Ethics

The Pentagon is Investigating Michael Flynn

SK Ashby
Written by SK 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."