Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, claims he is “persecuted” by the military to reclaim nearly $40,000 from the Russian government.
The retired lieutenant general was paid $38,557.06 from Russia Today, the Russian state television network, to attend a gala in December 2015.
The Army wrote to Flynn earlier this month, noting that he may have violated the US Constitution’s allowance clause, which prohibits public officials from accepting gifts from foreign countries.
“The military has determined that you have not obtained the necessary approvals before engaging in employment activities with Russia Today (RT), a foreign government-controlled body. In particular, he visited Russia between 10 and 13 December 2015 and gave a speech at a conference hosted by Russia Today (RT), the Russian news agency.”
The Army claims Flynn was paid $33,750 for attending an event where he sat next to President Vladimir Putin and $4,807.06 for travel expenses.
RT, a news outlet sponsored by the Kremlin, ceased all business in the United States in March following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Flynn was convicted of lying to the FBI about contacts with Russian officials before Donald Trump took office and was later pardoned by a single-term president.
Flynn commented on the situation in an interview with the right-wing Real America’s Voice network.
“What I think is that the Pentagon has completed an investigation under this administration, the Biden administration, and has decided to keep persecuting me by tagging my paycheck for what they call a violation called remuneration.”
Flynn, a major QAnon proponent and supporter of Trump’s false allegations of election fraud, added:
“They will reach my retirement and take some money.”