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Pentagon to probe foreign payments received by Trump aide Michael Flynn

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         Pentagon to probe foreign payments received by Trump aide Michael Flynn

WASHINGTON—The Pentagon’s internal watchdog has opened an investigation into whether former national security adviser Michael Flynn violated the law by taking payments linked to foreign governments after leaving the military, according to a letter released by congressional Democrats.

The inspector general for the Defense Department told members of Congress earlier this month that the office had opened a probe into whether Flynn violated both the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution as well as military regulations by failing to obtain permission for payments from entities linked to Russia and Turkey.

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A letter released by congressional Democrats also shows Flynn was warned against taking any foreign payments without advanced approval from military officials.

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com.

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