It did not seem to matter to President Donald Trump that his former National Security Adviser, Lt. General Michael Flynn, broke the U.S. Constitution by making deals with Russia. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has sent a letter to Trump requesting for more information. The same letter was sent to Department of Defense Secretary James Mattis and FBI Director James Comey.
Flynn’s lawyers notified Trump of Russia dealings. Trump claim he doesn’t know anything.
On March 7, 2017, Flynn’s company made a “retroactive” filing with the Department of Justice. In doing so, he disclosed that he had “served as an agent of a foreign government while advising then-candidate Donald Trump.” The filing stated that Flynn conducted lobbying work amounting to $530,000 to benefit Turkey. Flynn’s lawyers said they notified Trump’s transition team about the lobbying. However, Trump reportedly said he “knew nothing about his activities.”
“I cannot recall any time in our nation’s history when the President selected as his National Security Advisor someone who violated the Constitution,” the committee’s Elijah E. Cummings wrote in the letter. “I also cannot recall a time when the President and his top advisers seemed so disinterested in the truth.”
Flynn admitted he received payment to travel to Moscow in December 2015 to speak at a gala. RT, a media outlet backed by the Kremlin government, hosted the event. Although Flynn refused to disclose how much he received, the committee obtained documents showing Flynn received more than $45,000. Meanwhile, he had also received $11,250 from a Russian Volga-Dnepr Airlines. At the same time, Flynn received another $11,250 from Kaspersky Government Security Solutions, Inc.
RT is helping Russian government, CIA finds.
On December 2012, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Open Source Center issued a warning against RT. According to the agency, the media outlet was engaged in “a Kremlin-directed campaign to undermine faith in the US Government and fuel political protest.” At that time, Flynn was serving as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
As of the moment, the committee is asking for documents that would clarify if Flynn had asked for permission to received money from RT and other Russian companies. The Emoluments Clause in Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution prevents anyone holding office from accepting gifts or payments from any foreign country.