The past is once again coming into light as documents connected to Michael Flynn have been released. The documents revealed that the former national security adviser was warned by the Pentagon to not accept foreign payments after his retirement.
The documents released came as part of the Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) investigation into Flynn’s recent actions with international finances. The document, a 2014 letter to Flynn from the DIA, was released in redacted form to the House Oversight Committee. The letter informed Flynn that it was illegal for him to accept payments from a foreign government without previous approval:
“Accordingly, if you are ever in a position where you would receive an emolument from a foreign government or from an entity that might be controlled by a foreign government, be sure to obtain advance approval from the Army prior to acceptance.”
The issue Flynn is running into is that the DIA can’t find any record of him requesting permission to accept foreign money from Russia and Turkey. The former DIA head is being investigated for allegedly breaking the law when he accepted $45,000 for speaking at an event in Moscow. He was also paid for several other speeches.
The primary concern is that Flynn is a retired military officer. This means he is prohibited by the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. The clause states that accepting payments from other governments without permission from the Secretary of State and Secretary of the Army is illegal.
The White House is also being asked for documents of Flynn during his vetting for becoming the national security adviser. However, the White House is refusing to release that information saying that that information isn’t available.
One thing that is important to point out that this is not the first time the Pentagon had investigated Flynn. His last investigation revealed no wrongdoing. What does concern me is with the knowledge of the former DIA head being investigated, how many other government bureaucrats take money from foreign governments? Of course, we’ll probably never know because that would take away a Washington cash cow.
Credit: The Hill