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Congresswoman Speier Calls for Full Accountability of Flynn for Failing to Seek Approval for Foreign Payments

May 2, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and Ranking Member on the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, on Monday sent a letter signed by 24 bipartisan Members of Congress to Acting Secretary of the Army Robert M. Speer, urging the Army to hold retired Lieutenant General and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn fully accountable for failing to seek permission prior to his acceptance of payments from foreign agents, as required by federal law and Army regulation.

“General Flynn was informed of these requirements by the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014 as he entered retirement, and the Department of Defense has told Congress that they have no record of Flynn requesting permission before he accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from foreign agents.” Rep. Speier said. “Though Congress and the Department of Defense are continuing their investigations, and rightly so, it’s already clear that General Flynn violated the law. We are calling on Acting Secretary Speer, who already has the authority to take action, to enforce the applicable Army regulations to their fullest extent. The Army must send a clear message that misconduct of this nature will not be tolerated – particularly in this instance, where a foreign adversary sought to influence a senior intelligence officer.”

The documents provided by the Department of Defense to the House Oversight Committee indicate there is no record of Flynn seeking permission prior to accepting $60,000 from three Russian firms in 2015, including the Russian government-funded television network RT, or before accepting over $500,000 in exchange for lobbying on behalf on of the Turkish government.

Enforcement of Army Regulation 600-291, “Foreign Government Employment,” to its fullest extent would result in the withholding of General Flynn’s retirement pay in an amount equal to the amount of compensation received from the foreign governments. Separately, in addition to civil penalties, General Flynn could also be subject to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice for omitting information regarding his foreign employment when he submitted his Questionnaire for National Security Positions (Standard Form 86) in January 2016.

Click here for a copy of the bipartisan letter to Acting Secretary Speer.

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