Trump’s disgraced National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has recently updated a public disclosure form to include a new source of income and consulting services that he had forgotten to report. The amendment includes some payments the Trump team did during the transition period and a short advisory project Flynn had with a firm that is associated with a shady data mining firm hired by the Trump campaign.
Flynn Tied to Controversial Data Mining Firm
A person familiar with the matter told the press Thursday that Flynn was updating the disclosure to include a brief business association with the Virginia-based SCL Group, which is connected to the data firm Cambridge Analytica, whom the Trump campaign hired last year.
The source, who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity said the retired army general did not receive any payments or perform any work for the SCL Group. The person added that Flynn ended the association with the said company days after Trump won the election.
Cambridge Analytica is very controversial as it received funds from a hedge fund manager that has backed other right wing candidates or conservative campaigns. The firm was also behind the successful campaign to exit the European Union in the U.K. Before joining the Trump campaign, the White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon sat on the executive board of the data mining firm.
Democratic Lawmakers Want the Firm Scrutinized
Cambridge Analytica has been criticized by Democrats, and many lawmakers want the firm to be included in the ongoing investigations into the Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.
Flynn updated the disclosure months after being sacked from the White House for lying to the Vice President about a secret meeting he had with a Russian diplomat in December. The report comes in the midst of an investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into the Trump campaign ties to the Russian government.
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