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Story 1: St. Valentines Day Massacre of Trump’s National Security Adviser Flynn By Political Elitist Establishment’s Turnkey Tyranny —  State Secret Spying & Surveillance — National Security Agency’s and Justice Department Leakers Broke The Law — Videos 

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A Washington Post report claims National Security Advisor Michael Flynn spoke with the Russian ambassador about U.S. sanctions before Trump’s election and may have misled Vice President Mike Pence about the calls. The Washington Post’s James Hohmann joins CBSN with more.

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DEVELOPING! Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn will be National Security Adviser

Published on Nov 19, 2016

Michael Thomas “Mike” Flynn (born December 1958) is a retired United States Army lieutenant general who served as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, and chair of the Military Intelligence Board from July 24, 2012, to August 2, 2014. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Director of National Intelligence. Flynn co-authored a report in January 2010 through the Center for a New American Security entitled Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan

Flynn’s military career was primarily operational, with numerous combat arms, conventional and special operations senior intelligence assignments. He also served as the senior intelligence officer for the Joint Special Operations Command. Flynn is a published author, with articles appearing in Small Wars Journal, Military Review, Joint Forces Quarterly and other military and intelligence publications.

In May 2016, he emerged as one of several leading possibilities to be the vice presidential running mate for Republican nominee Donald Trump. Flynn was not chosen as Trump’s running mate; the vice presidential pick was ultimately Indiana Governor Mike Pence. At the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, Flynn delivered what the Los Angeles Times called a “fiery speech”.

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The Political Assassination of Michael Flynn

FEB 14, 2017 10:09 AM EST

By Eli Lake

If we are to believe the Trump White House, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn just resigned because he lied about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the vice president. As White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway told NBC’s “Today Show” on Tuesday: “Misleading the vice president really was the key here.”

That sounds about as credible as when the president told CIA employees that the media had invented the story about his enmity toward the spy agency, not even two weeks after he had taken to Twitter to compare the CIA to Nazis. It’s about as credible as President Donald Trump’s insistence that it didn’t rain during his inauguration. Or that millions of people had voted illegally in the election he just won.

The point here is that for a White House that has such a casual and opportunistic relationship with the truth, it’s strange that Flynn’s “lie” to Pence would get him fired. It doesn’t add up.

It’s not even clear that Flynn lied. He says in his resignation letter that he did not deliberately leave out elements of his conversations with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak when he recounted them to Vice President Mike Pence. The New York Times and Washington Post reported that the transcript of the phone call reviewed over the weekend by the White House could be read different ways. One White House official with knowledge of the conversations told me that the Russian ambassador raised the sanctions to Flynn and that Flynn responded that the Trump team would be taking office in a few weeks and would review Russia policy and sanctions. That’s neither illegal nor improper.

What’s more, the Washington Post reported Monday night that last month Sally Yates, then the acting attorney general, had informed the White House that Flynn discussed sanctions with Kislyak and that he could be susceptible to blackmail because he misled Pence about it. If it was the lie to Pence that sunk Flynn, why was he not fired at the end of January?

A better explanation here is that Flynn was just thrown under the bus. His tenure as national security adviser, the briefest in U.S. history, was rocky from the start. When Flynn was attacked in the media for his ties to Russia, he was not allowed by the White House to defend himself. Over the weekend, he was instructed not to speak to the press when he was in the fight for his political life. His staff was not even allowed to review the transcripts of his call to the Russian ambassador.

There is another component to this story as well — as Trump himself just tweeted. It’s very rare that reporters are ever told about government-monitored communications of U.S. citizens, let alone senior U.S. officials. The last story like this to hit Washington was in 2009 when Jeff Stein, then of CQ, reported on intercepted phone calls between a senior Aipac lobbyist and Jane Harman, who at the time was a Democratic member of Congress.

Normally intercepts of U.S. officials and citizens are some of the most tightly held government secrets. This is for good reason. Selectively disclosing details of private conversations monitored by the FBI or NSA gives the permanent state the power to destroy reputations from the cloak of anonymity. This is what police states do.

In the past it was considered scandalous for senior U.S. officials to even request the identities of U.S. officials incidentally monitored by the government (normally they are redacted from intelligence reports). John Bolton’s nomination to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations was derailed in 2006 after the NSA confirmed he had made 10 such requests when he was Undersecretary of State for Arms Control in George W. Bush’s first term. The fact that the intercepts of Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak appear to have been widely distributed inside the government is a red flag.

Representative Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told me Monday that he saw the leaks about Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak as part of a pattern. “There does appear to be a well orchestrated effort to attack Flynn and others in the administration,” he said. “From the leaking of phone calls between the president and foreign leaders to what appears to be high-level FISA Court information, to the leaking of American citizens being denied security clearances, it looks like a pattern.”

Nunes said he was going to bring this up with the FBI, and ask the agency to investigate the leak and find out whether Flynn himself is a target of a law enforcement investigation. The Washington Post reported last month that Flynn was not the target of an FBI probe.

The background here is important. Three people once affiliated with Trump’s presidential campaign — Carter Page, Paul Manafort and Roger Stone — are being investigated by the FBI and the intelligence community for their contacts with the Russian government. This is part of a wider inquiry into Russia’s role in hacking and distributing emails of leading Democrats before the election.

Flynn himself traveled in 2015 to Russia to attend a conference put on by the country’s propaganda network, RT. He has acknowledged he was paid through his speaker’s bureau for his appearance. That doesn’t look good, but it’s also not illegal in and of itself. All of this is to say there are many unanswered questions about Trump’s and his administration’s ties to Russia.

But that’s all these allegations are at this point: unanswered questions. It’s possible that Flynn has more ties to Russia that he had kept from the public and his colleagues. It’s also possible that a group of national security bureaucrats and former Obama officials are selectively leaking highly sensitive law enforcement information to undermine the elected government.

Flynn was a fat target for the national security state. He has cultivated a reputation as a reformer and a fierce critic of the intelligence community leaders he once served with when he was the director the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama. Flynn was working to reform the intelligence-industrial complex, something that threatened the bureaucratic prerogatives of his rivals.

He was also a fat target for Democrats. Remember Flynn’s breakout national moment last summer was when he joined the crowd at the Republican National Convention from the dais calling for Hillary Clinton to be jailed.

In normal times, the idea that U.S. officials entrusted with our most sensitive secrets would selectively disclose them to undermine the White House would alarm those worried about creeping authoritarianism. Imagine if intercepts of a call between Obama’s incoming national security adviser and Iran’s foreign minister leaked to the press before the nuclear negotiations began? The howls of indignation would be deafening.

