Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, received $56,250 in payments from Russian firms during the presidential campaign for work done for two Russian firms and Kremlin-backed news outlet RT.
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. He was paid $45,000, and his travel and accommodations were covered.
Flynn also 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 stocked the firm with those with close ties to Russian intelligence.
Flynn last week filed paperwork retroactively notifying the Justice Department that he had done work that may have benefited the government of Turkey.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said in a statement:
“I cannot 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.
I also cannot recall a time when the President and his top advisers seemed so disinterested in the truth about that individual’s work on behalf of foreign nations—whether due to willful ignorance or knowing indifference.”