According to a new report straight from the Pentagon, there are no formal records of approval regarding former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s 2015 trip to Moscow.
During this paid trip, Flynn dined with Russian President Vladimir Putin and met with government constituents. However, an investigation suggests Flynn may have accepted unconstitutional payments from a foreign government for his attendance.
Flynn told the Washington Post back in August that he attended a Russian gala on behalf of his speaking engagement agency, Leading Authorities Inc. “It was in Russia,” Flynn stated. “It was a paid speaking opportunity. I get paid so much. The speaker’s bureau got paid so much, based on our contract.”
The current investigation was confirmed by acting Army Secretary Robert Speer, who addressed his concerns to Republican and Democratic leaders on the House Oversight Committee in a letter on Tuesday.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz and ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings are now inquiring if the retired general may have inappropriately accepted monetary payments from the Russian government in exchange for his attendance.
If true, Flynn would be in violation of the Constitution’s Emolument’s Clause, a prohibition on persons in “office of profit or trust” in the federal government accepting foreign payment.
H/T: The Hill
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