In the end, it was Trump’s decision to cut Flynn loose. In doing this he caved in to his political and bureaucratic opposition. Nunes told me Monday night that this will not end well. “First it’s Flynn, next it will be Kellyanne Conway, then it will be Steve Bannon, then it will be Reince Priebus,” he said. Put another way, Flynn is only the appetizer. Trump is the entree.

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-02-14/the-political-assassination-of-michael-flynn

Former Obama Officials, Loyalists Waged Secret Campaign to Oust Flynn

Sources: Former Obama officials, loyalists planted series of stories to discredit Flynn, bolster Iran deal

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BY: Adam Kredo
February 14, 2017 3:26 pm

The abrupt resignation Monday evening of White House national security adviser Michael Flynn is the culmination of a secret, months-long campaign by former Obama administration confidantes to handicap President Donald Trump’s national security apparatus and preserve the nuclear deal with Iran, according to multiple sources in and out of the White House who described to the Washington Free Beacon a behind-the-scenes effort by these officials to plant a series of damaging stories about Flynn in the national media.

The effort, said to include former Obama administration adviser Ben Rhodes—the architect of a separate White House effort to create what he described as a pro-Iran echo chamber—included a small task force of Obama loyalists who deluged media outlets with stories aimed at eroding Flynn’s credibility, multiple sources revealed.

The operation primarily focused on discrediting Flynn, an opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, in order to handicap the Trump administration’s efforts to disclose secret details of the nuclear deal with Iran that had been long hidden by the Obama administration.

Insiders familiar with the anti-Flynn campaign told the Free Beacon that these Obama loyalists plotted in the months before Trump’s inauguration to establish a set of roadblocks before Trump’s national security team, which includes several prominent opponents of diplomacy with Iran. The Free Beacon first reported on this effort in January.

Sources who spoke to the Free Beacon requested anonymity in order to speak freely about the situation and avoid interfering with the White House’s official narrative about Flynn, which centers on his failure to adequately inform the president about a series of phone calls with Russian officials.

Flynn took credit for his missteps regarding these phone calls in a brief statement released late Monday evening. Trump administration officials subsequently stated that Flynn’s efforts to mislead the president and vice president about his contacts with Russia could not be tolerated.

However, multiple sources closely involved in the situation pointed to a larger, more secretive campaign aimed at discrediting Flynn and undermining the Trump White House.

“It’s undeniable that the campaign to discredit Flynn was well underway before Inauguration Day, with a very troublesome and politicized series of leaks designed to undermine him,” said one veteran national security adviser with close ties to the White House team. “This pattern reminds me of the lead up to the Iran deal, and probably features the same cast of characters.”

The Free Beacon first reported in January that, until its final days in office, the Obama administration hosted several pro-Iran voices who were critical in helping to mislead the American public about the terms of the nuclear agreement. This included a former Iranian government official and the head of the National Iranian American Council, or NIAC, which has been accused of serving as Iran’s mouthpiece in Washington, D.C.

Since then, top members of the Obama administration’s national security team have launched a communications infrastructure after they left the White House, and have told reporters they are using that infrastructure to undermine Trump’s foreign policy.

“It’s actually Ben Rhodes, NIAC, and the Iranian mullahs who are celebrating today,” said one veteran foreign policy insider who is close to Flynn and the White House. “They know that the number one target is Iran … [and] they all knew their little sacred agreement with Iran was going to go off the books. So they got rid of Flynn before any of the [secret] agreements even surfaced.”

Flynn had been preparing to publicize many of the details about the nuclear deal that had been intentionally hidden by the Obama administration as part of its effort to garner support for the deal, these sources said.

Flynn is now “gone before anybody can see what happened” with these secret agreements, said the second insider close to Flynn and the White House.

Sources in and out of the White House are concerned that the campaign against Flynn will be extended to other prominent figures in the Trump administration.

One senior White House official told the Free Beacon that leaks targeting the former official were “not the result of a series of random events.”

“The drumbeat of leaks of sensitive material related to General Flynn has been building since he was named to his position,” said the official, who is a member of the White House’s National Security Council. “Last night was not the result of a series of random events. The president has lost a valuable adviser and we need to make sure this sort of thing does not happen again.”

Other sources expressed concern that public trust in the intelligence community would be eroded by the actions of employees with anti-Trump agendas.

“The larger issue that should trouble the American people is the far-reaching power of unknown, unelected apparatchiks in the Intelligence Community deciding for themselves both who serves in government and what is an acceptable policy they will allow the elected representatives of the people to pursue,” said the national security adviser quoted above.

“Put aside the issue of Flynn himself; that nameless, faceless bureaucrats were able to take out a president’s national security adviser based on a campaign of innuendo without evidence should worry every American,” the source explained.

Eli Lake, a Bloomberg View columnist and veteran national security reporter well sourced in the White House, told the Free Beacon that Flynn earned a reputation in the Obama administration as one of its top detractors.

“Michael Flynn was one of the Obama administration’s fiercest critics after he was forced out of the Defense Intelligence Agency,” said Lake, who described “the political assassination of Michael Flynn” in his column published early Tuesday.

“[Flynn] was a withering critic of Obama’s biggest foreign policy initiative, the Iran deal,” Lake said. “He also publicly accused the administration of keeping classified documents found in the Osama bin Laden raid that showed Iran’s close relationship with al Qaeda. He was a thorn in their side.”

Lake noted in his column that he does not buy fully the White House’s official spin on Flynn’s resignation.

“For a White House that has such a casual and opportunistic relationship with the truth, it’s strange that Flynn’s ‘lie’ to Pence would get him fired,” Lake wrote. “It doesn’t add up.”

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stated in his daily briefing that “the evolving and eroding level of trust as a result of this situation and a series of other questionable incidents is what led the president to ask General Flynn for his resignation.”

A third source who serves as a congressional adviser and was involved in the 2015 fight over the Iran deal told the Free Beacon that the Obama administration feared that Flynn would expose the secret agreements with Iran.

“The Obama administration knew that Flynn was going to release the secret documents around the Iran deal, which would blow up their myth that it was a good deal that rolled back Iran,” the source said. “So in December the Obama NSC started going to work with their favorite reporters, selectively leaking damaging and incomplete information about Flynn.”

“After Trump was inaugurated some of those people stayed in and some began working from the outside, and they cooperated to keep undermining Trump,” the source said, detailing a series of leaks from within the White House in the past weeks targeting Flynn. “Last night’s resignation was their first major win, but unless the Trump people get serious about cleaning house, it won’t be the last.”

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/former-obama-officials-loyalists-waged-campaign-oust-flynn/

 

TRUMP: The ‘real story’ to emerge from Flynn resignation is ‘illegal leaks’ to media

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US President Donald J. Trump. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning assailed government officials who anonymously leaked information about Michael Flynn to the media, his first public comments since the embattled national security adviser resigned from his post on Monday.

“The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?” Trump said on Twitter.

