Let­ter: For­mer se­cu­rity ad­viser was paid by Rus­sian-linked firms

Austin American-Statesman - - STATESMAN AT THE LEGISLATURE - Adam Gold­man and Michael Sch­wirtz ©2017 The New York Times

— Michael Flynn, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s for­mer na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser, was paid over $65,000 by com­pa­nies linked to Rus­sia in 2015, ac­cord­ing to a let­ter re­leased Thurs­day by con­gres­sional in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Among the com­pa­nies was a cargo air­line im­pli­cated in a bribery scheme in­volv­ing Rus­sian of­fi­cials at the United Na­tions, an Amer­i­can branch of a cy­ber­se­cu­rity firm be­lieved to have ties to Rus­sia’s in­tel­li­gence ser­vices, and RT, the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment’s English lan­guage tele­vi­sion chan­nel, ac­cord­ing to the let­ter, which was sent to Trump on Thurs­day by Rep. Eli­jah Cum­mings of Mary­land. Cum­mings is the top Demo­crat on the House Over­sight and Gov­ern­ment Re­form Com­mit­tee.

The doc­u­ment pro­vides new de­tails about Flynn’s ties to Rus­sian en­ti­ties just over a month after he was forced to re­sign fol­low­ing rev­e­la­tions that he had mis­led Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence and other top White House of­fi­cials about his con­ver­sa­tions last year with the Rus­sian am­bas­sador to the U.S.

The let­ter — ad­dressed to Trump, James B. Comey, the di­rec­tor of the FBI, and De­fense Sec­re­tary Jim Mat­tis — re­quested ad­di­tional doc­u­ments re­lated to Flynn’s se­cu­rity clear­ances.

The fees were ap­par­ently for speak­ing en­gage­ments by Flynn, a re­tired Army lieu­tenant gen­eral and for­mer head of the De­fense In­tel­li­gence Agency.

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