Tag Archives: Michael Flynn

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)


Paul calls for jail time for leakers

Source: Mediaite

"During an appearance on ABC's This Week, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) expressed deep concern about government surveillance and the intelligence community leaking information to the press. With discussion among conservatives shifting more and more towards the 'deep state' in recent weeks, Paul told host George Stephanopoulos that it's known that the Obama administration spied on former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. He was referring to transcripts of pre-inauguration phone calls between Flynn and the Russian ambassador being discussed with the press, as the envoy was being surveilled by the U.S. Those calls led to Flynn's resignation. 'It is very, very important that whoever released that go to jail,' Paul said. 'Because you cannot have members of the intelligence community listening to the most private and highly classified information and then releasing that to The New York Times.'" (03/19/17)


More about Russia and less about Flynn?

Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi

"The story on the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is somewhat like peeling an onion, with each layer revealing something new. To be sure, I am delighted to see Flynn gone, both because of his clearly expressed desire to confront Iran and his inaccurate characterization of Islam. But Flynn's departure will no doubt be exploited by many to justify increased hostility toward Russia, which is neither justified by circumstances nor in America's long-term interests." (02/16/17)


Make the Flynn tape public

Source: National Review
by Andrew C McCarthy

"The Flynn affair is a tale of intrigue, with head-spinning twists and turns, manipulative spies, narrative-weaving pols, and strategists who mostly outsmart themselves. It is easy to get lost in the weeds. There is one easy way to get to the bottom of it, though …. For now, the so-called deep state — the intelligence operatives and highly placed officials who run the United States government because they have the power to ruin their opposition — would apparently prefer that we not hear the tape. Many of them are Obama functionaries who are content to shape opinion by leaking their edited version of events to media allies. Some of them are Trump functionaries whose mishandling of what may be a tempest in a teapot has made them vulnerable less than four weeks into the new administration. Perhaps, they calculate, handing up Flynn's scalp makes their problem go away. In reality, it is just whetting the opposition's appetite. Let's end the intrigue and go to the tape." (02/16/17)


The public should demand to see the Michael Flynn transcript

Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

"Yes, Flynn was a private citizen, but he was less than a month away from being a high-level government official, and the Obama administration was doing everything it possibly could to antagonize Russia during its last few weeks in office. I'm not justifying what Flynn said in those conversations, or the lies he told about it, but there's a key problem with this whole leak. It wasn't really a leak meant to inform the public. It was a leak to specific journalists, at specific papers, with a clear intent of political assassination through the manipulation of public opinion via cryptic releases of filtered information." (02/15/17)


Flynn resigns as America's new Red Scare proves its staying power

Source: Roll Call

"Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's mercurial national security adviser, submitted his resignation late Monday amidst growing controversy over his communications with Russia's ambassador to the United States. Flynn wrote in his resignation letter that he provided 'incomplete information' about conversations with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Critics are questioning whether top Trump Administration officials were misled, lied to — or perhaps complicit. And beyond the disruption caused by the resignation of a senior official so early in a new administration, the circumstances surrounding Flynn's departure will almost certainly increase scrutiny of others in Trump's inner circle who allegedly have ties to Russia.


Iran hawks take the White House

Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi

"I believe that [National Security Adviser Michael] Flynn is a dangerous man, possibly even mentally unhinged on some issues. He thinks that the United States has the preemptive right to tell countries in the Middle East what is acceptable and what is not and is willing to exercise various repressive measures to compel good behavior. Iran, as a designated 'problem state,' is consequently not allowed to act in support of its own national-security interests. Flynn justifies his hostility by claiming that Iran is the world's leading sponsor of terrorism and instability, which is a self-serving lie. Absent diplomacy to resolve differences, the only interaction with Tehran from Washington has become the threat of economic sanctions backed up by military force." (02/09/17)


National security adviser puts Iran "on notice"

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

"President Donald Trump's national security adviser says the administration is putting Iran 'on notice' after it tested a ballistic missile. Michael Flynn told reporters Wednesday that the Trump administration 'condemns such actions by Iran that undermine security, prosperity and stability throughout and beyond the Middle East that puts American lives at risk.' He says 'Iran is now feeling emboldened,' criticizing the Obama administration for failing 'to respond adequately.' Flynn says that 'we are officially putting Iran on notice,' although it's not clear what he meant. A defense official said this week that the missile test ended with a 'failed' re-entry into the earth's atmosphere. The official had no other details, including the type of missile. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity." (02/01/17)