Flynn resigned as national security adviser on Monday night after just 24 days on the job, the shortest tenure anyone has ever served in the role. The resignation came amid an uproar over talks he had had with a Russian diplomat, the content of which he didn’t fully disclose to the administration, and followed a Washington Post report that said the White House was warned that he could be vulnerable to blackmail.

Newspapers such as The Post and The New York Times relied on unnamed government sources to shed light on what was taking place behind the scenes in the Trump White House, reportedly angering Trump and prompting him to lash out on Twitter against leakers.

The president’s sentiment about leakers echoed a narrative that has started to play out in media outlets friendly to him.

The website Breitbart, whose former chairman, Steve Bannon, now serves as the White House chief strategist, credited leakers in part for the resignation and said it “suggests that someone with access to that information also has a political axe to grind.”

“Every story about Flynn published over the weekend, or on Monday, contains multiple anonymous sources, some of which flatly contradict other anonymous sources,” another Breitbart story said. “That state of affairs will itself become an enduring narrative about the Trump White House if it doesn’t bring the leaks under control.”

The narrative was similar on Fox News. The outlet ran a story questioning why information was leaked to the media, and Laura Ingraham, a conservative talk-show host and Trump supporter,said on the network that Flynn’s resignation “really was the death by a thousand leaks.”

The Post reported on Monday that Trump ordered an internal investigation to determine who was leaking information to the media.

http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-leaks-white-house-administration-2017-2

Mike Flynn Is First Casualty of Turmoil in Trump Administration

Senior ranks of the administration are creating headlines of their own as they jockey for power and influence with the president

Former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, shown last week, resigned on Monday.

Former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, shown last week, resigned on Monday. PHOTO: CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS

WASHINGTON—Dining at his oceanside resort in Florida on Friday, President Donald Trump was surprised to learn that national security adviser Mike Flynn was sitting at a nearby table, a person familiar with the event said.

“What is he doing here?” the president said, describing the man who was once at the center of his political orbit as “very controversial.”

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The moment epitomizes how quickly fortunes can change amid the chaos that has defined the opening act of Mr. Trump’s presidency. In just a few weeks, the nascent administration is being weighed down from within, sidetracked by dishonesty and potential ethical lapses as well as attacks from his own supporters and fellow Republicans.

Mr. Flynn on Monday became the first casualty of that chaos, resigning as head of the National Security Council after he lost the president’s trust by failing to fully disclose his conversations with Russian officials to senior White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence.

“It’s a dysfunctional White House, and nobody knows who’s in charge,” Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) told reporters on Tuesday.

Several congressional committees are investigating the possible role that Russia played in the 2016 elections. In addition, the Republican-run House Oversight Committee has begun examining issues related to conflicts of interest and protection of classified information in the new White House.

The administration’s senior ranks are creating headlines of their own as they jockey for power and influence with the president.

Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser, faces calls for an ethics investigation and possible disciplinary action. The Office of Government Ethics wrote to the White House on Tuesday that there was “strong reason” to believe Ms. Conway violated ethics rules for endorsing the product line of Mr. Trump’s daughter during a television interview.

Ms. Conway also appeared to be out of the loop, going on television Monday to declare that the president had “full confidence” in Mr. Flynn only to be contradicted within the hour by press secretary Sean Spicer, who said the president was still evaluating the national security adviser’s status.

Chief of Staff Reince Priebus also found himself with unwanted attention when Newsmax Chief Executive Christopher Ruddy, one of the president’s friends and a member of the Mar-a-lago oceanside resort, on Sunday talk shows expressed frustration with Mr. Priebus’s performance. Messrs. Priebus and Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and top adviser, later called Mr. Ruddy and briefed him on plans to improve communications going forward. The media executive now has reversed his opinion of the White House team.

Still, Mr. Priebus has other detractors.

“Reince Priebus walked Mike Flynn to the gallows,” Roger Stone, a former political adviser for Mr. Trump, said on Tuesday, calling it a “Pearl Harbor moment” for Trump supporters. “Trump loyalists are fed up with Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer whose loyalties are to the Republican National Committee, and not to the president.”

But even for a White House that has been in nearly constant damage control, Mr. Flynn was a consistent flashpoint.

Reince Priebus walked Mike Flynn to the gallows.

—Roger Stone, a former political adviser for Donald Trump

Two days before Mr. Trump’s inauguration, Mr. Kushner and senior adviser Steve Bannon took a red-eye flight from New York to Washington to ease concerns about Mr. Flynn from incoming cabinet members, including eventual Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

The administration later installed Keith Kellogg as Mr. Flynn’s staff chief and elevated the role of homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, to give him equal sway inside the White House as Mr. Flynn.

On Tuesday, Mr. Kellogg, who was named interim national security adviser following Mr. Flynn’s resignation, led an all-hands meeting of National Security Council staff. The message was direct and simple, said one attendee: Keep working hard, and please, don’t quit.

Mr. Flynn’s resignation surprised Japanese officials, who said the adviser was key in orchestrating the Trump administration’s fledgling relationship with Tokyo. Mr. Flynn had attended “nearly all of the events” during Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Washington and Florida last week, officials said.

He sat in on the meeting between Messrs. Trump and Abe at the White House on Friday, and, at Mar-a-Lago, was involved in drafting statements to condemn North Korea’s launching of a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan over the weekend.

Mr. Flynn loomed large in the country’s bilateral interactions with Japan, due in part to the fact that Mr. Tillerson hadn’t yet been confirmed, officials said. Mr. Flynn visited Tokyo and was the only attendee at Mr. Trump’s November meeting with Mr. Abe at Trump Tower, after an initial greeting session with a bigger group.

“We tried to help him succeed,” one senior administration official said. “It was absolute dysfunction.”

The intrigue is likely to continue.

Senior White House advisers have suggested to cabinet secretaries or nominees that they need to be consulted on all personnel and policy decisions, creating friction between the agencies and the White House officials who have been permanently stationed inside their buildings.

Many of the U.S. ambassadorships remain unfilled, a result of a standoff between Mr. Tillerson and Mr. Priebus, the chief of staff, said people familiar with the process.

Mr. Trump had told Mr. Tillerson he would have a say in appointing some key ambassadorships, including Canada and Switzerland, those people said. Mr. Priebus subsequently got the president to approve names for those positions—including several top donors to the RNC—without consulting the secretary of state, which angered Mr. Tillerson.

Spokesmen for the State Department and Mr. Priebus didn’t respond to requests for comment.

The infighting has sown growing insecurity among Mr. Priebus and his top aides.

When Mr. Trump called Mr. Bossert, the homeland security adviser, into his office earlier this month, deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh spotted him entering the Oval Office and sprinted down the hallway to alert her boss, Mr. Priebus, according to a person familiar with the events. Mr. Priebus subsequently dashed into the office, where he reprimanded Mr. Bossert—in front of Mr. Trump—for trying to meet with the president without him.

