Trump's ex-adviser didn't disclose income from Russian firms - White House
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 05, 2017,
Apr 05, 2017, 17:02
That RT payment and two others to companies with Russian ties - for USA -based speaking engagements involving the cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Government Security Solutions and Volga-Dnepr Airlines - are listed in an amended financial disclosure form Flynn delivered to the White House Friday, more than a month after he stepped down from his top post under President Donald Trump.
The speeches were not included in a form that Flynn signed electronically on Feb 11, which the White House also released yesterday. Fired Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, whose request for immunity was turned down by the House Intelligence Committee. WSJ's Jason Bellini has #TheShortAnswer.
On March 22, Nunes held a press conference announcing that he "recently confirmed that, on numerous occasions, the Intelligence Community incidentally collected information about USA citizens involved in the Trump transition" in legal surveillance not related to Russian Federation.
The payments were not listed on Flynn's first financial disclosure submitted to the federal government after Trump tapped him to be the national security adviser.
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.
Flynn's attorney, Robert Kelner, said no "reasonable person" who has a lawyer would answer questions without assurances that he would not be prosecuted, given calls from some members of Congress that the retired lieutenant general should face criminal charges.
The White House says the real story is not about Russian Federation, but about how Obama administration officials allegedly leaked and mishandled classified material about Americans. However, that process was suspended when Flynn resigned. In that vein, the White House may have gone too far in trying to cover the president on the widely discredited claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones.
He and his firm also recently registered with the Justice Department as foreign agents for lobbying work conducted on behalf of a company owned by a Turkish businessman.
Nearly every day I am dismayed by the confusion, secrecy and pettiness that flows from the White House. White House chief strategist Steve Bannon made up to $2.5 million. Nunes made this announcement before briefing his committee or its top Democrat, and then he proceeded to the White House to brief President Trump on his findings. But the documents nevertheless offer a portrait into the lives of several key White House aides, especially those who came from Wall Street or have other ties to the financial industry. One congressional source tells NBC News that immunity is "not on the table"; a second reiterated that the committee is "not receptive" to such a request "at this time." .
Kushner, like President Trump, a prominent real estate titan, held a position in 267 separate entities, ranging from the President Trump transition team to dozens of property holdings in NY and New Jersey. No elected official, including from Trump's Republican Party, has supported the claim.