House Oversight Committee Confirms Flynn Likely Broke Law On Overseas Payments

Tyler Durden's picture

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn likely broke the law by failing to disclose foreign income he earned from Russia and Turkey, the heads of the House Oversight Committee said Tuesday.

As The Washington Post reports, committee chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said they believe Flynn neither received permission nor fully disclosed income he earned for a speaking engagement in Russia and lobbying activities on behalf of Turkey when he applied to reinstate his security clearance, after viewing two classified memos and Flynn's disclosure form in a private briefing Tuesday morning.

"Personally I see no evidence or no data to support the notion that General Flynn complied with the law," Chaffetz told reporters following the briefing.


"He was supposed to get permission, he was supposed to report it, and he didn't," Cummings said.

Chaffetz confirmed that Flynn had failed to reveal the more than $45,000 he was paid to speak at a 2015 gala for RT, the Kremlin-run TV network, as well as the money he was paid by an air freight company and a cybersecurity firm with direct connections to Russia. Chaffetz added that the White House had refused to provide his committee with information and documents related to Flynn's security clearance and payments from organizations tied to the Russian and Turkish governments. The committee made six requests, and the White House cited reasons it could not comply with each of them, Cummings said.

One has to wonder about the Trump team's vetting process and perhaps more notable is that now that Cheffetz is not running for re-election, he has nothing to fear from political fallout from the White House or GOP in general.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
barysenter's picture

Clintons, you're up next.

FrozenGoodz's picture

Drip drip drip 


Cover up > Crime

Ghost of Porky's picture

Chaffetz: "Mr Flynn, why didn't you report the income?"

Flynn: "The form didn't have a checkbox for 'hookers and blow'"

PrayingMantis's picture


... $45K? ... lol ... Therapist Bill makes multiple-times more in birthday-bribes from desert ragheads and <nudge-wink> so-called "speeches" ... then smiles into his retirement sunset villa at (((Epstein's))) Isla Lolita ...

... and while "Flynn had failed to reveal the more than $45,000 he was paid to speak at a 2015 gala for RT, the Kremlin-run TV network", the Kremlin-friendly Klinton Krime Kartel gets to pocket more bribes while the Hilarious one, who was SoS for Obumboclot, was able to negotiate a Kremlin-reset-deal to "give" the UraniumOne mines to the Kremlin ... and gets away with it ... go figure ...

... fair and balanced ... /s


Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Praying,

Seems as though you've given a perfect example of why the RICO "Satute" was implemented into "Law."

Doesn't make one iota of difference as the Criminal Fraud UNITED STATES, CORP. INC. is absolutely & completely....


"What difference, at this point does it make?"
-Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Psychopath Hillary Clinton.

Never One Roach's picture

"breaking the law"....


That's quaint. No one has gone to jail for the dozens of Crooked Clinton crimes. Huma, Mills, Pedopodesta and so on.

logicalman's picture

There should be way fewer 'laws' and those should be symmetrically applied.

Breath not being held.


PrayingMantis's picture


>>> "Doesn't make one iota of difference as the Criminal Fraud UNITED STATES, CORP. INC. is absolutely & completely....Lawless. "

... exactly, @Chupacabra ...

... and while CONgress wastes their time on piddly-little $45K, Kremlin-&-Washington-friend Turkey (who had been allegedly one of Flynn's sources of "no-no" funds), had been supplying "moderate" terrorists with "flour bags" full of C4 explosives ...

>>> "Syrian Army Finds Turkish 'Flour' Bags Full of C4 - Turkey has been caught before using humanitarian pretexts to smuggle weapons into Syria"

... "...claimed that the cargo of the lorries were a 'national secret'" ... LOL!



malek's picture

The "form"?

Have you learned nothing here -
if in doubt it was clearly Turbotax's fault!

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

And doubtless up next after them is Obama on 1) his using US intel to spy on opposition during an election, and 2) the demonstrably fraudulent birth certificate he trotted out several years back in response to Trump's barking at him.

Bastiat's picture

Oh yeah, sure -- like Obama or Clinton's will be held accountable for anything.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Bastiat,

See above post.

They won't.

We're Lawless.

HRClinton's picture

He deserves to be punished for being stupid.

If  you're going to be paid by the Russians, make sure they pay you in gold or cash deposited into an offshore safety deposit box.

How can 'smart' people in his position be so dumb? If you're gonna be devious, be smart devious not dumb devious. 


meditate_vigorously's picture

(((Chaffetz))) was just forced out of congress for unknown reasons (probably related to corruption or pizzagate and a brokered coverup), and there are sea sponges with a higher IQ than Cummings.

So whatever these 2 clowns say should not be taken seriously.

Harry Paranockus's picture

Did this have any effect on the election?

Never One Roach's picture

Yes. It's more then obvious now that Trump would have won by a lead of 20% if this had no occurred.

RagaMuffin's picture

Something rotten in Utah....?