“Reince is doing a great job,” Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday. “Not a good job. A great job.”

Mr. Trump avoided questions about Mr. Flynn Monday during a news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Consequently, reporters lined up and spent three hours waiting outside Mr. Spicer’s office to get an update.

When Mr. Trump walked by on his way to the Oval Office, they shouted questions about him about his national security adviser.

Mr. Trump ignored them, and turned to a picture on the wall of the audience that witnessed his inaugural speech on Jan. 20. Mr. Trump ignited the first controversy of his presidency by ordering Mr. Spicer to push back on widely reported data that showed that the crowd witnessing his inauguration was smaller than his predecessor’s audience.

“Where did all these people come from? Ohhh,” Mr. Trump said, feigning surprise as he leaned over the picture and pointed to individual people in the crowd.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/mike-flynn-is-first-casualty-of-turmoil-in-trump-administration-1487121454

Michael Flynn resigns as Trump’s national security adviser

President Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned late Monday night amid mounting accusations that he had illicit communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States that positioned him as a potential target for blackmail.

Flynn submitted his letter of resignation to the president just three weeks into the administration, saying he “inadvertently” gave Vice President Mike Pence “incomplete information” on phone calls he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in which he allegedly discussed lifting sanctions against Moscow.

“I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President,” the letter stated, “and they have accepted my apology.”

Flynn, who was fired by then-President Barack Obama as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said he was honored to serve with Trump and believed in the mission to “make America great again.”

Retired Army Gen. Keith Kellogg will take over on an interim basis.

The swift resignation came just hours after The Washington Post reported that weeks ago, then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates had warned the White House that Flynn had misled Pence about the nature of his conversations with Kislyak.

Yates told the White House counsel that the Justice Department was concerned Flynn might be vulnerable to blackmail after he insisted to Pence and others that he had not discussed Obama’s sanctions against Russia during a call with Kislyak, the paper reported.

Obama levied the sanctions after it was revealed that Russia was all but certainly involved in hacking and interference in the US presidential election.

Flynn’s contact with the Russian ambassador before Trump was sworn in could violate the Logan Act, which bans unauthorized US citizens from “communicating with a foreign government.”

The national security adviser made conflicting public statements on the communications as more information came to light.

US intelligence agencies regularly monitor calls by Russian diplomats, and reports claim there is a transcript of the Dec. 29 phone call as the sanctions were levied against Vladimir Putin.

Flynn appeared to be in the president’s good graces just hours before his resignation Monday as he sat in the front row of Trump’s news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Later Monday evening, the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, said that Trump was “evaluating the situation.”

The New York Times also reported that the US Army has been investigating Flynn’s ties to Russia and whether he was paid by that country during a trip he took to Moscow in 2015.

During an interview with The Washington Post last year, Flynn admitted that he had been paid by the Russian state-run television station RT.

Trump’s 36-year-old son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been assisting in the search to replace Flynn.

One of the names being considered was disgraced former Gen. David Petraeus, according to Politico.

Petraeus, a former head of the CIA for Obama, was himself caught in a scandal when it was revealed that he had leaked classified information to his mistress and biographer, Paula Broadwell. He resigned in 2012 and served two years’ probation as part of a plea deal.

Other possible picks for the high-level position include: Stephen Hadley, former national security adviser to President George W. Bush; Tom Bossert, who also served as a national security aide under Bush; Adm. James Stavridis; and Department of Homeland Security head John Kelly.

 

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Why did Obama dawdle on Russia’s hacking?

President Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)

Opinion writer January 12

This column has been updated below.

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” mutters Marcellus as ghosts and mad spirits haunt Elsinore castle in the first act of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.”

After this past week of salacious leaks about foreign espionage plots and indignant denials, people must be wondering if something is rotten in the state of our democracy. How can we dispel the dark rumors that, as Hamlet says, “shake our disposition”?

I’d suggest four questions to clear the haze of allegation and recrimination that surrounds President-elect Donald Trump and our intelligence agencies a week before his inauguration. Getting answers may take months — but that’s the best way to avoid a Shakespearean tragic ending.

Question 1: Did Trump’s campaign encourage Russia’s alleged hacking to hurt his rival Hillary Clinton and help him, and does Russia have any leverage over him? Trump finally conceded at his news conference Wednesday that “as far as hacking, I think it was Russia,” but he insisted he has “no dealings with Russia” and “no loans with Russia.” He didn’t answer a question about whether he or anyone from his staff had contact with Russia during the campaign.

These are the measures Obama is taking to punish Russia over election interference

 

The announcement culminates months of vigorous internal debate over whether and how to respond to Russia’s unprecedented election-year provocations, ranging from the hacks of the Democratic National Committee to the targeting of state electoral systems.(The Washington Post)

The country needs to know what’s true and what’s false. The Post and other news organizations spent months trying to check out a dossier about possible Russia-Trump contacts prepared by a former British intelligence officer. The press couldn’t confirm alleged meetings during the campaign. The FBI and other intelligence agencies have had the dossier, too, since late summer. Their investigation remains open, it appears.

A full investigation could establish who did what, and when. In a case where a foreign intelligence service allegedly ran a covert action against the United States’ political system, aborting the inquiry would be scandalous.

Question 2: Why did the Obama administration wait so long to deal with Russia’s apparent hacking? This is the Hamlet puzzle in our drama. Like the prince of Denmark, President Obama delayed taking action even as evidence mounted of dastardly deeds. The first stories about Russian hacking broke in the summer. In September, the “Gang of Eight” — the top congressional leadership on intelligence — was getting detailed briefings on the hacking. The FBI by then had obtained the British ex-spy’s dossier.

The intelligence community issued a statement Oct. 7 charging that “Russia’s senior-most officials” had sought to “interfere with the U.S. election process.” Given that, why didn’t Obama do more?

The White House probably feared that further action might trigger a process of escalation that could bring even worse election turmoil. Trump was barnstorming the country claiming that the election was rigged and warning he might not accept the outcome. Did the administration worry that the Russians would take additional steps to hurt Clinton and help Trump, and might disrupt balloting itself? We need to know.

Question 3: What discussions has the Trump team had with Russian officials about future relations? Trump said Wednesday that his relationship with President Vladimir Putin is “an asset, not a liability.” Fair enough, but until he’s president, Trump needs to let Obama manage U.S.-Russia policy.

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, Trump’s choice for national security adviser, cultivates close Russian contacts. He has appeared on Russia Today and received a speaking fee from the cable network, which was described in last week’s unclassified intelligence briefing on Russian hacking as “the Kremlin’s principal international propaganda outlet.”

