Trump Recycles Campaign Fodder To Distract From Russia

Cheryl Sanders
April 4, 2017

But Spicer, in contrast to weeks of outrage he has expressed from the White House podium, said he would not comment on a new report that Susan E. Rice, President Barack Obama's national security adviser, had requested that the intelligence community provide her with names of Trump associates whose conversations with foreigners were incidentally intercepted.

The new disclosures show that Flynn declared more than $827,000 from his work for the Flynn Intel Group, a consulting firm that he and partners set up in 2015.

Flynn's Justice Department filing last month raised questions when it revealed that Flynn's firm worked on behalf of a Turkish-owned company, Inovo BV, to improve United States confidence in Turkey's business climate. He filed an amended disclosure last week reporting payments for speeches from three Russian-linked companies, including the state-backed news outlet RT.

"He filed a draft form explicitly listing his speakers bureau contract, and he expected to engage in the usual process of consultations with the White House Counsel's Office and OGE (Office of Government Ethics) regarding what he was expected to disclose".

The form that does disclose the paid speeches was signed by Flynn and dated March 31, the day before the forms were released to members of the public and after news broke that Flynn requested immunity in exchange for cooperating with investigations.

The White House released two filings for Flynn on Saturday.

"They need to be shared with both full committees", he said, referring to the House and Senate intelligence committees, which are both investigating possible ties between Russian Federation and associates of President Trump.

Nunes also disputed that Flynn had requested immunity in order to testify, saying he did not read the statement from Flynn's lawyer that way. "When the White House contacted him this week, and asked him to complete the process, he did so", Kelner said. The California Democrat also implied the White House's own presentation to him made him believe the White House might be trying to use the documents to bolster Trump's wiretapping allegations and distract attention from the Russian Federation investigations.

Flynn declared last month in a filing with the Justice Department that his company's lobbying for a Dutch-based firm owned by a Turkish businessman "could be construed to have principally benefited the Republic of Turkey". Flynn's client, Ekim Alptekin, told The Associated Press that the decision to file as a foreign agent had come under pressure from Justice Department officials.

The Daily Caller reported that Flynn met with Kurtulus and another activist, Hilal Mutlu, a cousin of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that same month.

The second disclosure does not list the exact amounts he received for the speeches but indicated that Flynn received more than $5,000 from RT.

The disclosure forms show Flynn made as much as $1.5 million past year. Chaffetz said he was skeptical of an immunity deal with Flynn. He also had a line of credit between $15,000 and $50,000, the filing shows. On his new disclosure, Flynn said only that he personally earned compensation in excess of $5,000 from Inovo BV.

Flynn's amended filing included a dollar figure for an October speaking engagement paid for by Ibrahim Kurtulus, a former official with the Assembly of Turkish American Associations, a US -based nonprofit.

Flynn first acknowledged in a July interview with Yahoo that he had been paid for the December 2015 RT event in Moscow, where the retired Army lieutenant general sat with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a celebration for the network. Flynn was also paid $10,000 for a speech to the National Center for Policy Analysis, a nonprofit think tank promoting libertarian ideals.

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