Retired Gen. Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser to President Trump, is being branded as a possible law breaker by House Oversight Committee (HOC) members.
The accusations stem from Flynn possibly violating the law when he took payments from organizations associated with foreign governments. For example, Flynn was awarded tens of thousands of dollars by a Kremlin-associated media organization for appearances in Russia, and he was paid for aiding the Turkish government in its lobbying efforts.
On Tuesday, HOC members, chairman Jason Chaffetz and Elijah Cummings, held a news conference to discuss the recent findings. Both Chaffetz and Cummings say the classified briefing they received suggested Flynn neither asked permission nor reported the funds he received from certain trips to Moscow.
“I see no data to support the notion that Gen. Flynn complied with the law,” Chaffetz said. “It does not appear to us that [permission] was ever sought.”
According to the HOC leaders, the Department of the Army will be responsible for making a final decision on whether Flynn broke the law. It’s also been noted that Flynn’s lawyer would not confirm if Flynn informed the Pentagon about those payments.
“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. “It was inappropriate and there are repercussions for the violation of law.”
“The classified documents are extremely troubling,” said Cummings. “I believe these documents should be declassified to the fullest extent possible. The White House has refused to provide this committee with a single piece of paper and that is simply unacceptable.”
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