Russians Got Flynn To Take A Pay Cut For Moscow Speech

Tracy FergusonMar 17, 2017

It stemmed from statements about whether the pair talked about sanctions brought by the Obama administration in response to alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) sits next to retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn (L) in Moscow, Russia, December 10, 2015.

The Journal said both business engagements came in the summer and fall of 2015. Michael Flynn, was paid a total of $56,200 in 2015 by three Russian firms owned by or closely tied to the Kremlin, new documents released by congressional Democrats appear to show.

This month, Flynn filed paperwork indicating that he had been a foreign agent during the months when he was a top adviser to Trump's campaign.

The oversight committee had previously called on the Defense Department to investigate whether Flynn had run afoul of the US Constitution by being paid to speak at the RT gala.

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The documents confirming the payments were secured from Flynn's speaker's bureau by Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Flynn and his son flew to Moscow and stayed at a luxury hotel from December 9 to December 12, according to email exchanges between his speaker's bureau, Leading Authorities, and a representative of the network.

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.

Last week, Flynn retroactively registered as a foreign agent in connection with his work on behalf of company whose Turkish founder has close ties to Turkey's government.

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

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"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.

Flynn, who served for only 24 days before Trump asked for his resignation, would have been aware as a former head of the DIA that the American intelligence community took a dubious view of the Russian television outlet. The cyberfirm said the payment came for a speech Flynn delivered in Washington.

In its invitation for Flynn to participate in a panel on "Geopolitics 2015 and Russia's changing role in the world", an RT producer wrote that Flynn was being invited because he was "one of the world's leading voices on national security issues".

It is still not clear what prompted Flynn to register as a foreign agent for that work.

In recent years, Flynn has advocated for closer ties with Russian Federation to bolster the US coalition to fight Islamic terrorism.

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All of this new information, ultimately, is part of the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russia's attempts to influence the election. According to the company, Kaspersky Lab "has no ties to any government, but the company is proud to collaborate with the authorities of many countries, as well as worldwide law enforcement agencies in the fight against cybercrime".

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