What's far more confusing to me is why the White House doesn't appear to be cooperating with the committee's investigation into Flynn.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 27, 2017.
With Flynn's failure to obtain permission from military authorities for the payments and failure to disclose them, the retired general could have violated a constitutional ban on foreign payments to retired military officers. Cummings said Thursday that the White House is clearly "stonewalling". "I don't get it, after the President fired him for lying - they should be bending over backwards to help us".
The Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon spy agency that Flynn headed before he retired, said that it had found no evidence that Flynn had sought permission to accept foreign government payments.
This is because the US Constitution's Title of Nobility Clause states "no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state" - a clause meant to protect against foreign influence in US government.
The Pentagon confirmed its investigation after the House Oversight Committee released a 2014 letter the DIA sent to Mr Flynn advising specifically that he needed advance permission from Congress before accepting any payments from foreign governments. He was paid between $33,750 and $45,000 to attend the gala at which he was seated next to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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He has claimed previously that his client informed officials at the Defense Intelligence Agency, which the retired lieutenant general helmed until his firing in 2014, about the trip to Russian Federation. Flynn has also received payments from the Russian firms Kaspersky and Volga Dnepr for speeches he gave. A spokeswoman for Cummings said Republicans on the committee were informed the documents would be released this morning.
The inspector generals' letters also show that the agency found no evidence that he sought prior approval.
In his letter to Acting Secretary Speer, Chaffetz also asked to be informed about "any other emoluments clause violations" that might have been taken up since January 1, 2010. He also wants the Army to disclose any other investigations it's launched since 2010 into similar legal violations.
Through his lawyer, Flynn has offered to testify to the FBI and the House and Senate intelligence committee investigations, but only after obtaining a grant of immunity against subsequent prosecution.
According to the documents released by the House Oversight Committee, Lt.
During Thursday's White House briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer blamed the Obama administration when he was asked about the thoroughness of Flynn's vetting by Trump's transition team.
Flynn maintained a top secret security clearance even after he was pushed out of his Obama administration role at the Pentagon in 2014. Spicer asked. He noted that Flynn's security clearance was renewed during the Obama administration "with all of the information that's being discussed that occurred in 2015".