Dem tells Michael Flynn to forfeit his pension over Russia link fine

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A House Democrat has called on Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser under former President Donald Trump, to cut his pension.

It comes after the US Army announced it would collect nearly $40,000 from Flynn, who the Department of Defense cited for failing to disclose financial and in-kind payments.

“Just take his pension away from him and call it quits. Traitors don’t get pensions from the government they’re trying to overthrow,” said Rep. Ruben Gallego, an Arizona Democrat. tweeted.

The army fine comes from Flynn, who attended a gala in Moscow in 2015 to celebrate the anniversary of Russia Today, a Russian state news channel. In a May 2 letter, the Army told Flynn they would ask $38,557.06 to attend the gala, where he sat next to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Washington Post first reported.

The Army also said Flynn violated the US Constitution’s emoluments clause, which prohibits military personnel from accepting payments from foreign governments without prior approval. Flynn received around $450,000 in compensation from Russian and Turkish interests in 2015, according to investigators.

“If a retired military member is found to have violated the eligibility clause, the United States government may pursue debt collection,” Army attorney Craig Schmauder said in the May 2 letter to Flynn, according to The Post.

A spokesman for Flynn didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment on Saturday.

Flynn recently testified before the January 6 House Committee, where he was pleading the Fifth Amendment, when asked if he believed the January 6, 2021 violence was justified.

Flynn has publicly advocated for Trump to impose martial law and use the US military to seize voting machines across the US as the Trump administration seeks to overthrow the 2020 presidential election.

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