According to a senior U.S. government official, Flynn phoned Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak several times on Dec. 29, the day the Obama administration announced the expulsion of 35 Russian officials as well as other measures in retaliation for the hacking. What did Flynn say, and did it undercut the U.S. sanctions? The Logan Act (though never enforced) bars U.S. citizens from correspondence intending to influence a foreign government about “disputes” with the United States. Was its spirit violated? The Trump campaign didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

If the Trump team’s contacts helped discourage the Russians from a counter-retaliation, maybe that’s a good thing. But we ought to know the facts.

Question 4: Finally, what’s the chance that Russian intelligence has gamed its covert action more subtly than we realize? Applying a counter-intelligence lens, it’s worth asking whether the Russians hoped to be discovered, and whether Russian operatives fed the former MI6 officer’s controversial dossier deliberately, to sow further chaos.

These questions need to be answered — not to undermine Trump, but to provide a factual base to help the country recover from an attack on its political system. As Trump rightly says, “fake news” threatens our democracy. Truth will protect it.

UPDATE: The Trump transition team did not respond Thursday night to a request for comment. But two team members called with information Friday morning. A first Trump official confirmed that Flynn had spoken with Kislyak by phone, but said the calls were before sanctions were announced and didn’t cover that topic. This official later added that Flynn’s initial call was to express condolences to Kislyak after the terrorist killing of the Russian ambassador to Ankara Dec. 19, and that Flynn made a second call Dec. 28 to express condolences for the shoot-down of a Russian plane carrying a choir to Syria. In that second call, Flynn also discussed plans for a Trump-Putin conversation sometime after the inauguration. In addition, a second Trump official said the Dec. 28 call included an invitation from Kislyak for a Trump administration official to visit Kazakhstan for a conference in late January.

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The timeline of Michael Flynn’s resignation just looks bad for the Trump White House

February 14 at 3:40 PM

 

The timeline below has been updated with more details from White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s daily briefing.

Perhaps the most striking thing about Michael Flynn’s resignation as national security adviser is that it didn’t come sooner.

As The Washington Post reported late Monday, just hours before Flynn resigned, the White House was told weeks ago that Flynn had misled them about his talks with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.

Yet the situation didn’t come to a head until the public disclosure last week of what Flynn says was his faulty recollection of the call — and specifically, the fact that it included talk about sanctions, which Flynn and Vice President Pence had both denied.

Which leads to the question: Was the White House concerned that Flynn had apparently lied to them — or at least done something he shouldn’t have and failed to disclose it? Would it ever have taken corrective action if the situation hadn’t been made public?

Here’s why Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned after just 24 days

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These are all fair questions, especially since the administration had, until late Monday, given no indication that Flynn’s job was in jeopardy. Appearing on MSNBC early Monday evening, Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway even said the administration had “full confidence” in Flynn. Yet just minutes later, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump was “evaluating the situation.” Hours later, Flynn resigned.

It’s a bit of a complex situation. So it’s worth deconstructing with a timeline:

  • Dec. 29: Flynn, a former lieutenant general who had been selected as Trump’s national security adviser, speaks to Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak. Despite Flynn’s later denial and the White House’s later comments, he and Kislyak discuss sanctions and the possibility of relieving them once Trump is president — even as the Obama administration was announcing new sanctions for Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election.
  • Jan. 12: For the first time, Flynn’s talks with the Russian ambassador are reported by Post columnist David Ignatius. Few details are known, but Ignatius notes that if the two discussed the sanctions, this could violate an obscure law known as the Logan Act, which prohibits unauthorized citizens from dealing in disputes with foreign governments.
  • Jan. 13: In his first comments on the matter, Spicer says Flynn told him that he had exchanged text messages with Kislyak before they spoke on Dec. 28. (The date was later corrected to Dec. 29.) But Spicer said it was only to discuss logistics for a call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump after Trump was sworn in as president. “That was it, plain and simple,” Spicer said.
  • Jan. 14: Flynn assures Pence, who was then the vice president-elect, that the two of them didn’t discuss sanctions, according to Pence.
  • Jan. 15: Pence says on the Sunday shows that Flynn and Kislyak didn’t discuss sanctions. “I talked to General Flynn yesterday, and the conversations that took place at that time were not in any way related to the new U.S. sanctions against Russia or the expulsion of diplomats,” Pence says on “Fox News Sunday.”
  • Jan. 26: The Justice Department, then headed by acting attorney general Sally Yates (whom Trump would later dismiss for not defending his travel ban), informs White House counsel Don McGahn of Flynn’s misleading statements. It also warns that they were so egregious that he could open himself up to Russian blackmail, given Russia knew he had mischaracterized the call to his superiors, according to Washington Post reporting. Spicer confirmed the specific date on Tuesday. “The first day that the Department of Justice … sought to notify White House counsel was January 26,” Spicer said. “The president was immediately informed of the situation.” Spicer said the White House didn’t believe Flynn had violated the law. None of this was disclosed publicly at the time.
  • Feb. 8: In an interview with The Post that would be published the following day, Flynn categorically denies having discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador.
  • Feb. 9: The Post reports that Flynn did, in fact, discuss sanctions with the Russian ambassador. In response, a spokesperson amends Flynn’s denial, saying that he “indicated that while he had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn’t be certain that the topic never came up.”
  • Feb. 10: Trump says in brief comments aboard Air Force One that he is unaware of The Post’s report but that he will “look into” it.
  • Around 5 p.m. Monday: Conway says the White House has “full confidence” in Flynn and seems to excuse him for having forgotten that he discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador.
  • Also around 5 p.m. Monday: Spicer issues a contradictory statement. “The president is evaluating the situation,” he said. “He’s speaking to the vice president relative to the conversation the vice president had with Gen. Flynn, and also speaking to various other people about what he considers the single most important subject there is: our national security.”
  • 8 p.m. Monday: The Post reports that the Justice Department had told the White House last month “that Flynn had so mischaracterized his communications with the Russian diplomat that he might be vulnerable to blackmail by Moscow.”
  • Shortly before 11 p.m. Monday: Flynn resigns.
  • Tuesday morning: Conway says Flynn resigned voluntarily.
  • Tuesday afternoon: Spicer, again contradicting Conway, says Trump requested the resignation: “Whether or not he actually misled the vice president was the issue, and that was ultimately what led to the president asking for and accepting the resignation of General Flynn. That’s it. Pure and simple, it was a matter of trust.”

A few questions on this:

  1. Was the administration planning to take any action based on the Justice Department’s late-January news of Flynn having misled them?
  2. Trump said he hadn’t heard about The Post story on Flynn having misled his administration as recently as Feb. 10. Did the White House counsel really not inform the president about what the Justice Department had said? Or was it perhaps disregarded once Yates, an Obama appointee, was dismissed in a separate matter?
  3. Do White House officials truly accept Flynn’s contention that he simply forgot about discussing sanctions? Conway’s comments Monday suggest they do. But Russian sanctions were one of the biggest stories in U.S. foreign policy at the time.
  4. Even if Flynn did truly forget, would it be okay that he discussed something he wasn’t supposed to during the phone call?

