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Documents: Flynn paid thousands by Russian interests

Gen. Michael Flynn, former national security advisor, was paid by the Russian government, documents revealed Thursday suggest. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Gen. Michael Flynn, former national security advisor, was paid by the Russian government, documents revealed Thursday suggest. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(RNN) - The House Oversight Committee Democrats released documents Thursday indicating that fired National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn was paid thousands by arms of the Russian government.

The payments allegedly include $33,000 in November 2015 from Russia Today, known as RT, which is considered by intelligence officials as a propaganda arm of the Russian government, part of the $45,000 he was paid participate in a Moscow gala featuring Russian President Vladimir Putin in December 2015.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has sent a letter to the Trump administration inquiring whether Flynn disclosed these payments as part of his vetting process.

"I cannot recall any time in our nation's history when the president selected as his national security adviser someone who violated the Constitution by accepting tens of thousands of dollars from an agent of a global adversary that attacked our democracy," Cummings said in the letter, referencing the furor over Russia's possible role in election-related hacking.

Flynn was fired Feb. 13 after his communications with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kisylak late last year came to light. He was said to have discussed U.S. sanctions with Russia while President Obama was still in office. 

The administration faulted him for giving incomplete information to Vice President Mike Pence, and Trump asked him to resign, though President Trump bemoaned Flynn's loss publicly.

"He’s been treated very, very unfairly by the media - as I call it, the fake media, in many cases," Trump said Feb 15. in a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington. "I think it’s really a sad thing that he’s been treated so badly."

Last week, it was revealed that Flynn also was lobbying for a Turkish firm late last year, earning $530,000. An attorney for Flynn revealed that before Trump's inauguration, the transition team was informed that Flynn was considering filing as a foreign agent with the Department of Justice to comply with the Foreign Agent Registration Act.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions also came under fire earlier this month for his meetings with Kisylak during the campaign, seemingly contradicting his testimony under oath to the Senate.

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