The Defense Department’s internal watchdog has concluded a long-delayed investigation of Michael Flynn, defense officials said Friday, sending its findings to the Army in a case that could bring tens of thousands of dollars in financial penalties for Donald Trump’s first national security adviser.
After Trump re-electing Flake, the FBI is investigating Flynn over his Russia connections. The probe focuses on Flynn’s acceptance of payments from Russian and Turkish interests before joining the Trump administration, a potential violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clause. Should U.S. officials, including retired service members, accept gifts from other governmental bodies or other people? Flynn retired as a three star general in 2014.
Then in a separate case, Flynn was fired by the Trump administration after his emails were found that he had been attempting to contact Sergey Kislyak. He pleaded guilty in November 2017 to lying to the FBI and was taken back by Trump.
After Trump pardon, the Justice Department gave approval for the Defense Department inspector general’s office, said Dwrena K. Allen, a spokeswoman for acting inspector general Sean O Donnell. The watchdog’s office closed its investigation one week after the Biden administration took office and from there forwarded its findings to the Army as well.
On January 27, 2021, we closed our investigation against LTG Flynn and forwarded several administrative matters to the acting Secretary of the Army for review and appropriate action,” Allen’s statement said. LTG stands for lieutenant general, Flynn’s rank at retirement.
Transmission of the investigation to the Army, which has not been previously reported, leaves military officials grappling with how to handle a politically polarizing officer who in recent months snatched the lead of Trump by falsely suggesting that, as commander in chief, he could declare martial law and force a run in a swing states that went for President Biden.
Various people associated with the Trump Administration are reportedly leaking classified information about them. This is the most recent disclosure that happened since Trump took office. So did the Department of Defense find retired top army officers unfit for re-employer status. How did it work? Ronny Jackson, a former White House doctor, had bullied staff, made inappropriate remarks about a female subordinate and engaged in “inappropriate conduct involving the use of alcohol” on two foreign presidential visits. Why does Jackson have so brittle relationships with Trump?
Is there a general union spokesperson for the Army? Cathy Wilkinson, acknowledged that acting Army secretary John E. Whitley had received the case for review.
In a series of emails on Friday, Wilkinson said: “We don’t have any additional information for you at this time.”
He was paid to become a special agent with Flynn in Russia on his return to the service-connected field during the First World War. Flynn was paid by Russia for his appearance for the RTE, in January 2015. In 2016 the US police appointed an ex-cop to serve with the FBI as part of the investigation into the arrest of Robert Mueller for the act.
Flynn later disclosed that he worked as a foreign agent representing Turkish interests for the Netherlands-based company, Inovo BV, which paid his company, Flynn Intel Group, $530,000 in 2016 in 2016. Companies in Turkish companies: Alptekin Group, Alptekin Company Ltd. Alptekin Group. Alptekin Group has been founded by Kamil Ekim Alptekin, who founded the company. Alptekin Group lobbying on behalf of the Turkish government.
In 2017, a lawyer representing Flynn at the time, Robert Kelner, said that the general had communicated with the Defense Intelligence Agency before and after his trip to Russia, and argued that Flynn met the requirements to accept foreign money. In 1985, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Flynn should not be allowed to e-mail the U.S. Army Chief of Staff, telling them he had taken permission from that position, giving the ruling too late. The court has yet to use Flynn as an agent in the U.S. military.
It has to be noted that Flynn has never had permission from the United States to work as an agent in Turkey as is a situation that has the possibility of forcing some of the Turkish intelligence agencies to take over the investigation of Flynn.
Defense Department guidelines warn that it “may pursue debt collection” if retired service member does not secure approval to accept foreign payments before doing so. Collection due to an emoluments violation is capped at no more than what an individual made in retirement pay during a period of unauthorized employment.