Much will play out in the hours ahead. For now, though, Flynn’s resignation probably won’t do anything to tamp down questions about what the White House knew when and just how seriously it was taking the matter.

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DEEP STATE LEAK CAMPAIGN BRINGS DOWN NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR MICHAEL FLYNN

After one of the most blatant leak campaigns by national security officials in recent memory, former General Michael Flynn resigned from office as national security advisor Monday evening. The official reason for the resignation was giving “incomplete information” to the vice president and others about a call between himself and the Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak in December.

Today, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said President Trump lost confidence in Flynn related to his memory and honesty, particularly in reference to what Flynn told the vice president. Spicer also said a legal review was performed by the White House Counsel’s Office which found no legal issues with Flynn’s conduct. Spicer said the fundamental issue was trust.

According to The New York Times, the White House reviewed a transcript of the call—retained from a longstanding wire tape of Kislyak—and found it to be “ambiguous enough that Mr. Trump could have justified either firing or retaining Mr. Flynn.”

So what led President Trump to go with firing? Probably the torrent of stories smashing down on the White House that were part of a clearly coordinated campaign that reached crescendo on Sunday when stories from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Politico hit within a 30-minute period.

All the stories claimed to be predicated on information from national security officials and other insiders.

If that’s what “full confidence” looks like…

A small group of current and former national security officials just leaked Mike Flynn out of a job. Does anyone think they’ll stop there?

The Washington Post has been the biggest repository of leaks and started the campaign when intelligence officials told David Ignatius (and eventually other Washington Post reporters) that Flynn had talked to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about sanctions in a phone call after the election, but before taking office.

This would be a completely benign event by any standard outside the fevered dreams of partisans. Talking to an ambassador about sanctions or any issue of foreign policy is well within an incoming national security advisor’s purview. The Logan Act, a law forbidding non-U.S. officials from engaging in foreign policy, is a dead letter and likely unconstitutional.

If the Logan Act were actually enforced, many U.S. citizens, including members of Congress and former presidents, would face indictment. Only one person has ever been indicted under the act and no one has ever been prosecuted since its enactment in 1799.

Adding to the circumstantial evidence were stories on Monday by The Washington Post framing a conversation between now-fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates, intelligence officials James Clapper and John Brennan, and President Donald Trump as a concern about Flynn being compromised by Russia.

The theory of being compromised here is that because Flynn denied he talked about sanctions, the Russians could blackmail him into doing their bidding by exposing that he had talked—in benign terms—about sanctions. If that sounds like strained logic, that’s because it is.

While there is no doubt Flynn’s troubled relationship with Vice President Pence was a factor, it is downright irresponsible to not note that Flynn had many enemies within the deep state, including those in a position to leak information to the press to take him down.

That the Russian call is not a coincidence. Former intelligence officers like John Schindler have claimed (without evidence) that Flynn is a Kremlin agent. The New York Times reported there was an investigation into Flynn’s trip to Russia in 2015 by the Department of Defense.

Some of the leaks almost certainly came from the CIA, which has had a long running feud with Flynn that goes back to the Obama Administration and Flynn’s time as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Flynn was ultimately fired by President Obama, but not before DIA created a now notorious 2012 memo that blamed the CIA for the rise of ISIS.

The memo became a major point of conflict with Flynn, who affirmed it, while former CIA Director Mike Morell attempted to discredit it:

Soon after it was written, the 2012 IIR (Intelligence Information Report) landed on the desks of Congressional Intelligence Committee members, but more importantly would be used to argue policy at the White House—this according to the Defense Department’s chief of military intelligence at the time the memo was produced.

Director of the DIA at the time of the memo’s drafting and former Senior Intelligence Officer for the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), Michael Flynn, has repeatedly affirmed the report’s accuracy in public statements. But now, for the first time, a CIA perspective has been offered: former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell recently took to Politico to weigh in on controversy surrounding the now declassified 2012 memo, which further warned that “the Salafists, the Muslim Brotherhood, and AQI are the major forces driving the insurgency in Syria” and that “the West, Gulf countries, and Turkey support the opposition.”

As Shadowproof discussed with former CIA officer John Kiriakou recently, there is a raging power struggle going on between the CIA and President Trump. Flynn was certainly one of the CIA’s major targets, but hardly their only one.

What is relevant and noteworthy is that Trump blinked. The deep state leaked information to the press and, instead of shrugging off the charges, he forced Flynn to resign. For a man who came to power using the press as his chief foil, it’s a strange move and, for a press clearly at war with the White House, a now proven method for undermining the presidency.

https://shadowproof.com/2017/02/14/deep-state-leak-campaign-brings-down-nsa-flynn/

Michael T. Flynn

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Michael T. Flynn
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25th National Security Advisor
In office
January 20, 2017 – February 13, 2017
President Donald Trump
Deputy K. T. McFarland
Preceded by Susan Rice
Succeeded by Keith Kellogg (Acting)
Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
In office
July 24, 2012 – August 7, 2014
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Ronald Burgess
Succeeded by David Shedd (Acting)
Personal details
Born Michael Thomas Flynn
December 1958 (age 58)
Middletown, Rhode Island, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Education University of Rhode Island, Kingston (BS)
Golden Gate University (MBA)
United States Army Command and General Staff College (MMAS)
Naval War College (MA)
Website Official website
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1981–2014
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Unit Defense Intelligence Agency
Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
Battles/wars Operation Urgent Fury
Operation Uphold Democracy
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Awards Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal (4)
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star Medal (4)
Meritorious Service Medal (6)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal (6)

Michael ThomasMikeFlynn (born December 1958) is a retired United States Army Lieutenant General who was the 18th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and was the 25th National Security Advisor, serving President Donald Trump for 24 days, from January 20 to February 13, 2017,[1][2] before resigning amid controversy over his contacts with Russian officials. Flynn’s tenure as National Security Advisor is the shortest in history.[3][4]

Flynn’s military career was primarily operational, with numerous combat arms, conventional and special operations senior intelligence assignments. He co-authored a report in January 2010 through the Center for a New American Security entitled Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan.[5] In addition, Flynn served as the commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, chair of the Military Intelligence Board, Assistant Director of National Intelligence,[6][7] and the senior intelligence officer for the Joint Special Operations Command. He retired with 33 years service in the Army, a year before he was scheduled to leave his position.

