The Army is reviewing an investigation by the Department of Defense (DOD) internal watchdog into the international dealings of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, an Army spokesperson confirmed to The Hill.
In an emailed statement, Army spokeswoman Col. Cathy Wilkinson said “the Acting Secretary of the Army has received the case from the Department of Defense inspector general for review.”
The review could bring in tens of thousands of dollars in fines against Flynn, according to The Washington Post.
Dwrena Allen, spokesperson for the Pentagon Inspector General, told CNN in a statement that the watchdog began its investigation in April 2017 into an allegation that Flynn “failed to obtain the required approval from the Army and the State Department prior to receiving any emolument from a foreign government or foreign-controlled entity.”
The investigation was put on “suspension” or temporary suspension in June 2017 amid criminal charges against Flynn by the Justice Department, Allen told the news outlet. Allen further said that the Justice Department allowed the watchdog to resume its investigation after the former President TrumpDonald Trump Pentagon receives criticism for extending the Guard’s time on Capitol Fundraising dispute points to rifts between Trump and the Republican Party Trump rally organizer claims Alex Jones threatened to remove her from the stage: MORE report forgave Flynn at the end of November.
“On January 27, 2021, we closed our investigation against LTG Flynn and sent various administrative matters to the Acting Secretary of the Army for review and appropriate action,” he told the news outlet.
The investigation focused on the money Flynn received from Russian and Turkish entities after his retirement from the Army in 2014, according to the Mail, who first reported remission.
The Post noted that the DOD “may pursue debt collection” if a retired service member does not obtain approval to accept foreign payments. The agency cannot collect more than someone earned in retirement during a period of unauthorized employment.
Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to making false statements to the FBI regarding his contacts with top Russian diplomats and agreed to participate in the former special counsel. Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Mueller Why is a special attorney guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones?The investigation into the Trump campaign and the Russian participation in the 2016 presidential elections.
The retired three-star general withdrew that statement in 2020, and the Justice Department attempted to drop the charges against him.
Flynn was back in the limelight last year when he backed up Trump’s repeated claims that the 2020 election was tainted due to widespread voter fraud.
Updated 10:02 pm