Michael Flynn ignored official warnings about receiving foreign payments
Former National Security Adviser Trump was warned of stealing foreign currency until 2014, and Pentagon inspector general said Michael Flynn was dozens of from the Turkish government, Russian media organization RT, and other foreigners. Profit found weakening the allegations of political persecution that it received $ 10,000. Photo: Beowulf Sheehan / Zuma Wire / Rex / Shutterstock Guardian’s First Thing Pentagon inspector general says Michael Flynn has dozens of foreign interests and governments despite repeated warnings from the Pentagon and the government. He revealed evidence that he had received $ 10,000. The Justice Department can reveal that the Guardian may be illegal in his actions. After a retired general pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge in 2017 for lying to the FBI during an investigation into Russia’s intervention in the 2016 presidential election, then presidents Donald Trump, Flynn and his supporters Claimed that Flynn was a victim of political persecution. They claimed that Flynn’s indictment was, without evidence, the result of a large-scale conspiracy by the FBI and US intelligence to thwart Trump’s presidential campaign and his presidency. Trump pardoned Flynn on the last day of his presidency. However, while pleading guilty in 2017, Flynn also pleaded guilty to another crime. It is related to receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Turkish government without registering with the Department of Justice on behalf of the foreign government required by law. Now, according to people familiar with the confidential findings of the recently completed IG investigation, the Guardian has been warned that it is likely illegal for Flynn to accept foreign currency and not register as a foreign agent. Can be clarified. In addition, Flynn’s actions took place long before Trump became president, when he was a civilian. Taken together, this appears to constitute strong new evidence of distrust of Trump and Flynn’s allegations of political persecution by those who oppose Trump’s agenda. The new disclosure describes how former military officers, despite training to comply with rules and orders, were instead driven by personal interests to break the law. The Defense Intelligence Agency first warned Flynn in a letter on October 8, 2014. His acceptance of foreign currency is a potential violation of federal and US Constitutional praise clauses. On November 30, 2016, the Justice Department violated the Foreign Agent Registration Act or federal law known as Fara in connection with his work as a lobbyist in the Turkish administration of influential Recep Tayyip Erdogan. I warned Flynn individually that there was a possibility. The law required Flynn to register with the Department of Justice as a foreign agent and to sincerely disclose details of his lobbying activities to the Department of Justice. Despite the DIA warning not to accept foreign currency, Flynn is $ 45,000 from RT, a media organization managed by the Kremlin, which has been described by U.S. intelligence agencies as “the Kremlin’s leading international publicity agency.” $ 22,000 from other Russian interests, and Turkish lobbyists. And despite warnings from the Justice Department, Flynn did not comply with Fara’s law. Michael Flynn was Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014. That year he was warned that accepting foreign currency could violate federal law. Photo: Lauren Victoria Burke / AP Flynn resigned as DIA Director in early August 2014. More than a year later, in December 2015, he accepted payments from RT. From August 2016 to November 2016, Flynn worked as an unregistered lobbyist in Turkey and at the same time served as a foreign policy advisor to the Trump presidential election. On November 18, 2016, Trump, who was elected in the then presidential election, nominated Flynn as a national security adviser. Flynn ignored DIA’s warning that accepting foreign currency violates federal law, and Pentagon inspectors now insist that Flynn needs to hand over some of his proceeds to the U.S. Treasury Secretary. I am. Received from an overseas source. The IG argues that payments are illegal under the compensation clause, as interpreted by the legal opinion of the government and relevant federal law. This remedy seems to be civil rather than criminal. And as a result of ignoring the Justice Department’s advice, in 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to a federal accusation that he lied to the FBI during an investigation into Russia’s intervention in the 2016 presidential election. He also admitted that he violated federal law. Regarding his lobbying for Turkey. In a letter to Flynn on October 8, 2014, DIA warned: Or salary by all retired military personnel from foreign interests. ” The same letter stated that such payments would be