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Congressman demands to know whether Trump knew Flynn took Russian Federation money

Congressman demands to know whether Trump knew Flynn took Russian Federation money

In the 24 pages of assorted 2015 emails and documents voluntarily handed over to the House Oversight Committee by Leading Authorities, RT did not mention that the December 10, 2015 conference and dinner in Moscow celebrating the Russian network's 10th anniversary would be broadcast on television worldwide or that the star speaker - within arm's reach of Flynn in a video of the televised event - would be Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, released checks, emails and invoices that showed Flynn was paid nearly $34,000 to attend the event by RT.

In addition, Flynn received two $11,250 payments, one from the USA subsidiary of a Russian cybersecurity firm and another from Volga-Dnepr Airlines, a Russian carrier that runs charter flights.

As for Flynn, in the past he had acknowledged being paid a speakers fee by RT, but had declined to discuss the amount and said it came from his speakers bureau.

This month, Flynn filed paperwork indicating that he had been a foreign agent during the months when he was a top adviser to Trump's campaign.

Last week, it was revealed that Flynn also was lobbying for a Turkish firm late previous year, earning $530,000.

Because the television network RT is controlled and subsidized by the Russian government, Flynn's decision to accept payment from them may violate the Constitution's emoluments clause, which prohibits retired military officers among other government personnel from accepting "consulting fees, gifts, travel expenses, honoraria or salary" from foreign governments.

-Maryland sent a letter Thursday to President Trump, FBI Director James Comey, and Defense Secretary James Mattis that accused Flynn of "violating the Constitution ... by accepting tens of thousands of dollars from an agent of a global adversary that attacked our democracy". The payments include previously reported disbursements from the Kremlin-backed RT network, as well as from two separate Russian companies, and are likely to renew questions about the Trump campaign's friendliness toward Russia.

Since then, federal investigators and lawmakers have been poring over documents compiled by the US intelligence community, which concluded that Russian Federation meddled in the election to help Trump defeat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent.

House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cumming, D.

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One invoice form dating back to 2015 shows payments to Flynn made by three Russian entities: $33,750 from state-sponsored news source RT TV, $11,250 from Volga-Dnepr Airlines and $11,250 from Kaspersky Government Security Solutions, Inc.

Flynn resigned as Trump's national security adviser in February, amid controversy over his characterization of discussions he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December.

Flynn did not respond to a request for comment, Yahoo said.

"As a private company, Kaspersky Lab has no ties to any government, but the company is proud to collaborate with the authorities of many countries, as well as worldwide law enforcement agencies in the fight against cybercrime", she said.

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