An investigation by the House Oversight Reform Committee has found that former national security adviser Michael Flynn was paid a total sum of $56,250 from several Russian firms in 2015.
"I didn't take any money from Russian Federation, if that's what you're asking me", Flynn told Yahoo News in an interview at the Republican National Convention past year.
The amount that Flynn received, higher than previously known, largely came from a $45,386 fee he was paid by the Kremlin-funded RT television network. Flynn's agency, Leading Authorities, took a 25 percent commission, meaning that Flynn earned $33,750 after deducting for their compensation.
Flynn also received $11,250 from Kaspersky Government Security Solutions, Inc., described as the USA subsidiary of Kaspersky Lab, a Russian cybersecurity firm, according to the documents.
The extent of the payments to Flynn added a new chapter into a string of contacts Trump aides had with Moscow in the months before Trump's victory in the US presidential election in November, as well as during the transition period before he took office in January.
In a letter he addressed to Trump, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and FBI Director James Comey, Cummings asked whether Flynn fully disclosed his links to Russian Federation and Turkey before he received a national security clearance and was named to the White House post. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any investigation into Russian election meddling after it was revealed that he offered misleading testimony about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and Flynn was sacked when it was revealed that the FBI had captured his conversations with Kislyak.
Flynn, who was receiving classified briefings as part of the campaign, published a controversial op-ed shortly after Trump's election calling for better U.S. -Turkey relations.
The documents show payments to Flynn Intel Group LLC.
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Flynn received tens of thousands of dollars from Russian companies in 2015, just before he became a top surrogate to Trump and well before his brief stint in the U.S. government, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing documents obtained by Congress. The publication reported that Flynn brought his son and stayed at the swank Metropol hotel.
"I also can not 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".
In addition to the record of Flynn's foreign contacts, Cummings, the senior Democrat on the committee, also asked the Defense Department to compel Flynn to pay the money he received to the USA government.
Cummings has sent a letter to Trump, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and FBI Director James Comey, asking whether Flynn disclosed his communications with and payments from Russian agents during his vetting process as national security adviser.
The newly-released files show that RT - designated by the USA intelligence community as a propaganda arm for Russia's government - also paid for luxury hotel stays and other expenses incurred by Flynn and his adult son, Michael Flynn Jr., during the Moscow trip.
He says they violate the emoluments clause of the Constitution which bars retired military officials from accepting gifts or payments from any foreign government. Papers showed he was paid $530,000 for lobbying work on behalf of the Turkish government. The event occurred in Russian Federation, and his travel and accommodations were covered.
FILE - Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., holds a news conference on Capitol Hill, Jan. 12, 2017, to discuss then-President-elect Donald Trump's conflicts of interest and ethical issues.