In a letter to Flynn from the DIA in 2014, the agency had advised him that it is illegal for former military officers to accept payment from a foreign government without prior approval, according to new documents released Thursday by the House Oversight Committee in Congress.
Despite the mounting evidence of wrongdoing, the White House has been bullish in their support of Flynn.
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is in a LOT of trouble.
A White House spokesman says it's "appropriate" for a Pentagon agency to investigate former national security adviser Michael Flynn for possible wrongdoing in connection with a trip he took to Russian Federation in 2016. Yesterday, White House spokesman Sean Spicer suggested that the Obama administration is to blame for how Flynn was vetted.
Flynn was ousted from his role as President Donald Trump's national security adviser after reports surfaced of him misleading Vice President Mike Pence about communications between himself and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Cummings' committee released an October 8, 2014, letter from the DIA to Flynn warning the newly retired general that he was "prohibited by the Constitution from receiving payments from foreign sources without advance permission".
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It all amounts to another major political headache for Republican lawmakers, and one that, yet again, was not of their making. Senate Democrats Richard Blumenthal and Brian Schatz called the present situation a full-fledged "constitutional crisis".
The Department of Defense inspector general has now launched an investigation into Flynn's apparent violation of the law.
The letter also says that Flynn received explicit warning not to accept foreign government payments without permission. Chaffetz said he believes the administration simply does not possess the documents, while Cummings has said they are intentionally withholding information about Flynn. The request for the documents was made as part of the committee's ongoing investigation into Flynn's activities.
Army spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said the Army had no records that Mr Flynn requested that permission.
One episode in question involves a trip he took to Moscow in 2015 for RT's anniversary celebration. That's problematic for Flynn because we've long known that he had traveled to Russia to give a speech to RT TV, a media operation widely regarded as a propaganda arm for the Russian government.
Flynn's company, Flynn Intel Group, also received $530,000 last fall - at the height of the USA presidential campaign - for work that benefited the government in Turkey, the House committee found. Flynn retroactively disclosed that work last month on a federal disclosure form.
Flynn's firm filed as a foreign agent last month with the Justice Department for its consulting work and acknowledged that it may have benefited the government of Turkey. Flynn's client, Inovo BV, is owned by a businessman who is also a member of a committee overseen by Turkey's finance ministry.
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The inspector generals' letters also show that the agency found no evidence that he sought prior approval. Rep. Cummings, a Democrat, and Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz each charged that Flynn may have broken the law in taking payments from foreign nations, reports Roll Call. The letter stopped short of calling for a subpoena, demanding instead for "the Committee hold a meeting with White House officials to discuss the terms of the document production".
Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser.
The Committee's findings come as the House and Senate intelligence committees move into a new phase of their investigations into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election, including alleged ties between Trump campaign aides and Russian officials.
"I honestly don't understand why the White House is covering up for Michael Flynn", Cummings told reporters.
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