Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
Business | By Megan Pierce

Flynn worked for multiple Russian firms

Flynn worked for multiple Russian firms

An investigation by the House Oversight Reform Committee has found that former national security adviser Michael Flynn was paid a total sum of $56,250 from several Russian firms in 2015.

In August 2015, Flynn was paid $11,250 by the Russian Volga-Dnepr Airlines, an airline company that had already been blacklisted by the United Nations on in relation to corruption.

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. Those documents show Flynn earned $530,000 a year ago from the firm while serving as a top adviser to Trump's campaign.

Trump said he was not concerned about Flynn's contacts with Kislyak, but that he asked for the NSC director's resignation because he had misled and embarrassed Pence.

In letters sent to Trump, Defense Secretary James Mattis and FBI Director James Comey, Cummings said Flynn "violated the Constitution by accepting tens of thousands of dollars from an agent of a global adversary that attacked our democracy".

Cummings said that Flynn, as a retired general, was bound by government rules not to accept payments from rival governments, and called on the Defense Department take steps to seize Flynn's earnings from those deals.

Shortly after the December 10, 2015 broadcast showing Flynn at the head table alongside CIA whistleblower Ray McGovern and Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, a senior US intelligence official told ABC News it was a stunning image of the former military intelligence chief, "that close to a despot, an enemy to the USA, at an event for the Russian government's propaganda arm". Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any investigation into Russian election meddling after it was revealed that he offered misleading testimony about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and Flynn was sacked when it was revealed that the FBI had captured his conversations with Kislyak.

The speaking engagement was held in December 2015, just two months before Flynn became a formal advisor to Trump's presidential campaign.

After the speech, Flynn sat at Putin's table, and was seated at his right-and side. Flynn's take from RT was ultimately $33,750 after Leading Authorities received its commission.

A congressional committee has disclosed documents indicating that Flynn flew to Moscow and stayed there at a five-star hotel for three days on an all-expenses-paid trip in addition to receiving his generous compensation, according to a report by Yahoo News. That security clearance was suspended last month, pending further review.

It is still not clear what prompted Flynn to register as a foreign agent for that work. Papers showed he was paid $530,000 for lobbying work on behalf of the Turkish government.

It was reported Thursday that former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn had received upwards of $50,000 from various Russian companies during the 2015 calendar year, further adding to the speculation (and confusion) over his not registering as a foreign agent prior to his appointment. After Flynn was appointed, his attorneys then notified the White House counsel's office that a filing was imminent.

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