Chaf­fetz: Flynn may have to re­turn Rus­sian pay­ments

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Seth McLaugh­lin

The chair­man of the House Over­sight Com­mit­tee said Mon­day that for­mer Na­tional Se­cu­rity

Ad­viser Michael Flynn could have to pay back the tens of thou­sands of dol­lars that he has re­ceived from Rus­sia and Turkey.

Rep. Ja­son Chaf­fetz said on MSNBC’s “Morn­ing Joe” that the com­mit­tee is look­ing into whether Mr. Flynn vi­o­lated a law that re­quires re­tired mil­i­tary of­fi­cers to re­ceive per­mis­sion be­fore ac­cept­ing pay­ments from foreign en­ti­ties.

“As a for­mer mil­i­tary of­fi­cer, you are re­quired by law [to seek per­mis­sion] if you are go­ing to take pay­ments di­rectly from these coun­tries. You have to not only seek, but you have to get per­mis­sions from the sec­re­tary of state [and] from the sec­re­tary of de­fense,” the Utah Repub­li­can said.

Mr. Chaf­fetz also re­jected Pres­i­dent Trump’s char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of the con­gres­sional in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the pos­si­ble col­lu­sion be­tween his 2016 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign and Rus­sia as a “witch hunt,” and shot down the idea that Mr. Flynn should re­ceive im­mu­nity for his tes­ti­mony be­fore the House and Se­nate in­tel­li­gence com­mit­tees that are lead­ing the probe.

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