Dec 02 2017

Trump ally Flynn admits being paid by Turkish government

U.S. President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor Michael Flynn has admitted the Turkish government paid his company $530,000 to lobby its case in Washington, the website Buzzfeed said.

“Officials from the Republic of Turkey had provided supervision and direction” over the work, Flynn’s court filing said.

His work on behalf of Turkey included a Nov. 2016 opinion column that called for the United States to “see the world from Turkey’s perspective” following the July 2016 failed military coup – an attempt he was on record as supporting at the time.

But he also may have subverted the interests of the United States on behalf of his client.

“In one case, Flynn halted a military operation against ISIS (Islamic State) that would have partnered the U.S. with Kurdish forces that Turkey considers a terrorist faction,” Buzzfeed said.

Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about meetings with the Russian ambassador weeks before Trump was inaugurated as president.