Trump adviser sat in on intel briefings while advising foreign clients: report

Trump adviser sat in on intel briefings while advising foreign clients: report
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Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, an adviser to President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBarr criticizes DOJ in speech declaring all agency power 'is invested in the attorney general' Military leaders asked about using heat ray on protesters outside White House: report Powell warns failure to reach COVID-19 deal could 'scar and damage' economy MORE, received classified national security briefings last summer while also running a private consulting firm that offered "all-source intelligence support" to international clients, Yahoo News reports


Flynn, who has reportedly been offered the role of national security adviser in Trump's administration, said his relationship with his company, the Flynn Intel Group, would be "severed" if he returned to government. 

But Flynn began sitting in on briefings for Trump in August while working for foreign clients. 

Those classified national security briefings are provided to the major presidential candidates and their top aides. 

Norm Eisen, who served as President Obama's ethics adviser, called Flynn's conflict "profoundly troubling" and "disqualifying." 

Flynn was reportedly offered a position as national security adviser to Trump on Thursday. 

Flynn has held a number of military roles throughout his career, serving as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and chair of the Military Intelligence Board.

Throughout Trump's campaign, Flynn has also served as a military adviser, giving Trump advice on questions of foreign policy and military strategy.