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.
In December of 2015, Flynn and his son took an all-expenses-paid trip to Moscow, where the then Defense Intelligence Agency Director was to speak at a 10 year anniversary party for RT, a Russian state-owned television network renowned for being a propaganda machine of the Kremlin. Flynn was paid $45,386 ($33,750 after “an agency commission) according to new documents obtained by a congressional oversight committee.
From there, Flynn was paid $11,250 to speak to US subsidiaries of both Volga-Dnieper, a cargo airline that had been suspended as a vendor to the United Nations following a corruption scandal, and a Russian cybersecurity agency looking to expand business with the U.S. government. These engagements took place in the fall and summer of 2015, a year after his firing from the Defense Intelligence Agency (and while he maintained his top-level security clearance).
Many Democrats in congress claim that the funds Flynn collected violate the Pentagon rules that retired military officers to the emoluments clause of the Constitution, barring them from accepting “consulting fees, gifts, travel expenses, honoraria or salary” from a foreign government.
This revelation comes on the heels of the recent development that Flynn had paid consultancy fees to the same FBI agent who claimed the State Department tried to bury an email connected to Hillary Clinton and Benghazi.
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