Ethics

The Pentagon is Investigating Michael Flynn

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The inspector general at the Department of Defense has launched an investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn for illegally accepting payments form foreign governments.

The inspector general is probing whether Flynn had "failed to obtain required approval prior to receiving any emolument from a foreign government," according to the April 11 letter to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Flynn is under scrutiny over his contacts with Russian officials, and lawmakers have said he likely broke the law by failing to request and receive permission to accept payments for a 2015 trip to Russia.

Ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, Elijah Cummings (D-MD), released documents this morning that show Flynn was warned in 2014 not to accept foreign payments.

As we now know, he did so anyway. Flynn accepted payments from the governments of Russia and Turkey and recently registered as a foreign agent for Turkey.

Flynn was hand-selected by Trump to occupy the highest national security post in the country with the highest level of security clearance.

So much for "extreme vetting."

  • Arthur Croft

    Perhaps “enhanced interrogations” will get us to the truth.

  • muselet

    Michael “умалишённый” Flynn was, at best, reckless and irresponsible. You don’t achieve the rank of Lieutenant General without an unhealthily large ego, but Flynn seems to have been so utterly convinced of his infallibility that he decided the Constitution simply didn’t apply to him.

    We as a country are well rid of Flynn.

    Amusingly, this is what Sean Spicer had to say about the way the Trump administration approached vetting:

    “Why would you rerun a background check on someone who was the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency that had and did maintain a high-level security clearance?”

    Is that laziness or mind-boggling naiveté?

    –alopecia

    • Scopedog

      Nah, it’s just Spicey proving (yet again) that he’s just a clueless asshole.

      • muselet

        That goes without saying.

        I just find the administration’s lackadaisical attitude toward background checks gobsmacking.

        –alopecia

  • Scopedog

    And of course we should expect the “this is all Democrat paranoia!” pieces written not by Republicans, but by some on the alt-Left (H.A. Goodman, step forward!) in regards to this new revelation.

    But they can go fuck themselves. Trump/Russia is not going away. To quote talk radio host Mike Malloy in his counter to those who are claiming that this is all nothing: “If there’s no fire, then what the fuck is with all the smoke?”

  • Nefercat

    I want someone to ask that bloated orange toad to his face to explain his campaign promise of “extreme, extreme vetting” and his hiring of Flynn.

    And pin that yappity crankypants Spicer down about how “he filled out the forms” constitutes “extreme, extreme vetting.”

    • ninjaf

      In all fairness, they only promised extreme vetting of people with brown skin. *eyeroll*

    • Scopedog

      Nah, they’ll just blame Obama….oh wait, they already have, and more than once.

  • Aynwrong

    As I was saying before the election, the only way progress will be made is by putting Democrats into congressional seats around the country. That was true regarding policy and it’s the only way we’ll ever have an honest investigation into what took place between Donald Trump and Russia and Flynn’s involvement and seeing anyone face any justice at all. The R’s have made it perfectly clear that they have no interest, ZERO, in genuinely pursuing this.

    And yes, this includes McCain and Graham. Why so many people in the media (liberals included) have placed their faith in two Senators that voted to confirm Rex Tillerson and Wilbur Ross to stand up to Trump regarding Russia is beyond me.

    • ninjaf

      You mean the same two people who said that the “nuclear option” on doing away with the filibuster on Supreme Court nominations was reprehensible and then voted for it anyway? Those two guys?

      • Aynwrong

        Yeah, those two guys. The two guys who voted to censure Elizabeth Warren for quoting Coretta Scott King accurately.