President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, received $56,250 in payments from Russian firms during the presidential race for work done for two Russian firms and Kremlin-backed news outlet RT, according to new documents obtained by a House Oversight panel.
Flynn was fired from his White House post last month after misleading Vice President Pence about communications with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S.
Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are requesting an additional investigation into newly disclosed payments he received from Russia-based companies, sending a letter detailing the allegations to Trump and the leaders of the Pentagon and FBI.
Flynn spoke at a gala hosted by RT in December 2015, an event he acknowledged during last year’s campaign. But he refused to say how much he was paid, citing an unwillingness to have his speaking fees publicized.
The documents reveal the retired Army lieutenant general received more than $45,000 for participating in he event. His speakers bureau, Leading Authorities, took a $11,250 cut. The event occurred in Russia, and his travel and accommodations were covered.
At the time, he was working on a volunteer basis as a military adviser on Trump’s presidential campaign.
The new documents obtained by the committee also detail that Flynn received $11,250 from Volga-Dnepr Airlines in August 2015, a Russian airfreight company that the United Nations had suspended from its list of approved vendors after a corruption scandal involving an indicted Russian United Nations official.
Flynn received an additional $11,250 payment in October 2015 from the subsidiary of a Russian company specializing in “uncovering Western government spyware,” Kaspersky Lab. Its founder, Eugene Kaspersky, denies that it has stocked the firm with those with close ties to Russian intelligence.
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