Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), right, and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on April 25 discuss former national security advisor Michael Flynn's possible failure to disclose payments from foreign countries. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's legal troubles worsened Thursday when a House committee disclosed that the Pentagon inspector general is investigating whether the retired Army three-star general violated military rules by accepting foreign payments.Flynn was warned in 2014, when he was retiring from the military, not to accept payments from foreign governments without advance approval from the Pentagon, according to documents released Thursday by a House committee.Flynn subsequently accepted more than $500,000 from a Russian government-owned broadcasting company and from a lobbying company representing Turkey, according to the committee.The Pentagon inspector general is investigating whether Flynn &ldquo;failed to obtain required approval&rdquo; to accept those funds, Acting Inspector General Glenn A. Fine wrote in an April 11 letter to the House Oversight Committee, which is investigating Flynn&rsquo;s foreign business ties.Retired officers found to have violated the prohibition on accepting foreign payments can be ordered to return pension payments during the time of the violations, according to the Pentagon.The committee probe is one of several in Congress looking at whether any of President Trump's current or former aides improperly coordinated with Russian operatives during last year's presidential campaign. The FBI is conducted a separate counter-intelligence investigation.&nbsp;Earlier this week, the House committee said that Flynn also failed to disclose the foreign payments when he signed a government disclosure form required to renew his security clearance in early 2016, shortly after he had returned from Moscow.After leaving the military, Flynn opened a government relations company and became a top adviser to the Trump campaign last year. President Trump subsequently named him as national security advisor.But Flynn was forced to resign after less than a month at the White House after news reports revealed he had misled Vice President Pence and other White House officials about his conversations in December with Russia&rsquo;s ambassador about easing U.S. sanctions on Russia.Military officers, including retirees, are barred under the Constitution from accepting payments, gifts or items of value from foreign government without congressional permission.The Defense Intelligence Committee, the Pentagon spy agency that Flynn headed before he retired, said in a letter to the House committee that it had found no evidence Flynn sought permission to accept foreign government payments.The DIA did not locate any records of Flynn "seeking permission or approval for the receipt of money from a foreign source,&rdquo; Christine Kapnisi, the agency&rsquo;s acting head of congressional relations, said in an April 11 letter to the committee.Flynn accepted a $33,750 fee to attend a December 2015 gala in Moscow sponsored by RT, a Russian state-run TV network, and to attend a lunch where he sat beside Russian President Vladimir Putin.Flynn&rsquo;s company, Flynn Intel Group, also received $530,000 last fall &mdash; at the height of the presidential campaign &mdash; for work that benefited the government in Turkey, the committee has found. Flynn retroactively disclosed that work last month on a federal disclosure form.Flynn was reminded when he retired that accepting unauthorized payments from foreign governments was prohibited, according to the DIA letter.He "was advised of the legal restrictions concerning foreign compensations and instructed to report any potential receipt of compensations in advance,&rdquo; DIA said.Flynn&rsquo;s attorney, Robert Kelner, said this week that his client told the DIA about his 2015 trip to Moscow. Kelner&rsquo;s statement did not say if Flynn disclosed the fee he was offered by the Russian government TV network."As has previously been reported, General Flynn briefed the Defense Intelligence Agency&hellip; extensively regarding the RT speaking event trip both before and after the trip, and he answered any questions that were posed by DIA concerning the trip during those briefings,&rdquo; Kelner said.