Flynn's Russian pay went undeclared: White House

Retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn is under scrutiny for his contact with Russian officials in a wider investigation into Russian meddling in last year's US presidential election.
Retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn is under scrutiny for his contact with Russian officials in a wider investigation into Russian meddling in last year's US presidential election. PHOTO: EPA

WASHINGTON • United States President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn failed to disclose payments from a Russian television network and a second firm linked to Russia in a February financial disclosure form, according to documents released by the White House.

In a form signed by Mr Flynn last Friday, the former White House official listed speaking engagements with Russian entities, including the Kremlin-funded RT TV and Volga-Dnepr Airlines.

It does not say how much he was paid but the speeches are in a section titled "sources of compensation exceeding (US)$5,000 (S$7,000) in a year". The speeches were not included in a form that he signed electronically on Feb 11, which the White House also released last Saturday.

The discrepancy could add to Mr Flynn's legal woes. The retired general is under scrutiny for his contact with Russian officials in a wider investigation into Russian meddling in last year's US presidential election.

He has requested immunity if he testifies before the intelligence committees of the Senate and House of Representatives, his lawyer Robert Kelner said last Thursday.

Mr Flynn was forced out on Feb 13 for failing to disclose talks with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about US sanctions on Moscow and for misleading Vice-President Mike Pence about the talks, which occurred before Mr Trump took office.

Congressional committees and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are looking into allegations by US intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the election campaign.

The Kremlin has denied the allegations and the claim that it hacked Democratic groups' e-mails and released information to tip the election towards Mr Trump, who has called for better US relations with Moscow.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 03, 2017, with the headline 'Flynn's Russian pay went undeclared: White House'. Print Edition | Subscribe