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Key lawmakers say Michael Flynn could be prosecuted for failing to disclose Russia, Turkey payments

Then-national security advisor Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing Feb. 1 at the White House. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)
Then-national security advisor Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing Feb. 1 at the White House. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)

The senior members of the House Oversight Committee say classified military documents show that the Trump administration's former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, did not ask permission or inform the U.S. government about payments he received for appearances before Russian organizations in 2015 and for lobbying that helped Turkey's government. 

Flynn's failure to obtain permission from military authorities for the payments raises concern whether Flynn violated a constitutional ban on foreign payments to retired military officers. That's according to Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings. 

The two leaders of the oversight committee said there was no evidence Flynn complied with federal law. They said Flynn could be criminally prosecuted, and they said Flynn should surrender the money he was paid. 

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