Rep. Jason Chaffetz indicated on Tuesday that former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn didn’t follow the law regarding his December 2015 paid speaking gig for the state-run RT network in Russia.
“I see no information or no data to support the notion that General Flynn complied with the law,” Chaffetz revealed.
The outgoing Utah representative continued by underlining that Flynn was “supposed to seek permission and receive permission from both the secretary of state and the secretary of the army prior to traveling to Russia to not only accept that payment, but to engage in that activity. I see no evidence that he actually did that.”
CNN correspondent Manu Raju had asked Rep. Chaffetz if Flynn had “broke the law” over this alleged conduct. Once the Republican gave his “no information” answer, Raju followed up with Rep. Elijah Cummings, who appeared with his counterpart: “You think, Congressman, that this could be punishable with up to five years in prison?”
Rep. Cummings replied, “Yeah, I think it…but that’s going to be left up to others to decide.”
Chaffetz added that “what we’re going to do jointly is send the letter to the Department of the Army — the comptroller specifically — as well as the inspector general there at the Department of Defense. At some point, they need to make that final determination. One of the remedies is to recover the money that was paid. Above and beyond that, I don’t know.”
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