Ethics

Oversight Committee: Flynn Broke The Law

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz and ranking member Elijah Cummings held a press conference this morning where they confirmed that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn broke the law by not disclosing payments he received from foreign governments.

After viewing classified documents that included his application to renew his security clearance, Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said there was “no evidence” that Flynn made the appropriate disclosures about payments he received from abroad.

“As a former military officer, you simply cannot take money from Russia, Turkey, or anybody else, and it appears as if he did take that money,” Chaffetz said, noting that the committee still needed to reach out to the Department of the Army and the Department of Defense for additional information.

Flynn is accused of failing to disclose the payments he received when applying for security clearance, a significant offense. Flynn received payments from the Russian and Turkish governments and only just recently registered as a foreign agent, retroactively acknowledging his work as a lobbyist for Turkey.

Facing questions at today's press briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer essentially said the White House was not responsible for vetting Flynn. The White House has also refused to turn over documents “referring or relating to Lieutenant General Flynn’s contacts with foreign nationals.”

So much for "extreme vetting."

Flynn was acting as a foreign agent and taking money from foreign governments the entire time he was advising the Trump campaign, accompanying Trump during classified intelligence briefings, and advising Trump in the White House with the highest level of security clearance. Flynn was serving as a foreign agent at the same time he appeared at the 2016 Republican convention where he led a chant to "lock her (Clinton) up."

It's time to lock him up.

  • ninjaf

    This also makes me concerned for what the vetting process actually is for any National Security Adviser. From what I can gather, it basically consists of the nominee filling out a form and the incoming administration saying, “Seems legit!” and that’s about it. I would think that all of his financial transactions, etc. would have to be gone through to qualify for a position like this. But we are learning, via this administration, that most of what we take for granted in our government is actually just a long history of people taking their responsibility seriously and not wanting to screw up and have a nationally embarrassing scandal, like having to fire your NSA within the first month.

  • muselet

    When even Jason Chaffetz agrees that Michael “Kangaroos Loose In The Top Paddock” Flynn did not disclose what he was statutorily obligated to disclose, it’s time for Flynn to find himself a good defense lawyer. And to think, Donald Trump wanted Flynn to be National Security Adviser.

    … White House press secretary Sean Spicer essentially said the White House was not responsible for vetting Flynn.

    Erm … yes, it was.

    –alopecia

    • Draxiar

      This administration will always try to shift blame or take undue credit to maintain the image of winning….y’know, personal responsibility.

  • Badgerite

    “LOCK HIM UP”.
    (I try to be a Christian heathen but I did enjoy that a little bit. )
    One more time.
    LOCK HIM UP. LOCK HIM UP.
    Delicious.

  • Aynwrong

    https://youtu.be/WWQHD34oXp0
    What else is there to say?

    • Badgerite

      Lock him up?

      • Aynwrong

        Lock him up!