© Reuters. National Security Advisor Gen. Michael Flynn (left) arrives to deliver a statement alongside Press Secretary Sean Spicer during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, USA.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump‘s former national security adviser, did not disclose payments from a Russian television network and a second Russia-linked firm in a February financial disclosure form, according to documents released by the White House. Saturday.
In a financial disclosure form signed by Flynn on March 31, the former White House official listed conference commitments with Russian entities, including Kremlin-funded RT TV and Volga-Dnepr Airlines.
The form does not say how much Flynn was paid, but the speeches are in a section titled “sources of compensation exceeding $ 5,000 in one year.”
The speeches were not included in a form that Flynn signed electronically on February 11, which the White House also released on Saturday.
The discrepancy in the statement of income related to Russia could compound Flynn’s legal problems. The retired general, who was forced to resign after just 24 days, is under scrutiny for his contacts with Russian officials in a broader investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
He has requested immunity if he testifies before the intelligence committees of the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, his attorney, Robert Kelner, said Thursday.
Flynn was ousted on February 13 for failing to disclose conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak about US sanctions on Moscow and misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the talks, which occurred before Trump took office.
Trump, a Republican, said in a tweet that Democrats were conducting investigations because they were upset over his Nov. 8 victory over his party’s candidate, Hillary Clinton.
Congressional committees and the FBI are investigating accusations by US intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the election campaign.
The Russian government has denied the allegations and has denied hacking emails from Democratic groups and published information to tilt the election towards Trump, who has called for better US relations with Moscow.
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