Rep. Cummings: [Insert biased allegation about Mike Flynn’s speaking fee in Russia]

Rep. Cummings: [Insert biased allegation about Mike Flynn’s speaking fee in Russia]
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[Ed. – All the headlines are misleading on this.  Flynn says he did coordinate with DIA before his speaking engagement. But there is nothing in U.S. law or DOD policy to indicate Flynn needed to ask permission to be paid for a speech by the Russian news outlet Russia Today (RT).  There is an argument about whether RT should have to register as the agent of a foreign government.  Which it hasn’t, and has never been required to.  The argument has never been adjudicated by federal agencies; e.g., DOJ.  The Atlantic — not exactly a hotbed of Flynn advocacy — has a good summary here from 2015.  Cummings can allege all he wants, but what he is really doing is ASKING if Flynn even did anything wrong.  He’s just getting a lot of help from the media in making it look like Flynn failed to do the right thing.]

The October 2014 DIA letter obtained by the Oversight Committee explicitly warned Flynn “if you are ever in a position where you would receive and emolument from a foreign government, be sure to obtain advance approval from the Army prior to acceptance.” …

Flynn’s attorney responded to those claims earlier this week saying Flynn “briefed the Defense Intelligence Agency, a component agency of (the Defense Department), extensively regarding the RT speaking event trip both before and after the trip, and he answered any questions that were posed by DIA concerning the trip during those briefings.” …

Chaffetz sent a letter Thursday to the Acting Secretary of the Army asking for a final determination on whether Flynn violated the law in accepting foreign payments.

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