Flynn, who was seated next to Putin for the culminating dinner, was also interviewed on national security matters by a RT correspondent.
Flynn reportedly joined the Trump campaign in late Feb 2016 as an informal advisor on foreign policy matters—although his actual start date is not entirely clear.
You flew over to Moscow to participate in the 10th anniversary—a celebration of RT - Russian television. A propaganda arm of the Russian government. And you sat next to Vladimir Putin at a celebratory dinner. Why did you attend that event?
Because I wanted to tell Russia to get Iran the hell out of the four proxy wars that they’re involved in in the Middle East in order for us to settle the situation down … my intent for speaking at that event...was to talk about Russia’s influence over Iran
Isikoff: Were you paid for that event?
Flynn: Yeah, I went over there as a speaking event. It was a speaking event. What difference does that make? Does somebody go, ‘Oh he was paid by the Russians!’?
Unknown at the time, the matter had also captured the attention of another player in the SpyGate saga, dossier author Christopher Steele, who had begun publishing a series of memos beginning on June 20, 2016.
“Kremlin engaging with several high profile US players, including STEIN, PAGE and (former DIA Director Michael Flynn) and funding their recent visits to Moscow"
"S/he named a delegation from Lyndon LAROUCHE; presidential candidate JILL STEIN of the Green Party; TRUMP foreign policy advisor Carter PAGE; and former DIA Director Michael Flynn, in this regard and as successful in terms of perceived outcomes.”
Flynn's name is not capitalized and one case appears within parentheses.
Almost as if his name was suddenly added at the last minute—and by someone other than Steele.
The resulting Sept. 23rd, article from Isikoff was then cited by the FBI as validating Steele’s claims and was featured in both the original FISA application and three subsequent renewals.
On April 26, 2016, Isikoff published a story about Manafort’s business dealings with Oleg Deripaska.
It was later learned from a DNC email leaked by Wikileaks that Isikoff had been working with Alexandra Chalupa.
The obvious question remains.
How did the information on Flynn make its way into the dossier at the time it did, and who provided the information to Steele.
Moreover, the declassification would be in the public interest, and is in the interest of fairness to Lt. General Flynn.”
Perhaps this is correct, but most of this information had previously been made public by Flynn’s attorney and had been reported in multiple news articles.
Politico reported in Feb '17 that the “Pentagon has informed lawmakers that there are no records of former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s 2015 trip to Moscow."
Flynn had resigned just three days prior to the article’s publication.
Question two asked about interactions with RT officials but did not address anything in relation to Flynn obtaining permission to attend the event.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis asked me to respond on his behalf to your February 1, 2017 letter requesting documents pertaining to a possible violation of the Emoluments Clause by retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn
Flynn MAY not have reported the payments but he certainly notified DIA of his pending trip.
On April 25, 2017, Flynn’s lawyer, Robert Kelner, reiterated that Flynn disclosed his Moscow trip to the DIA before he traveled there:
But the focus now shifted to Flynn’s [potential] lack of disclosure on the speaking fees he had received.
“One official said there is no specific question on the relevant form that covers payments for speeches by foreign entities, but another said Flynn was told that any payments in connection with the trip were to be disclosed.”
A lack of verbal acknowledgement of payment seems extremely unlikely.
They simply switched and refined their focus to the matter of payments received by Flynn.
The following day, on April 20th, Chaffetz told KSL Newsradio’s Doug Wright that he might not finish out his term.
Chaffetz formally left Congress on June 30, 2017
The DIA classified briefing given to Grassley on May 25, 2017 came a full month after it was widely known that Flynn had informed the DIA of his Moscow visit.
And why did Mattis deny that request.
But the response from Flynn’s lawyer in April 2017 was already reasonably detailed and specific.
It was then used to cast doubts on Flynn’s ability as Trump’s Security Advisor.
Following Flynn’s resignation it was used as a means to pursue the ongoing collusion narrative.
The sequence of events leading to his resignation were both coordinated and orchestrated with Acting Attorney General Sally Yates playing a leading role.
But that discussion will have to be saved for a separate thread.
With Flynn gone and the Russian narrative firmly established, attention was turned to President Trump’s newly confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
She described how the Obama administration gathered and disseminated intelligence on the Trump team.
A crucial distinction.