President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, admitted that he received fees from Russian companies but failed to specify the payments in declarations filed before his February 13 resignation over discrepancies about his relationship with Russia.
As reported by the Washington Post, initially, Flynn earned at least $1.3 million through his consulting firm Flynn Intel Group. The subsequent disclosure does not list how all of his compensation broke down monetarily, however, but is reveals sources that paid him $5,000 or more in a year.
In the latest disclosure, Flynn admitted that he received fees for speaking at events held by the Kremlin-backed RT (Russia Today) news network, Volga-Dnepr Airlines and Kaspersky Government Security Solutions., but how much they paid him remains unknown.
The former US Army general has asked for immunity, according to his attorney, who added that Flynn is willing to “tell his story” if granted immunity for his testimony before congressional committees conducting an investigation into the scandal.
Since he and other Trump allies criticized aides to Hillary Clinton who sought immunity during the probe of her email server, Democrats and comedians eagerly seized on hints of a deal as evidence that Flynn has secrets to hide.
“Let’s be clear: Flynn’s immunity request very strongly suggests there was a criminal conspiracy at the highest levels of government,” said Seth Abramson, an attorney, academic and journalist. “Today’s discovery that Mike Flynn hid payments from Russian propaganda and cybersecurity outfits may be bigger news than we think.”
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