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Michael Flynn was paid by Russians before joining Trump team

Michael Flynn was paid by Russians before joining Trump team

In addition, Flynn received two $11,250 payments, one from the USA subsidiary of a Russian cybersecurity firm and another from Volga-Dnepr Airlines, a Russian carrier that runs charter flights. The payments were made for talks to US subsidiaries of those companies.

The amount that Flynn received, higher than previously known, largely came from a $45,386 fee he was paid by the Kremlin-funded RT television network. Those documents show Flynn earned $530,000 a year ago from the firm while serving as a top adviser to Trump's campaign.

Leading Authorities redacted information about Flynn's other speaking engagements in 2015 that were presumably not connected to Russian Federation.

"I can not recall any time in our nation's history when the president selected as his national security adviser someone who violated the Constitution by accepting tens of thousands of dollars from an agent of a global adversary that attacked our democracy", Cummings said in the letter, referencing the furor over Russia's possible role in election-related hacking.

Cummings also said that Flynn had violated the Constitution's emoluments clause against government officials, including retired military officers, from accepting foreign gifts. On February 13, Flynn resigned after journalists uncovered that he had discussed US sanctions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016 and misled Pence about it, The New York Times reports.

Flynn was sacked from the national security advisor role last month following revelations that he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other Trump administration officials about his conversations with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States.

National security adviser General Michael Flynn (L) arrives to deliver a statement next to Press Secretary Sean Spicer during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington U.S., February 1, 2017. Flynn, who retired from active duty in 2015, shared a table with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the gala, which was held in Moscow.

Flynn last week filed paperwork retroactively notifying the Justice Department that he had done work that may have benefitted the government of Turkey.

Cummings said he had obtained documents showing that Flynn had received $33,750 for the RT gala appearance.

Flynn was paid for his work with both companies while he still had top-secret level security clearance, a year after he was sacked as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Wall Street Journal's Shane Harris noted.

Flynn went on a three-day trip with his son, Michael Flynn Jr., staying in a five-star hotel at the Russian government's expense for RT's 10th anniversary celebration in 2015, according to Yahoo.

Cummings letters Thursday also asked for all documents related to whether he may have violated requirements on his application for security clearance by failing to disclose certain information.

It is still not clear what prompted Flynn to register as a foreign agent for that work. It was a paid speaking opportunity, ' Flynn told the paper.

An RT official wrote in an email on November 20, 2015, that RT wanted Flynn to speak about "the decision-making process in the White House" when it came to the "Middle East security situation". After Flynn was appointed, his attorneys then notified the White House counsel's office that a filing was imminent.


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