Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Chairman of the House Oversight committee and the ranking Democratic member, Elijah Cummings, told reporters that they had obtained the SF86 security clearance application form that Flynn filed in January 2016, one month after he traveled to Moscow to speak at a gala celebrating the 10th anniversary of Russia’s state-owned news agency, Russia Today. In that form Flynn was advised that failing to provide accurate information might result in a felony.
Documents the oversight committee obtained later from Flynn’s speaking bureau revealed that Flynn was paid approximately $33,000 for the speaking engagement. Yet Flynn failed to disclose those funds on his security clearance application.
Previously Trump defended Flynn. It was Trump’s instinct that Flynn hadn’t done anything wrong.
that Flynn was a “wonderful man” and he was treated “very very unfairly by the media, as I call it the fake media, in many cases, and its really a sad thing that he was treated so badly. I think in addition to that from intelligence, papers are being leaked, things are being leaked, its criminal action, a criminal act, and its been going on for a long time, before me, but now it’s really going on, and people are trying to cover up for a terrible loss that the Democrats had under Hillary Clinton, I think it’s very very unfair, what’s happened to General Flynn, the way he was treated, and the documents and papers that were illegally, and I stress that, illegally leaked, very very unfair…”
Chaffetz also said Flynn, a former military officer who headed the Defense Intelligence Agency between 2012 and 2014, did not appear to obtain permission from his superiors before he traveled to Moscow.
“There is no data to support the notion that Flynn complied with the law,” Chaffetz said. “He was supposed to seek and receive permission from the secretary of state and the Army secretary both to receive that payment and engage in that kind of activity.”
“The response we’re getting [from the Pentagon] is that there is no information on Flynn’s trips or payments [on his SF86 form] and that, we believe, is the potential violation,” Chaffetz said. “No former military officer is allowed to accept payments from a foreign government, and my guess is this is probably not the first time this has happened.
Flynn agreed to testify before the intelligence committees in exchange for immunity late last month, a signal to some legal experts that he thought he may have committed a crime.
Cummings said that while Flynn’s negligence on his SF86 forms could “definitely” be punished by up to five years in prison, it is not up to the Oversight Committee to make that decision.
Flynn belatedly registered as a foreign agent with the Department of Justice in March for his lobbying work last year on behalf of a Turkish businessman with ties to the Turkish government. Flynn’s firm, Flynn Intel Group, was paid approximately $500,000 by the businessman, Ekim Alptekin, between August and November of 2016.