Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was removed from his post by President Donald Trump in the early weeks of his presidency, was warned as early as 2014 against taking foreign payments.
CNN correspondent Jim Sciutto sent out a tweet this morning indicating that Flynn was given the warning long before Trump had even announced his run for the presidency.
Breaking: DIA warned Michael Flynn in 2014 against taking foreign payments, DOD IG has launched probe, House Oversight Cmte tells CNN
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) April 27, 2017
“These documents raise grave questions about why General Flynn concealed the payments he received from foreign sources after he was warned explicitly by the Pentagon,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.
MSNBC’s Kyle Griffin also released declassified information detailing that Flynn failed to disclose payments. BuzzFeed News’ Emma Loop found the 2014 letter the Defense Intelligence Agency sent Flynn, warning him against accepting payments from foreign governments:
Elijah Cummings has released 3 new documents on Michael Flynn—incl. one unclassified letter that shows Flynn did not report foreign payments pic.twitter.com/A88PoZmjS3
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 27, 2017
In an Oct. 2014 letter, the Defense Intelligence Agency also warned Flynn that he needed advance approval before taking $ from foreign govs: pic.twitter.com/8Nbig3gG4K
— Emma Loop (@LoopEmma) April 27, 2017
“Our next step is to get the documents we are seeking from the White House so we can complete our investigation,” Cummings added. The White House has denied the committee access to additional information about Flynn’s interactions with foreign agencies.
Flynn resigned from his role on the National Security Counsel in February amid accusations that he was in discussions to work out a deal with the Russian government during the Trump transition period in an effort to lift sanctions against the Kremlin imposed by former President Barack Obama.
Flynn also received failed to acknowledge that he received payments from Turkey before he assumed his role as National Security Adviser. He also discussed ways to illegally extradite a Turkish cleric, critical of the current regime in Turkey but currently living in the United States, to the Turkish government.
Failure to disclose these incidents likely means that Flynn may have broken the law, according to House Intelligence Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz.