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Former national security adviser Michael Flynn reported payments of at least $5,000 for a speaking engagement with the Kremlin-funded English language network RT, new documents released Saturday by the White House show, though Flynn didn’t originally include the payment when he first filed his ethics forms in January.
That RT payment and two others from companies with Russian ties — for U.S.-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 on Friday, more than a month after he stepped down from his top post under President Donald Trump.
The disclosures were part of a more comprehensive recounting of his private-sector work and assets that the White House asked for only this week — long after the retired Army general was tapped to be Trump’s national security chief and his subsequent ousting amid controversy over how forthcoming he was with Vice President Mike Pence and other senior aides over his pre-inauguration communications with the Russian ambassador.
“He disclosed the speaker bureau arrangement [in January] and when asked to update the form with specific speaking events he did so,” Flynn’s attorney Robert Kelner told POLITICO on Saturday.