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Flynn retroactively registers as a foreign agent for lobbying work

Flynn retroactively registers as a foreign agent for lobbying work

Mr Flynn registered this week with the Justice Department, identifying his firm, Flynn Intel Group Inc, and that he worked for a Turkish company that could have helped the government.

Flynn, who resigned from his job for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about phone conversations he has with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., has since been found to have been paid around $530,000 (£435,000) lobbying for a company owned by a Turkish businessman that could have aided Turkey's government. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday called the action "an affirmation of the president's decision to ask General Flynn to resign".

Among those told of Flynn's lobbying work that may have benefited the government of Turkey was Don McGahn, Trump's campaign lawyer who served in the transition and later became White House counsel, said the person, who was not authorized to describe confidential conversations and spoke on condition of anonymity.

And Mr Pence seemed less forgiving than Mr Spicer. Flynn's company did not name the officials, but the current Turkish energy minister is Berat Albayrak, who is Erdogan's son-in-law.

Or more specifically, from August through November of past year - when Flynn was also a trusted member of Donald Trump's inner circle at the height of the US presidential campaign. FIG also held weekly calls with Inovo to report its progress, and even met with Turkish officials in NY on September 19 - officials who were introduced to the lobbying firm by Alptekin.

But Alptekin told Associated Press he disagreed with Flynn's decision to file the registration documents, saying it was borne out of "political pressure" from the Department of Justice in recent weeks. I know that, from what I have read, that he has filed the appropriate forms with the Department of Justice, and I think you should ask him and subsequently them if you have any questions about this specific filing.


According to the paperwork filed, Flynn's firm's work involved collecting information about cleric Fethellah Gulen and pressuring US officials to take action against him.

"The primary bone of contention between the USA and Turkey is Fethullah Gülen, a shady Islamic mullah residing in Pennsylvania whom former President Clinton once called his "friend" in a well circulated video", Flynn wrote. Four months after cheering an attempt on Erdogan's life, the Trump campaign surrogate criticized the Obama administration for keeping the Turkish president "at arms' length" - and demanded that the USA extradite the man Erdogan blamed for the coup, Fethullah Gülen, who resides in Pennsylvania.

But in an op-ed published on Election Day, Flynn struck a radically different note.

Flynn Intel Group's work for Inovo netted the firm $535,000.

McGahn handling the matter would have been "like the government going through your taxes and telling you what you can deduct", Spicer said.

The White House insists that they knew nothing of Flynn's work, but that raises the question - why not?


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