Documents: Flynn paid thousands by Russian interests

Trevor Jackson
March 17, 2017

Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was paid $45,00o to appear at a Russian gala by Kremlin-funded media outlet RT, according to documents released byRep.

The same amount also was given to Flynn from Kaspersky Government Security Solutions, the subsidiary of a major Russian cybersecurity firm with ties to the country's intelligence community.

Flynn sat next to Vladimir Putin at a dinner during the late 2015 trip arranged by RT, a broadcaster that promotes the Kremlin viewpoint in Russian Federation and across the world. Russian prosecutors have charged a manager at the company with treason, saying he and two Russian information-security officials were "interacting" with US intelligence officials, according to a defense lawyer in the case.

The cargo company had been suspended as a United Nations vendor following corruption scandal, and the cybersecurity company was trying to expand its business with the US government.

He also pointed out that Flynn only in recent weeks officially reported that he had been hired late a year ago to lobby for Turkey, for $530,000.

The oversight committee's findings come just over a week after Flynn registered as a foreign agent with the Department of Justice for his lobbying work in the latter half of 2016 on behalf of a Turkish businessman connected to the Turkish government.

Trump had named Flynn as his national security adviser before the president was sworn into office.

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Trump forced Flynn's resignation last month over misleading statements Flynn made to Vice President Pence about his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.

Though Flynn began advising the Trump campaign several months after the RT function, his appearance at the event fueled allegations that the Trump team was too soft on Putin. Flynn also gave other White House officials a false version of his contacts with the Russian envoy. Flynn got almost $34,000 from the engagement, the report said.

Flynn was sacked from the administration after concerns about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. The Flynn case, with many details emerging from information leaked by White House officials and others, was one of a series of chaotic episodes during the first weeks of the Trump presidency.

On Mar. 16, Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the ranking member of the Oversight committee, penned a letter to President Donald Trump, the Pentagon and the Federal Bureau of Investigation listing the payments made to Flynn by two Russian-affiliated firms and the Russian media outlet RT, The Hill reports.

At the time, Flynn was a retired lieutenant general and former Defense Intelligence Agency director.

In a new letter today, Cummings charged that Flynn had "violated the Constitution" by accepting such payments from "an agent of a global adversary that attacked our democracy", an apparent reference to US intelligence agencies' assessment that Russian government-directed hackers had pilfered emails of the Democratic National Committee and Secretary Hillary Clinton's campaign manager John Podesta.

Cummings accused Trump and his advisers of showing unprecedented disinterest "in the truth" of Flynn's work on behalf of foreign clients - "whether due to willful ignorance or knowing indifference".

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