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Citing ‘Investigative Activities,’ Military Agency Refuses To Releases Michael Flynn Records

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The Defense Intelligence Agency is withholding documents related to former national security adviser Michael Flynn, citing “ongoing law enforcement investigative activities.”

The agency, which Flynn led during the Obama administration, made the disclosure in response to Freedom of Information Act requests filed by several news outlets, including The Daily Caller.

The response letters said that Flynn-related records could not be released because they “could reasonably be expected to interfere with on-going law enforcement investigative activities,” the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) told TheDC in a letter dated Nov. 15.

The records could be released “at the conclusion of the present investigative activity,” the letter states.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is currently investigating Flynn’s business activities prior to being named national security adviser. Mueller is said to be particularly interested in Flynn’s consulting work for a Turkish businessman linked to the Turkish government.

Flynn also received compensation from RT, the Russia-owned news outlet, to appear at a gala in Moscow in Dec. 2015. It is unclear whether Flynn properly disclosed that transaction to the Defense Department.

In April, TheDC requested an unredacted copy of a letter that Christine Kapnisi, the DIA’s director of congressional relations, sent that month to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about Flynn’s activities at DIA.

Democrats on the committee had released a redacted version of the letter. The blocked-out portions discussed Flynn’s foreign contacts.

The DIA is also withholding records from the Associated Press and BuzzFeed.

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