Cordeezy's picture

What is the penalty for this?


VWAndy's picture

 The sheeple eat this kinda crap up. This story will go over well on the telly.

Squid Viscous's picture

rachel madcow just queefed in her jockey shorts

Seasmoke's picture

It doesn't matter who you choose to lead you by the neck. This will be Trumps greatest accomplishment. When the people finally realize. Forward Comrades !!!

Iamanisland's picture

That's ok ...the laws aren't really for the politicians or bankers so they do not apply.  Move on - nothing to see here folks.  Justice (Laws) only applies to the middle class who don't quite make enough to move politicians or markets.

Squid Viscous's picture

put this fucking jarhead, my gun is bigger than yours, pea brained, psycopath in jail, please,

or fine him, or yank some of those stupid fucking colored bars off of his army dress up blazer, whatever,

and it STILL has nothing to do with Russian involvement in the election,

6 months and counting...

Fishthatlived's picture

"Vetting process?" Our last president underwent no such vetting process.

onwisconsinbadger's picture

I made a mistake and I will pay back taxes. Can I go now and lobby for North Korea ? Loser ! sad !!!

HRClinton's picture

Is this worse than what Timothy Geithner did?

NuYawkFrankie's picture

re "Personally I see no evidence or no data to support the notion that General Flynn complied with the law," Chaffetz told reporters following the briefing.

And personally I see NO evidence nor data to support the notion that the USSA Knesset has complied with the law since - what seems like  - time immemorial!

Quite the contrary in fact - especially when. in a gross abrogation of Constitutional Duty-  it comes to  'Serial Wars Of Aggression' by Presidential Edict!


veeger's picture

this is like two bank robbers calling a pick-pocket a crook................the hypocracy is astronomical

DuneCreature's picture

Ooops, Flynn screwed to pooch telling Erdogan about the CIA plot to off him.

Flynn not owned. ... Trump owned.

Ya didn't collect near enough booty for that boo boo did cha, Mike?

You should have taken the gold and retired.

Live Hard, Some Spook Intrigue Is More Intriguing And Lucrative Than Other Spook Intrigue, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

spanish inquisition's picture

"Sir, I know Tony Podesta, and you are no Tony.... Why you couldn't even hold his pizza box"

GestaltNine's picture

Why would you not disclose something you were doing in public that was recorded and reported on by the media?

Deep Snorkeler's picture

There has been a deep criminal ethic

running through all levels of American life.

An entire society built on a fraud-based

political-economic skeleton.

youngman's picture

Just being a Politician..thats all...

venturen's picture

what a dope....why didn't he just set up a charity and slush the money through that!

Pvt Joker's picture

Notions?   Is that the what we are operating on now?  Notions? 

So I'd like to know where, you got the notion
Said I'd like to know where, you got the notion

logicalman's picture

Sadly, no one is rocking the boat!

whatamaroon's picture

OT; but the clusterfuck continues. Turkey bombs US backed 'rebels' in Syria and Iraq;

hooligan2009's picture

so the US has invaded Syria.


alangreedspank's picture

Really? Getting paid by RT and not disclosing it is a "scandal" ? Have you seen the line up of loony lefties employed by them ? Abby Martin, Hartmann, etc.

TePikoElPozo's picture

dun-dun-dun another one bites the dust...

johnnymustardseed's picture

No doubt will get a pardon. I think when this is said and done two years from now there will be pardons all around

ipso_facto's picture

'... he has nothing to fear from political fallout from the White House or GOP in general...'

Tell it to the pile of corpses from the Clinton entourage.

hooligan2009's picture

ponders how many other politicians, serving or sacked, have failed to disclose payments received from the dmedia, or apartheid regimes like Israel, or from libtard snowflake universities like Berkeley, or ngo companies like those run by soros or russian uranium companies to the dems/clinton etc.

does this mean there are another 435 + 100 + 1 + 7 investigations pending for those currently (and their current aides_ serving AND another 800 investigations for ex-politicians and aides to those politicians

DRAIN THE SWAMP has now morphed into thr need for an independent body to do the investigations into corruption, since self policing just reverts to "neener neener" finger pointing like it's some kind of political game.

grand jury supported by a team of current/ex-fbi sleuths?


NordikAvenger's picture

Who fucking cares anymore, really?  The whole enterprise is rigged and no one gets punished, ever.  They are just shoving it into your face that us proles are losers and they are untouchable.

Fucked every way you look at it.


Mzhen's picture

Chaffetz is burned out and is leaving.  Or maybe he's getting out of Dodge before revelations of his own.  In any case, his statements and assertions are becoming increasingly erratic.

Since the Flynn talk in Russia occurred in 2015, and Flynn's private lobbying work related to Turkey was for a private company based in the Netherlands, the critical definitions here would be the extent to which these businesses are "tied to" the Russian and Turkish governments.  Nothing comes of it.