Flynn fails to disclose payments from Russia-linked entities

Indo Asian News Service

Washington, April 2 (IANS) Former US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has failed to list payments from Russia-linked entities on the first of two financial disclosure forms released by President Donald Trump's administration, a media report said.

The first form, which he signed in February before he resigned, does not directly mention a paid speech he gave in Moscow, as well as other payments from companies linked to Russia, the New York Times said in the report citing the disclosure forms released on Saturday.

The second, an amended version, lists the names of the companies that made the payments under a section for any non-government compensation that exceeds $5,000 "in a year".

That list appears to include all of the work that Flynn, a retired three-star Army general, has done since leaving the military in 2014, without providing compensation figures for any of it.

No reason was given for the discrepancy between the two forms.

The Russia-linked payments were detailed in a letter released in March by congressional investigators, and included a $45,000 speaking fee from RT news network, for a speech in 2015 in Moscow.

During the same trip, Flynn attended the network's lavish anniversary dinner and was photographed sitting near Russian President Vladimir Putin.

However, the disclosure forms showed income of nearly $1.5 million, a sizable amount for a man who left the military less than three years ago, the New York Times reported.

Flynn reported an income of $1.37 million to $1.47 million. The bulk -- $827,055 -- came from the Flynn Intel Group, the consulting business he founded after being pushed out as the chief of the Defence Intelligence Agency in 2014.

The rest included speaking fees and income earned for doing consulting work and sitting on corporate boards, such as that of Adobe Systems, which paid him $125,250.