Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
Business | By Sandy Mccarthy

Michael Flynn Received $70000 In Payments From Russian Companies In 2015

Michael Flynn Received $70000 In Payments From Russian Companies In 2015

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn was paid more than $50,000 by Russian companies just before he joined Donald Trump's presidential campaign as a formal adviser, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.

Flynn received tens of thousands of dollars from Russian companies in 2015, just before he became a top surrogate to Trump and well before his brief stint in the U.S. government, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing documents obtained by Congress. Both companies are privately owned and based in Russian Federation, though Flynn appears to have given talks to branches based in the US, according to Yahoo News. Price Floyd, a spokesman for Flynn, said that "as many former government officials and general officers have done, Gen. Flynn signed with a speakers' bureau and these are examples of that work".

Flynn, 58, also was paid $530,000 previous year to lobby for Turkey while he was advising Trump during the billionaire real estate mogul's campaign.

When I asked Flynn about his 2015 Moscow trip, he said "I didn't take any $ from Russian Federation".

"I can not recall any time in our nation's history when the President selected as his National Security Advisor someone who violated the Constitution by accepting tens of thousands of dollars from an agent of a global adversary that attacked our democracy", Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, wrote in the letter to the Trump administration. Russian prosecutors have charged a manager at the company with treason, saying he and two Russian information-security officials were "interacting" with USA intelligence officials, according to a defense lawyer in the case.

Those engagements took place in summer and fall of 2015, as he continued to maintain a top-secret security clearance after his firing the year before as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

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The documents include emails from RT explaining that Flynn was invited to the event for his "expertise as an intelligence professional" and "to talk about the decision-making process in the White House - and the role of the intelligence community in it".

Flynn and his son also received an unspecified amount in expenses paid by RT for business-class flights to and from Moscow and for their three-day stay at the Hotel Metropol. In addition, it said, his speaking agency received a 25 percent commission.

Cummings said he has given the Trump administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Defense Department until April 7 to produce documents related to Flynn's contacts with foreign nationals and any documentation of funds he received from foreign sources.

After the election Trump named him White House national security advisor - only to have to ask for his resignation weeks later amid a storm over his calls with the Russian ambassador.

The release of the documents comes one week after Flynn and his firm, Flynn Intel Group, registered with the Justice Department as foreign agents whose lobbying work may have benefited the government of Turkey.

On Mar. 10, Flynn disclosed that he was working as a representative for Turkish government while he had advised the Trump campaign. After Flynn was appointed, his attorneys then notified the White House counsel's office that a filing was imminent.

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