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The witch hunt continues against Donald Trump and anyone who dared to support him.
Now, the U.S. Army is targeting General Michael Flynn, who previously served as a national security adviser to President Donald Trump, over the phony “emoluments” clause.
The U.S. Department of Defense’s internal watchdog has concluded a long-delayed investigation into Flynn and sent its findings to the Army in a case that could bring tens of thousands of dollars in financial penalties for Flynn.
The investigation focuses on Flynn’s acceptance of money from Russian and Turkish interests before joining the Trump administration, a potential violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clause.
With few exceptions, U.S. officials, including retired service members like Flynn, are prohibited from accepting money or gifts from foreign governments. Flynn retired from the Army as a three-star general in 2014.
The inspector general’s investigation, opened in April 2017, was put on hold for more than three years amid a broader scandal that included a criminal investigation of Flynn by the Justice Department — part of what would become the investigation of Trump’s first presidential campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election led by former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III.
“On January 27, 2021, we closed our investigation against LTG Flynn and forwarded several administrative matters to the Acting Secretary of the Army for review and appropriate action,” Allen’s statement said.
LTG stands for lieutenant general, Flynn’s rank at retirement.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a similar case against Donald Trump because “he was no longer in office.”
The justices threw out lower court rulings that had allowed the lawsuits – one filed by the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland and the other by plaintiffs including a watchdog group – to proceed, while also declining to hear Trump’s appeals of those decisions.
The justices ordered the lower courts to dismiss the cases because they are now moot.
The plaintiffs accused Trump of running afoul of the Constitution’s “emoluments” provisions that bar presidents from accepting gifts or payments from foreign and state governments without congressional approval.
After a federal judge initially threw out the case, the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals revived it in 2019.
A 2020 decision by the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allowed a similar lawsuit by the District of Columbia and Maryland to proceed.
That suit focused on the Trump International Hotel in Washington, which became a favored lodging and event space for some foreign and state officials visiting Washington.
A third lawsuit filed by congressional Democrats against Trump ended last year after the Supreme Court refused to hear their appeal of a lower court ruling that the lawmakers lacked the necessary legal standing to pursue the case.
All of the cases brought by Democrats were dismissed by the Supreme Court.
In the case involving Flynn, he was no longer a general when he worked with a foreign government.
But the U.S. Army still wants to get him on the “emoluments” clause?
Of course, the government won’t investigate how Flynn was treated and smeared by the intelligence community for years.