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No sign Mike Flynn complied with the law on taking foreign payments, House leaders say

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Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn

WASHINGTON — Former White House national security adviser Mike Flynn apparently didn’t seek permission from the military before taking payments from entities linked to Russia and Turkey, as required under Pentagon guidelines, the leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said Tuesday.

The panel’s Republican chairman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, and Democratic ranking member, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, said they were asking the Army and Defense Department inspectors general to determine whether Flynn, a former three-star general and head of the military’s Defense Intelligence Agency, must return payments he received after leaving the military for lobbying and speaking work that was linked to foreign governments.

“Gen. Flynn had a duty and an obligation to seek and obtain permission to receive money from foreign governments prior to any engagement with them,” said Chaffetz in a joint statement with his Democratic counterpart at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday morning, after viewing classified documents provided by the Defense Department.

“It does not appear to us that that was ever sought, nor did he ever get that permission,” Chaffetz said.

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