision regarding the legality of Flynn’s payments.”
(I DON’T CARE HOW HARD THE REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED CONGRESS TRIES TO COVER UP THE TRUMP-RUSSIAN CONNECTION, THE TRUTH WILL COME OUT BECAUSE THE FACTS ARE THERE AND THE WHISTLEBLOWERS WILL MAKE SURE EVERYONE KNOWS BECAUSE IT’S ALL IN OUR INTEREST TO KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON.
LaVern Isely, Progressive, Overtaxed, Independent Middle Class Taxpayer and Public Citizen Member and USAF Veteran