a violation of federal law. The Constitution’s praise clause explicitly prohibits anyone who “holds an office of interest or trust” from accepting “a gift, praise, office, or title of any kind from a king, prince, or foreign country.” doing. Subsequent administrative opinions and federal law are of foreign interest, as retired military officers may be recalled to active duty at any time and are therefore considered to have an office of public trust. Forbidden to accept rewards or compensation from. .. Veterans like Flynn can receive praise or foreign compensation from the Secretary of State, Parliament, and in the case of Flynn, if they first seek approval as Secretary of the Army. But Flynn didn’t. Clark Cunningham, a professor at Georgia State University Law College and a praise expert, told the Guardian: emoluments “. Flynn himself initially sought ethical advice from the agency. The first sentence of the agency letter states: “This letter responds to a request for a written opinion on ethical restrictions that apply to retirement from the U.S. Army.” In May 2016, a former DIA director’s chief aide retired to Flynn and other former DIA directors. Nevertheless, I wrote a letter to remind me that I need to report important new information to the authorities. The document states that Flynn withheld this information, although the receipt of money from RT and other Russian interests would certainly have been of interest to DIA. On November 30, 2016, the Justice Department warned in its own letter to Flynn that he had received information that Flynn “may have been involved.” [lobbying] Activities on behalf of the Turkish government. ” Justice ministry officials then warned Flynn. “If such a claim is true, you may be required to register under the law.” A Pentagon Inspector General spokesperson said in a statement on January 27, Flynn’s. He said he had “finished the investigation.” An entity managed by a foreign government. ” Michael Flynn and presidential election Donald Trump were in December 2016, the month when his nomination as a national security adviser was announced. Photo: Jim Watson / AFP / Getty Images Since then, IG has “transferred some administrative issues in a memo to the Deputy Secretary of the Army for review and proper action.” A spokesperson refused to say whether the Inspector General would publish a public report on the findings, as DoDIG and other IGs across the government routinely conduct high-profile investigations. The Washington Post first reported in March that a Pentagon inspector general had completed Flynn’s investigation. However, no details have been previously reported as to why IG reached his findings, including being warned that Flynn could violate the law before accepting hundreds of thousands of foreign interests. .. A year after being warned that such foreign charges might be illegal, Flynn in Moscow hosted by RT (formerly known as Russia Today) where he was sitting next to Vladimir Putin. Accepted over $ 45,000 to speak at the Gala Dinner in Moscow. Flynn also accepted an additional $ 23,000 from other Russian interests. After Trump was elected president, on January 6, 2017, U.S. intelligence agencies were engaged in a secret intelligence campaign to help Russia help Trump’s election and Hillary Clinton’s defeat. We formally concluded that it played an important role in that effort. Maryland’s late Elijah Cummings, then Democrat, and government reform committee pointed out that Mr. Trump “accepted tens of thousands and chose a person who was unconstitutional as a National Security Adviser.” And sounded a visionary alarm bell. Of dollars from global enemies that attacked our democracy. ” Flynn was in office for only 24 days. He was forced to resign by Trump after admitting that he had lied to other government officials and the FBI about his conversation with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the time. On December 29, 2016, the Obama administration imposed sanctions on Russia for secret interference in the 2016 presidential election. That same day, Flynn and Kislyak spoke on the phone – the conversation was intercepted by US intelligence. Flynn heard counseling Kisslake not to retaliate against the United States for sanctions. When asked by the FBI, Flynn denied that he had never provided such advice to Kislyak. On December 1, 2017, Flynn said he was “intentionally, intentionally” and “false, fictitious, and fraudulent” to the FBI as part of a judicial deal with Special Counsel Robert Muller. I agreed to plead guilty to the federal criminal accusation. Conversation with Kislyak. As part of the judicial transaction, Flynn also admitted that he had violated Fara by not disclosing his work as Turkey’s leading lobbyist to the government. In May 2020, then Attorney General William Barr ordered Flynn’s conviction to be revoked. On November 25, 2020, Trump gave Flynn a full amnesty.