Trump transition knew Flynn might register as foreign agent

  • Trump transition knew Flynn might register as foreign agent

Trump transition knew Flynn might register as foreign agent

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said he didn't believe it was known that Michael Flynn, who had to resign as Donald Trump's National Security Adviser due to undisclosed contacts with Russian Federation that he lied about, was also working as a foreign agent for Turkey during the campaign, while he served as a top adviser to Donald Trump.

Flynn's consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, was working for Inovo BV, a Dutch consulting firm owned by a Turkish businessman with ties to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to multiple reports.

According to the Foreign Agent Registration Act, U.S. citizens who lobby on behalf of foreign government or political entities must disclose their work to the Justice Department.

After resigning his post amidst evidence he had misled the vice president about contacts with Russian officials, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is back in the news with a new controversy, and it turns out his foreign ties run deeper than Russia.

Again, unfortunately, Vice President Mike Pence also denied Thursday having any knowledge of Flynn's lobbying work - which is odd considering he was the head of the transition team. He also wrote an op-ed calling for the U.S.to kick out an anti-government Turkish cleric without disclosing he was being paid for the task. Flynn met with Turkish officials less than two months after the election.

Alptekin says nobody remotely linked to the government of Turkey knew about Gen. Flynn's article in advance and he was not consulted about it either. "I've never lobbied or contracted lobbyists on behalf of the Turkish government", Alptekin told Daily Sabah.

But documents filed this week by Flynn with the Department of Justice paint a different picture. The retired general had established himself as a proud Islamophobe - one who believed that "fear of Muslims is rational", and that Democrats had tried to impose Sharia law on the state of Florida.

During the period Flynn's company was receiving payment, he was working as Donald Trump's top campaign adviser on matters of national security.

Alptekin told the AP he set up the meeting at a NY hotel between Flynn and the two officials while the officials were attending United Nations sessions and a separate conference Alptekin had arranged. In fact, one would have thought that the campaign would have vetted Flynn earlier than that, especially given some of the issues surrounding other early Trump campaign figures like Paul Manafort.

Yet questions surrounding Flynn's links to Turkey first popped up as early as a year ago - prior to his appointment - raising questions about the quality of vetting of top Trump officials, and adding to the controversy surrounding the administration's ties to foreign governments. The firm doesn't believe Inovo shared information regarding the op-ed with the Turkish government.