Documenting more than $67,000 in fees and expenses paid before the presidential election to former national security adviser Michael Flynn by Russian companies, a Democratic congressman Thursday asked the Trump administration to provide a comprehensive record of Flynn's contacts with foreign governments and interests.
He also received a similar amount from a cybersecurity company in Russian Federation that was looking to expand its business with the USA government, the newspaper reported.
Last week, it was revealed that Flynn also was lobbying for a Turkish firm late past year, earning $530,000.
When I asked Flynn about his 2015 Moscow trip, he said "I didn't take any $ from Russian Federation".
"I can not 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", Cummings said.
Cummings said Flynn's acceptance of payments from RT violated the emoluments provision of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits retired military officers from accepting gifts from foreign powers.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, sits next to retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, left, at an exhibition marking the 10th anniversary of the RT (Russia Today) television news channel in Moscow, Dec.10, 2015. Flynn resigned from that role last month after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Pence and other senior White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.
He would later become President Donald Trump's campaign advisor and first national security advisor, until he was forced to resign over misstatements about his communications with a Russian diplomat. Flynn, who retired from active duty in 2015, shared a table with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the gala, which was held in Moscow.
The oversight committee's findings come just over a week after Flynn registered as a foreign agent with the Department of Justice for his lobbying work in the latter half of 2016 on behalf of a Turkish businessman connected to the Turkish government.
Flynn later acknowledged in press interviews the paid engagement to appear at the RT gala to talk about radical Islam, but he also has said he wasn't uncomfortable with it in hindsight, while declining to provide details about any payments from RT.
A spokesman for Flynn declined comment.
Those documents were obtained from Leading Authorities, a firm which arranges Flynn's speaking engagements. Another attendee who took part in some of the tours told The Associated Press they did not see Flynn at those events.
Depending on the type of work that Flynn did for the two Russian firms - which the letter does not make clear - it may not be subject to disclosure to the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). They include how Flynn answered questions about his contact with foreign nationals, his work for foreign governments and businesses, and any worldwide real estate holdings. Those payments only came to light after investigators earlier this month encouraged Flynn to register his previous work as a foreign agent. After Flynn was appointed, his attorneys then notified the White House counsel's office that a filing was imminent.