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The Trump transition team was told Michael Flynn needed to register as a foreign agent

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The Trump transition team was told that Flynn needed to register as a foreign agent before taking office, the Associated Press reported on Friday. This comes after White House press secretary Sean Spicer claimed on Thursday that President Trump was not aware Flynn had previously worked to further the interests of a foreign government.

A White House official said Flynn's personal lawyer contacted Trump transition attorneys before the inauguration about the possible filing. The official said the transition team was not made aware of the filing's details and Flynn's business dealings, and advised his lawyers that it was a personal matter they would need to handle.

These revelations come just days after Michael Flynn and his firm, Flynn Intel Group, Inc., filed paperwork with the Justice Department formally identifying him as a foreign agent.

In the filed paperwork, Flynn and his firm acknowledged that his work for a company owned by a Turkish businessman could have aided Turkey's government.  


In the filed paperwork, Flynn and his firm acknowledged that his work for a company owned by a Turkish businessman could have aided Turkey's government.  


Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday called the action "an affirmation of the president's decision to ask General Flynn to resign." In a later interview with Fox News, Pence added that he too wasn't aware of Flynn's paid work.


Flynn and his company reportedly described more than half a million dollars worth of lobbying before Election Day on behalf of a Dutch-based company owned by Turkish businessman Ekim Alptekin. In an Associated Press interview, Alptekin said Flynn did so after pressure from Justice Department officials.

Spicer said he didn't know what Flynn had disclosed about his background and prior lobbying work during the White House's vetting of him for appointment as national security adviser. He did say, however, that Flynn was free to do the lobbying work because it occurred when he was a private citizen. 

"There's nothing nefarious about doing anything that's legal as long as the proper paperwork if filed," Spicer said.


The Trump transition team was told Michael Flynn needed to register as a foreign agent

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