Revealed: Mike Flynn hid $200K payments for Middle East nuclear plan before joining White House

Revealed: Mike Flynn hid $200K payments for Middle East nuclear plan before joining White House
Defense Intelligence Agency director, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, delivers his keynote address during the 2012 GEOINT Symposium Oct. 10 here. "The intelligence community is an indispensible element of the military dimension," said Flynn. (U.S. Air Force photo by Susan A. Romano)

Michael Flynn received $200,000 in undisclosed payments for consulting work in the Middle East before joining Donald Trump's administration.

The retired U.S. Army general was paid for his work in 2014 and 2015 on a plan to build 40 nuclear power plants in the Middle East, which never came to fruition but would have involved companies from Canada, France, Russia and the U.S. constructing and managing nuclear plants in Arab nations, reported the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad.

Flynn briefly served as Trump's first national security adviser before he resigned in disgrace for lying to FBI agents about his communications with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and his undisclosed work for the Turkish government.

Robert Mueller's prosecutors filed charges against Flynn, who pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI, but Trump pardoned him in November.

The newly revealed payments to Flynn came from a U.S. firm connected to the project, ACU Strategic Partners, although his relationship to the project had been reported in 2017.

Two U.S. House committees investigated Flynn's involvement in the project, which he had not disclosed before joining the White House, after Newsweek reported he had been repaid between $10,000-$15,000 for travel expenses.

An audit of a Dutch company that specializes in transport revealed the $200,000 payment to Flynn.

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