On November 18, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced that Flynn would serve as National Security Advisor in his coming administration. As a member of the Executive Office of the President, Flynn did not require confirmation by the United States Senate.[8]

Even prior to his appointment as National Security Advisor, Flynn had already drawn criticism for what sources including The Washington Post and Associated Press have described as his close relations with Russia,[9][10][11][12] and for his promotion and popularization of anti-Clinton conspiracy theories and fake news stories during the 2016 presidential campaign.[13][14] On January 22, 2017, The Wall Street Journal reported that Flynn was under investigation by U.S. counterintelligence agents for his communications with Russian officials.[15] Flynn resigned on February 13, 2017.[16]

Early life and education

Flynn was born in December 1958 in Middletown, Rhode Island,[7] the son of Helen Frances (Andrews), who worked in real estate, and Charles Francis Flynn, a banker.[17][18][19][20]

Michael Flynn graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science degree in management science in 1981 and was a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. He also earned a Master of Business Administration in Telecommunications from Golden Gate University, a Master of Military Art and Science from the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.[1]

Flynn is a graduate of the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course, Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course, Army Command and General Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Studies, and Naval War College.[1]

Military career

U.S. Army

General Stanley McChrystal and Flynn in Afghanistan, 2010

Flynn was commissioned in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant in military intelligence, in 1981.[1] His military assignments included multiple tours at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, with the 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, and Joint Special Operations Command, where he deployed for the invasion of Grenada in Grenada and Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti.[21] He also served with the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana, and the Army Intelligence Center at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.[1]

Flynn served as the assistant chief of staff, G2, XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, from June 2001 and the director of intelligence, Joint Task Force 180 in Afghanistan until July 2002. He commanded the 111th Military Intelligence Brigade from June 2002 to June 2004.[1] He was the director of intelligence for Joint Special Operations Command from July 2004 to June 2007, with service in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom) and Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom). He served as the director of intelligence, United States Central Command from June 2007 to July 2008, as the director of intelligence, Joint Staff from July 2008 to June 2009, then the director of intelligence, International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan from June 2009 to October 2010.[1][22]

Defense Intelligence Agency, Director

Flynn speaks during the change of directorship for the Defense Intelligence Agency on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C.

In September 2011, Flynn was promoted to Lieutenant General and assigned to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. On April 17, 2012, President Barack Obama nominated Flynn to be the 18th director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.[23][24] Flynn took command of the DIA in July 2012.[25] In October 2012, Flynn announced plans to release his paper “VISION2020: Accelerating Change Through Integration”, a broad look at how the Defense Intelligence Agency must transform to meet the national security challenges for the 21st Century.[26] It was meant to emphasize “integration, interagency teamwork and innovation of the whole workforce, not just the technology but the people”. [27]

Retirement

On April 30, 2014, Flynn announced his retirement effective later in 2014, about a year earlier than he had been scheduled to leave his position. He was reportedly effectively forced out of the DIA after clashing with superiors over his allegedly chaotic management style and vision for the agency.[28][29][30][31] In a private e-mail that was leaked online, Colin Powell said that he had heard in the DIA (apparently from later DIA director Vincent R. Stewart) that Flynn got fired because he was “Abusive with staff, didn’t listen, worked against policy, bad management, etc.”[30] According to The New York Times, Flynn exhibited a loose relationship with facts, leading his subordinates to refer to Flynn’s repeated dubious assertions as “Flynn facts”.[32]

According to what Flynn had told in one final interview as DIA director, he felt like a lone voice in thinking that the United States was less safe from the threat of Islamic terrorism in 2014 than it was prior to the 9/11 attacks; he went on to believe that he was pressed into retirement for questioning the Obama administration’s public narrative that Al Qaeda was close to defeat.[33] Journalist Seymour Hersh wrote that “Flynn confirmed [to Hersh] that his agency had sent a constant stream of classified warnings … about the dire consequences of toppling [Syrian President] Assad.” Flynn recounted that his agency was producing intelligence reports indicating that radical Islamists were the main force in the Syrian insurgency and “that Turkey was looking the other way when it came to the growth of the Islamic State inside Syria”. According to Flynn, these reports “got enormous pushback from the Obama administration,” who he felt “did not want to hear the truth”. According to former DIA official W. Patrick Lang: “Flynn incurred the wrath of the White House by insisting on telling the truth about Syria … they shoved him out. He wouldn’t shut up.”[34] In an interview with Al Jazeera, Flynn criticized the Obama administration for its delay in supporting the opposition in Syria, thereby allowing for the growth of Al Nusra and other extremist forces: “when you don’t get in and help somebody, they’re gonna find other means to achieve their goals” and that “we should have done more earlier on in this effort, you know, than we did.”[35]

Flynn retired from the U.S. Army with 33 years of service on August 7, 2014.[36]

Post-retirement

Consulting firm

Main article: Flynn Intel Group

Flynn, along with son Michael G. Flynn, runs Flynn Intel Group that provides intelligence services for business and governments.[37] Several sources, including Politico, have written that Flynn’s consulting company is allegedly lobbying for Turkey. A company tied to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan‘s government, which supports Muslim Brotherhood, is known to have hired Flynn’s lobbying firm.[38][39][40][41][42][43] On election day 2016, Flynn wrote an op-ed calling for U.S. backing for Erdoğan’s government and criticized the regime’s opponent, Fethullah Gulen; Flynn did not disclose that Flynn’s consulting firm had received funds from a company with ties to Erdoğan’s government.[44] In July 2016, Flynn said that the coup attempt against Erdoğan was something “worth clapping for”, but two months later, when a company tied to Erdoğan’s government hired Flynn’s firm, Flynn hailed Erdoğan as a critical U.S. ally.[45]

Flynn sat in on classified national security briefings with then-candidate Trump at the same time that Flynn was working for foreign clients, which raises ethical concerns and conflicts of interest.[46]

Attendance of RT Gala Dinner

2015 RT gala dinner in Moscow. Jill Stein sits across from Vladimir Putin. Flynn sits next to Putin.

In 2015, Flynn attended a gala dinner in Moscow in honor of RT (formerly “Russia Today”), a Russian government-owned English-language media outlet on which he made semi-regular appearances as an analyst after he retired from U.S. government service. Before the gala, Flynn gave a paid talk on world affairs.[11][12] Flynn defended the Russian payment in an interview with Michael Isikoff.[12] Journalist Michael Crowley of Politico reported that “at a moment of semi-hostility between the U.S. and Russia, the presence of such an important figure at Putin’s table startled” U.S. officials, in reference to president Vladimir Putin‘s attendance of the dinner as the guest of honor.[11]

On February 1, 2017, the ranking Democratic members on six House committees sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis, requesting a Department of Defense investigation into Flynn’s connection to RT.[47] The legislators expressed concern that Flynn had violated the anti-bribery Foreign Emoluments Clause of the Constitution by accepted money from RT,[47] a state-run Russian propaganda agency.[48]

2016 U.S. presidential election

Flynn at a campaign rally for then-Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump, in October 2016.

