For months, Trump has been defending his former National Security Adviser, but it looks like he’s going to have to stop that nonsense because the House committee tasked with investigating Michael Flynn and his ties to Russia have uncovered shocking details. Not only was Flynn in contact with Russia — he was on their payroll.
According to documents obtained by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Thursday, Flynn was paid almost $60,000 to appear with Putin and do work for two Russian firms, one of which had been previously blacklisted by the Pentagon as “unsuitable.” And he did ALL of these things while he had top-secret-level security clearance.
Russia Today paid Flynn $34,000 to appear with Putin during a gala celebrating the 10th anniversary of the state-sponsored news agency in December of 2o15, which was just two short months before he began advising Donald Trump’s campaign. After he began working with Trump, Flynn and his company Leading Authorities were paid $11,250 to work with Russia’s top cyber-security firm, Kaspersky and received another $11,250 to work with Russian charter cargo airline Volga-Dnepr Airlines, which is the company blacklisted by the Pentagon.
Seem shady? That’s because it is.
Kaspersky Lab happens to be a subsidiary of a Russian company that specializes in finding Western government spyware. This is crucial to the investigation into the DNC hackings, because a company like this is certainly capable of doing that, which puts Flynn and Trump himself, smack in the middle of the entire case. It’s also very telling of Flynn’s character in general that he would work with companies that specialize in going after governments such as ours and our NATO allies.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, wrote in a letter to Donald Trump on Thursday:
I cannot 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.
I also cannot 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.”
There is no word yet as to what Trump’s response will be but he can’t blame “fake news” or the “unfair media” for this. Regardless, it will be interesting to see how he and his staff try to weasel their way out of this one.
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