An unfinished documentary designed to burnish the image of Turkey provides some insight as to the kind of publicity work Michael Flynn was doing on behalf of the country, The Wall Street Journal reported.
It's also at the center of several investigations into the erstwhile national security adviser.
While Flynn was out campaigning for then-candidate Donald Trump, his associate at the Flynn Intel Group was putting together the pieces of a pro-Turkey documentary, the Journal reported.
A Turkey businessman had paid the Flynn Intel Group $530,000 to help with its image after a failed coup earlier in the year, the Journal reported.
Bijan Kian, Flynn's business partner, hired professionals — including a former CNN anchor to be the face of it — to do a "60 Minutes"— type documentary, all while simultaneously trying to conceal who was behind it.
"Bijan said they did not want to be connected to this in any way," one of those hired told the Journal. "He said: 'We don't want anyone to know the Flynn Intel Group has anything to do with this.'"
The project, though never completed once Flynn took on a role in the White House, is at the center of investigations into Flynn, accused of improperly concealing his business dealings with Turkey — and Russia.
Flynn has been subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee — which he's largely ignoring — and his consulting company was issued subpoenas by a federal court in Virginia. The House Intel Committee also is expected to issue subpoenas to Flynn, too.
Flynn was fired as NSA just 24 days into the job for failing to disclose conversations he had with Russian diplomats to Vice President Mike Pence.
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