According to several news outlets, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn underreported more than $150,000 in 2016 income on his initial personal financial disclosure form filed with the White House, including a financial relationship with Russian propaganda outlet RT.
Times reports that Flynn, who was forced to resign from his post on Feb. 13 over his contacts with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, filed his initial required disclosure form just two days before his departure from the White House.
According to the report, the initial form did not include more than $150,000 earned from 12 speaking engagements in 2016, including $10,000 for an October 2016 engagement for Ibrahim Kurtulus, who is linked to Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
A revised form was filed with the White House Counsel’s Office on March 31, the same day the Administration made public disclosure forms for its senior employees.
Last month, the Justice Department registered Flynn as a foreign agent for work conducted on behalf of the Turkish government in the run-up to the November presidential election. The White House was not aware of Flynn’s relationship with Inovo, the firm that hired him to promote Turkey in the U.S.
Flynn’s initial filing also failed to disclose some of the sources of his earnings greater than $5,000 during the 2015 and 2016 calendar years, as required, Times noted. That included a speaking engagement for RT, the Russian-backed network which paid him more than $30,000 in 2015. Flynn attended RT’s 10th-anniversary gala that year, at which he was seated with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In both instances, the updated form released Friday accurately reflected Flynn’s true earnings. When he submitted the initial form, Flynn certified that his representations on the form were “true, complete and correct to the best of my knowledge.”