Retired U.S. Army General and former Trump administration National Security Advisor Mike Flynn is once again in the crosshairs of the federal government’s deep state. The Department of Defense is levying hefty fines against Flynn for allegedly failing to disclose foreign payments he received in 2015 from entities in Russia and Turkey.
A report published by the Washington Post states that Pentagon investigators believe Flynn received almost $450,000 in speaking fees that include an appearance in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin. That event was apparently an anniversary celebration for media outlet RT.
The report claims that the paper has not found any records showing he had approval from the government before the speaking engagements.
The Post said that it had obtained a letter dated May 2 giving notice to Flynn that he is being assessed $38,557.06 because of the fees he allegedly accepted. The letter was sent by Army attorney Craig R. Schumauder and said that Flynn had violated the Emoluments Clause found in Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution.
The Emoluments Clause provides that no federal officer may accept a present from any foreign state without the consent of Congress. Schmauder said that the government has the power to “pursue a debt collection” because of the alleged violation.
The Army reportedly made the determination in April that Flynn had violated the clause. It then sent its findings to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service to calculate how much the government believes Flynn owes and collect the money.
In a May interview, Flynn said that it appeared the DOD was going to “reach into” his retirement and take some money out. He added that what he sees as a political attack “means something” to him, but the country “means a heck of a lot more than what they will do to me.”
Flynn was involved in the investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election for years. He resigned as national security advisor to President Trump just weeks after the start of the administration.
He later pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about contact he had with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., but then claimed he did so under duress because he wanted to protect his family as he sought to withdraw the plea. He was pardoned by President Trump in November 2020.
Since then, Flynn has returned to public life, speaking around the country and endorsing political candidates in various races.
He responded to subpoenas from Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s January 6 Committee with legal action claiming the attempt to compel his testimony was an “outrageous intrusion” into his family’s privacy. He also complained of the committee’s “secret seizure” of his family’s personal information and telecommunications.