US Army reportedly seeking to recover funds for unauthorized foreign payments made to Michael Flynn by Russia, Turkey
The U.S. Army is reportedly taking aim at former U.S. Army General Michael Flynn to recover a portion of the six-figure amount paid to him by Russia and Turkey prior to him being appointed as the U.S. National Security Advisor for the Trump administration.
According to a new report published by The Washington Post, the U.S. Army determined that Flynn received close to "$450,000 from Turkish and Russian interests in 2015, including for an appearance in Moscow alongside President Vladimir Putin." However, there are no records to confirm that he followed protocol to seek approval from the government prior to making the appearance.
Per HuffPost, the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution "prohibits retired military personnel from receiving money from foreign governments without prior authorization."
He also received payment for an appearance at a conference that year sponsored by Kaspersky Government Security Solutions, an organization described as “an entity that appears to be controlled by the Russian government,” according to a previous memo released by the acting Defense Department inspector general Sean O’Donnell.
On Thursday, July 7, the U.S. Army released details about their investigative findings through the Freedom of Information Act. Now, the armed forces are seeking to recover approximately $40,000 following the former military official.
Back in May, the army reportedly sent a letter notification to Flynn confirming that it would "seek to recoup $38,557.06 from him, zeroing in on money and in-kind compensation he received for a gala dinner celebrating the 10th anniversary of RT, the Kremlin-run news agency."
In the letter, Craig R. Schmauder —a lawyer for the U.S. military— cited Flynn’s failure “to obtain the approvals of the Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of State resulted in a violation of the Emoluments Clause.”
“When there is a finding that a military retiree has violated the Emoluments Clause, the United States Government may pursue a debt collection,” Schmauder wrote in the letter addressed to Flynn.
He also noted, “A debt in favor of the government is created which is to be collected by withholding from retired pay.”
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