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Politico: Pentagon Has No Record of Flynn's '15 Russia Trip

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Former Gen. Michael Flynn (AP Photo)

By    |   Thursday, 16 Feb 2017 02:47 PM

The Pentagon has no records of former national security advisor Mike Flynn's visit to Moscow, where he spoke at a gala for state-supported media outlet RT, and dined with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a letter obtained by Politico.

As a retired Lieutenant General, Flynn is prohibited by the Emoluments Clause in the Constitution from accepting gifts or payment from a foreign government. Chaffetz and Cummings questioned if Flynn's speaking engagements were prohibited due to RT's government funding.

"I do public speaking," Flynn told The Washington Post in August, when asked about his relationship with RT. "It was in Russia. It was a paid speaking opportunity."

In response to a letter from Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., acting army secretary Robert Speer informed the leading members of the House oversight committee Flynn did not file documentation for his 2015 trip.

Earlier this month, the ranking Democrats on six House committees signed a letter to the Pentagon requesting information about "how much Gen. Flynn was paid for his dinner with Vladi­mir Putin, whether he received additional payments from Russian or other foreign sources, or whether he sought the approval of the Department of Defense or Congress to accept these payments."

"It is extremely concerning that [Flynn] chose to accept payment for appearing at a gala hosted by the propaganda arm of the Russian government, which attacked the United States in an effort to undermine our election," wrote members of the House Oversight, Armed Services, Judiciary, Homeland Security, Foreign Affairs, and Intelligence committees.

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The Pentagon has no records of former national security advisor Mike Flynn's visit to Moscow, where he spoke at a gala for state-supported media outlet RT, and dined with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a letter obtained by Politico.
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