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Finally, evidence of Russian election meddling … oh, wait

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“On December 1, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to two counts of lying to the FBI about conversations he had with Sergey I. Kislyak, then Russia’s ambassador to the United States. The charges, and Flynn’s plea, were part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of ‘Russian meddling’ in the 2016 US presidential election. Finally! Hard evidence! The Trump campaign really did work with the Russians to fix the election and deprive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton of her pre-ordained return to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue! But there are big problems with that narrative.”


Whistleblower: Flynn told colleague Russia sanctions would be “ripped up”

Source: CNN

“As President Donald Trump delivered his inaugural address, incoming-national security adviser Michael Flynn texted his former business colleague about a plan to join Russia and build nuclear reactors in the Middle East: The project was ‘good to go,’ he told them, according to a summary of a whistleblower’s account provided by a lawmaker. The business colleague who texted with Flynn later recounted that he also suggested sanctions against Russia would be ‘ripped up’ as one of the administration’s first acts, according to the whistleblower. … Flynn pleaded guilty to a charge in the criminal investigation into Russian collusion last week. His lawyer, Robert Kelner, declined to comment for this story.” (12/06/17)


Kushner questioned about Michael Flynn in Mueller’s Russia probe, reports say


Source: CNBC

“President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has been questioned by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators about former national security adviser Michael Flynn, a person familiar with the investigation confirmed Wednesday to The Associated Press. The person said the questioning of Kushner earlier this month took about 90 minutes or less and was aimed in part at establishing whether Kushner had any information on Flynn that might be exculpatory. … The confirmation of Kushner’s interview came as prosecutors working for Mueller postponed grand jury testimony related to Flynn’s private business dealings.” (11/30/17)


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)