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Flynn, the former national security adviser, has gone to ground in recent months, invoking fifth amendment protections against self-incrimination to avoid testifying before Congress. Concerns about Flynns contacts with Russia, including a December 2015
dinner in Russia with Vladimir Putin, were relayed by the justice department to the Trump White House within a week of the inauguration, but it was not until details of Flynns contacts with Kislyak and others were leaked to the press that Trump accepted Flynns resignation.
Flynn retroactively registered as a foreign agent this year after working as a consultant in 2016 for a Turkish businessman. Flynn also reportedly took tens of thousands of dollars from Russia-linked companies for speeches and possibly other unspecified services.
Like Kushner, Flynn failed to note his foreign contacts on disclosure forms used to obtain or, in Flynns case, maintain security clearances. Flynn spoke with Pentagon investigators as part of the process. He also later spoke separately with FBI agents about his contacts with the Russian ambassador.
If Flynn was less than frank in any of those legally binding conversations, he may run a risk of prosecution for making false statements, the New York Times
noted. He may also be prosecutable for having taken foreign payments without permission as a retired military officer, for having failed to register as a foreign agent and for having failed to comply with subpoenas.