During one of the debates in the 2015 GOP primaries, presidential candidate Carly Fiorina promised that, if elected, she would bring back into the government “the warrior class” of generals, including David Petraeus, Jack Keane, James Mattis, Stanley McChrystal and Flynn.

Having already been consulted regarding national security by Fiorina as well as other candidates, including Scott Walker, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump,[49] Flynn was asked in February 2016 to serve as an adviser to the Trump campaign.[50] In July 2016, it was reported he was being considered as Trump’s running mate; Flynn later confirmed that he had submitted vetting documents to the campaign and was willing to accept the Republican vice-presidential nomination if chosen.[51][52] Trump instead selected Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

As one of the keynote speakers during the first night of the 2016 Republican National Convention Flynn gave what the Los Angeles Times described as a “fiery” speech, in which he stated: “We are tired of Obama’s empty speeches and his misguided rhetoric. This, this has caused the world to have no respect for America’s word, nor does it fear our might”;[53] he also accused Obama of choosing to conceal the actions of Osama bin Laden and ISIS.[54] Flynn went on to critically address political correctness and joined the crowd in a chant of “U-S-A! U-S-A!”. During the chants he told those in the audience, “Get fired up! This is about our country.”[53][55] During the speech, Flynn launched a blistering attack on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. He led the crowd in chants of “Lock her up!” and called for her to withdraw from the race, saying that “if I did a tenth of what she did, I’d be in jail today.”[56][57] He repeated in subsequent interviews that she should be “locked up”.[58] While campaigning for Trump, Flynn also referred to Clinton as the “enemy camp”.[56] Six days after the speech Flynn stirred up a controversy by retweeting antisemitic remarks, which he later apologized for and claimed was unintentional.[59] During the election campaign, Flynn used Twitter to post links to negative stories about Clinton, including fake news.[13]

Flynn was once opposed to waterboarding and other extreme interrogation techniques that have now been banned; however, according to an August 2016 Washington Post article, he said at one point, in the context of Trump’s apparent openness to reinstating such techniques, that “he would be reluctant to take options off the table.”[56] In May 2016, Flynn was asked by an Al Jazeera reporter if he would support Trump’s stated plan to “take out [the] families”[60][61] of suspected terrorists. In response, Flynn stated, “I would have to see the circumstances of that situation.”[56] In an interview with Al Jazeera, Flynn criticized the reliance on drones as a “failed strategy”, stating that “what we have is this continued investment in conflict. The more weapons we give, the more bombs we drop, that just … fuels the conflict.”[62][35]

National Security Advisor

On November 18, 2016, Flynn accepted president-elect Donald Trump’s offer of the position of National Security Advisor.[63]

In December 2016, after the election of Donald Trump, Flynn met with Heinz-Christian Strache, leader of the far-right Freedom Party of Austria, at Trump Tower in New York.[64] The meeting attracted attention because the Freedom Party was founded by ex-Nazis in the 1950s, and because Strache had recently signed a cooperation agreement with Vladimir Putin’s ruling United Russia party. The Trump campaign refused to comment on the meeting.[64]

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On December 29, 2016, Flynn spoke with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, the same day the Obama administration announced retaliatory measures in response to Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential campaign; if there was intent to interfere with or defeat said measures, this may constitute a felony under the Logan act. Trump’s incoming press secretary, Sean Spicer, said he doubted that Flynn and Kislyak discussed the retaliatory measures.[65]

The Wall Street Journal reported on January 22, 2017, that Flynn was under investigation by U.S. counterintelligence agents for his communications with Russian officials.[66] On February 8, 2017, Flynn flatly denied having spoken to Kislyak in December 2016 about the sanctions placed on Russia by the Obama administration; however, the next day, U.S. intelligence officials shared an account indicating that such discussions did in fact take place.[67] Following this revelation, Flynn’s spokesman released a statement that Flynn “indicated that while he had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn’t be certain that the topic never came up”.[68]

In addition to the FBI investigation, The New York Times reported that, according to two defense officials, the Army is separately investigating whether Flynn “received money from the Russian government during a trip he took to Moscow in 2015”.[16] According to the officials, there was no record that Flynn has “filed the required paperwork for the trip”.[16]

On February 13, 2017, Flynn resigned as National Security Advisor, following reporting on his communications with Russian officials.[16] The Washington Post reported that Acting Attorney General Sally Yates had warned the Trump White House in late January that Flynn had not been truthful about his contacts with Russia related to sanctions and that he was vulnerable to blackmail by Russian intelligence.[69][9]

Flynn’s 24-day tenure as National Security Advisor was by far the shortest ever, with the average tenure being 2.6 years.[4]

Political views

Flynn is a registered Democrat, having grown up in a “very strong Democratic family”.[70] However, he was a keynote speaker during the first night of the 2016 Republican National Convention,[53] and he was a surrogate and top national security adviser for President Donald Trump.

During a July 10, 2016, interview on ABC News’ This Week, when asked by host Martha Raddatz about the issue of abortion, Flynn stated, “women have to be able to choose.”[70][71] The next day, Flynn said on Fox News that he is a “pro-life Democrat”.[72]

Flynn has been a board member of ACT! for America,[63] and sees the Muslim faith as one of the root causes of Islamist terrorism.[32] He has described Islam as a political ideology and a cancer.[32][73] He stated in a Twitter post that “fear of Muslims is RATIONAL”[63] and included a video link claiming that Islam wants “80% of people enslaved or exterminated”.[74] Initially supportive of Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the US, Flynn later told Al Jazeera that a blanket ban was unworkable and has called instead for “vetting” of entrants from countries like Syria.[63] Flynn has stated the U.S. “should extradite Fethullah Gülen” to Turkey and “work constructively with Russia” in Syria.[34][75] In 2016, he said that he had personally seen photos of signs in the Southwest border area that were in Arabic to help Muslims entering the United States illegally. An officer of the National Border Patrol Council responded that he had never seen any signs delineating smuggling routes, let alone any in Arabic.[76]

Books

Flynn is the author of The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies, co-authored with Michael Ledeen, which was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2016.[77] In reviewing the book, Will McCants of the Brookings Institution described Flynn’s worldview as a confused combination of neoconservatism (an insistence on destroying what he sees as an alliance of tyranny, dictatorships, and radical Islamist regimes) and realism (support for working with “friendly tyrants”), although he acknowledged that this could be due to the book having two authors.[78]

Awards and decorations

Lieutenant General Flynn’s decorations, medals and badges include: [1][79]

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US Intelligence Community’s Gold Seal Medallion[79]
National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal[79]
National Security Agency Director’s Distinguished Service Medal[79]
US Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award[80]

Other awards and recognitions

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