Tag Archives: Michael Flynn

Facing "enormous" legal bills, Michael Flynn establishes defense fund

Source: ABC News

"Relatives of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, one of the key subjects of multiple investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, made a rare public statement Monday to call attention to the 'tremendous financial burden' the probes are placing on former advisers to President Donald Trump. 'The enormous expense of attorneys' fees and other related expenses far exceed their ability to pay,' said Joe Flynn and Barbara Redgate, the retired general’s brother and sister. The relatives made the statement to bring attention to a legal defense fund they have formed to help raise money for the man who briefly served as the nation’s top national security official under President Trump." (09/18/17)


Flynn holdover Cohen-Watnick removed from National Security Council

Source: United Press International

"Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior intelligence director of the National Security Council, has been removed from his post, the White House confirmed Wednesday. Cohen-Watnick, 31, was hired during the short tenure of Michael Flynn as President Donald Trump's national security adviser. Flynn was dismissed by Trump in February after he misled administration officials, about his prior contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States. Current national security adviser H.R. McMaster sought to remove Cohen-Watnick from the NSC but was initially dissuaded from doing so by other senior White House advisers. … Cohen-Watnick's removal on Wednesday is the third significant personnel shift at the White House this week." (08/03/17)


Flynn refuses Senate subpoena, invokes Fifth Amendment

Source: USA Today

"Embattled former national security adviser Michael Flynn is asserting his right against self-incrimination in declining to provide a Senate committee documents related to its investigation into possible collusion between associates of President Trump's campaign and the Russian government. Flynn relayed his decision to invoke the Fifth Amendment to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday, according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to comment publicly. Earlier this month, the panel had issued the formal request for data and communications involving the former Army lieutenant general and Russian officials as part of the committee's ongoing investigation." (05/22/17)


Comey memo says Trump asked him to end Flynn investigation

Source: New York Times

"President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting. 'I hope you can let this go,' the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo. The existence of Mr. Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia. … Mr. Comey shared the existence of the memo with senior F.B.I. officials and close associates. The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo, which is unclassified, but one of Mr. Comey’s associates read parts of the memo to a Times reporter. 'I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,' Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey, according to the memo. 'He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.'" (05/16/17)


US Senate intel panel subpoenas Flynn for Russia-related documents

Source: Fox News

"The Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Wednesday for papers related to the panel's investigation into alleged meddling by Russia in the 2016 election. Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, the Republican chairman, and Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the committee of Democratic vice chairman, said the panel had first requested the papers from Flynn on late on April 28. Burr and Warner said in a joint statement Flynn 'declined, through counsel, to cooperate with the Committee’s request.' … Flynn attorney Robert Kelner declined to comment on the newly issued subpoena to the Associated Press. Flynn had previously been in talks with the committee about agreeing to be interviewed as long as he was granted immunity." (05/11/17)


Grand jury subpoenas issued in FBI's Russia investigation

Source: CNN

"Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn seeking business records, as part of the ongoing probe of [alleged] Russian meddling in last year's election, according to people familiar with the matter. CNN learned of the subpoenas hours before President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey. The subpoenas represent the first sign of a significant escalation of activity in the FBI's broader investigation begun last July into possible ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia. The subpoenas issued in recent weeks by the US Attorney's Office in Alexandria, Virginia, were received by associates who worked with Flynn on contracts after he was forced out as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014, according to the people familiar with the investigation." (05/10/17)


Officials: Obama warned Trump against hiring Flynn

Source: NBC News

"Former President Obama warned President Donald Trump against hiring Mike Flynn as his national security adviser, three former Obama administration officials tell NBC News. The warning, which has not been previously reported, came less than 48 hours after the November election when the two sat down for a 90-minute conversation in the Oval Office. A senior Trump administration official acknowledged Monday that Obama raised the issue of Flynn, saying the former president made clear he was 'not a fan of Michael Flynn.' Another official said Obama's remark seemed like it was made in jest." (05/08/17)


Pentagon proves Flynn's foreign payments


Source: Military.com

"The investigations into President Donald Trump's ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn intensified Thursday as the Pentagon's watchdog joined lawmakers in scrutinizing the legality of payments he accepted from foreign sources including a Russian state-sponsored television network. Also, new documents released by the ranking Democrat on a House oversight committee showed Flynn was warned by authorities when he retired from the military in 2014 not to take foreign government-sourced money without 'advance approval' from the Pentagon. Flynn, a former Army lieutenant general and Defense Intelligence Agency chief, later accepted tens of thousands of dollars for his work on behalf of foreign interests, including RT, the state-supported Russian television network, and a Turkish-owned company linked to Turkey's government." (04/27/17)


White House rejects Oversight request for Flynn documents

Source: The Hill

"The Trump administration has denied a request from the House Oversight Committee for more information on payments that former national security adviser Michael Flynn received from foreign governments, including from the Kremlin-backed television station RT and other Russian firms. Legislative affairs director Marc Short said the committee is requesting documents that are not in possession of the White House because they involved Flynn's activity prior to President Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration. Other documents sought by the committee, from after Jan. 20, involve sensitive information, he said. 'It is unclear how such documents would be relevant to the stated purpose of the committee's review, which according to your letter is to examine Lt. Gen. Flynn's disclosure of payments related to activities that occurred in 2015 and 2016, prior to his service in the White House,' Short wrote in a letter dated April 19 that was sent to committee leaders." (04/25/17)


Flynn initially failed to disclose Russia-linked payments on ethics form

Source: Fox News

"Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, did not reveal payments he received from three Russia-connected entities on a financial disclosure form he filed upon joining the Trump administration. … One of the companies was RT, a media outlet funded by the Russian government. Documents released by a congressional committee show that Flynn was paid $45,000 for that appearance. The other two companies were the Volga-Dnepr Group, a Russian air-cargo company; and Kaspersky Government Security Solutions, a U.S. subsidiary of a leading Russian cybersecurity firm. Flynn's lawyer Robert Kelner told the Associated Press the first filing included the speaking fees in bulk." (04/02/17)