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Trump’s former national security adviser faces investigation from Defense Department IG

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Michael Flynn. Photo by JFK Jr. Forum, Photographer Kristyn Ulanday

Michael T. Flynn, who briefly served as President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, is under investigation by the Defense Department’s inspector general regarding payments he received from Turkey and Russia.

The investigation was announced by the House Oversight Committee on Thursday, the New York Times reported.

According to the article, Flynn – a former three-star Army general – did not get permission from the U.S. government for the fees, or fully disclose information about his Russian business activities. RT, a television network funded by the Russian government, reportedly paid Flynn $45,000 to give a 2015 speech in Moscow, and he was paid more than $500,000 to work with a Turkish-American
businessman, who had connections with the country’s government.

Flynn was warned in 2014, when he retired from the military, that he shouldn’t take foreign money without approval from the Pentagon, the Chicago Tribune reported.

He served in the administration for 24 days before being forced out for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his contact with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, according to the New York Times.

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