Democratic members of the House Government Oversight Committee just released explosive new evidence that the President’s former National Security Director may have been an unregistered Russian foreign agent during the 2016 election as he served the Trump Campaign.
This new evidence includes the check stubs and invoices of payments totalling $56,250 from Russian state-sponsored media outlet RT, Russian internet security company Kaspersky, and the Volga-Dnepr Airline company. Kaspersky’s top anti-virus investigator was recently detained by Russian authorities in a move thought to be related to influencing America’s election.
— Oversight Committee (@OversightDems) March 16, 2017
Based on the details provided so far, it is yet unclear if Flynn’s work would have required him to register as a foreign agent for his Russia work.
The Hill explains that the Foreign Agents Registration Act only “requires the disclosure of work — including consulting, lobbying and public relations — done inside the U.S. on behalf of an individual or entity connected to a foreign sovereign government or government official.”
Failing to register as a foreign agent violates federal law. If it turns out Flynn’s work does violate FARA, it would mean that the disgraced former National Security Advisor failed to register as a foreign agent for two countries. Furthermore, campaign law restricts foreign contributions to political campaigns, with the exception for unpaid volunteers who are not being paid by anyone else.
Ranking House Oversight Democrat Elijah Cummings (D-MD) tried to warn Vice President Mike Pence that Flynn might have to register under FARA when he was the head of the Trump Transition team – but his warning was ignored by Trump, who has so far shown a shocking disinterest in the enormous conflicts of interests presented by his National Security Advisor’s decision to sell himself out to the highest bidder.
Rep. Cummings was appalled by the new revelations, as per his statement on the matter:
“I cannot recall any time in our nation’s history when the President selected as his National Security Advisor someone who violated the Constitution by accepting tens of thousands of dollars from an agent of a global adversary that attacked our democracy,”
Sadly, House Republican Oversight Committee members are too busy tweeting about the post office and investigating the mailboxes of national parks to say anything about their President putting a man on the payroll of foreign governments into our country’s top national security job.
Here’s the House Oversight Democrats’ letter:
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