Update on 2/16/17, A number of news outlets are reporting that the now former Ret. Lt. General Mike Flynn may have lied to FBI (which would be a felony) when describing his interactions with the US Russian ambassador on 12/29/16. There are conflicting stories on this.
The __blank__________ has hit the fans. The Washington Post has uncovered news that Sally Yates, former acting head of the DOJ, along with other Intelligence Community officials, delivered notice to the White House Counsel sometime after January 23, 2017 but before 1/31 when Ms. Yates was fired, that the Ret. Lt. General Mike Flynn was not being truthful about the content of his conversations with the US Russian ambassador about their discussions regarding the recent US sanctions applied against it, because of Russia’s interference into the 2016 US presidential elections.
The DOJ along with the CIA, DIA, etc., had this data earlier in January, but the FBI Director James Comey did not want to share this information as this would have compromised an ongoing investigation. But after the Vice President Mike Pense and the White House spokesperson Sean Spicer continued to repeat General Flynn’s lies, Director Comey gave his okay, and this was around 1/23/17.
Several contacts occurred between General Flynn and the Russian ambassador on 12/29/16, the same day that US sanctions against Russia had been publicly announced by President Obama’s administration. Until, this past week, General Flynn has consistently denied having conversed about these US sanctions prior to President Trump’s entry into the White House on 1/20/17. Others like Vice President Mike Pence relied on General Flynn’s protestations of any wrong doing when talking to the press.
The question is, what has the republican President Donald Trump’s team been doing all this time until some of this information finally became public, this past week? It looks like the days of Ret. Lt. General Mike Flynn are now numbered. As of 11:00 pm on 2/13/17, media outlets shared the news that the Ret. Lt. General Mike Flynn had resigned.
This is the rest of the story:
On 2/12/17, Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima and Philip Rucker of The Washington Post penned the following report, “Justice Department warned White House that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail, officials say.”
“The acting attorney general informed the Trump White House late last month that she believed Michael Flynn had misled senior administration officials about the nature of his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States, and warned that the national security adviser was potentially vulnerable to Russian blackmail, current and former U.S. officials said.”
“The message, delivered by Sally O. Yates and a senior career national security official to the White House counsel, was prompted by concerns that Flynn, when asked about his calls and texts with the Russian diplomat, had told Vice President-elect Mike Pence and others that he had not discussed the Obama administration sanctions on Russia for its interference in the 2016 election, the officials said. It is unclear what the White House counsel, Donald McGahn, did with the information.”
“In the waning days of the Obama administration, James R. Clapper Jr., who was the director of national intelligence, and John Brennan, the CIA director at the time, shared Yates’s concerns and concurred with her recommendation to inform the Trump White House. They feared that “Flynn had put himself in a compromising position” and thought that Pence had a right to know that he had been misled, according to one of the officials, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.”
“A senior Trump administration official said that the White House was aware of the matter, adding that “we’ve been working on this for weeks.”
“The current and former officials said that although they believed that Pence was misled about the contents of Flynn’s communications with the Russian ambassador, they couldn’t rule out that Flynn was acting with the knowledge of others in the transition.”
“The FBI, Yates, Clapper and Brennan declined to comment on the matter. The White House said in a statement Monday that Trump was “evaluating the situation” regarding Flynn.”
“In a Feb. 8 interview with The Washington Post, Flynn categorically denied discussing sanctions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, repeating public assertions made in January by top Trump officials. One day after the interview, Flynn revised his account, telling The Post through a spokesman that he “couldn’t be certain that the topic never came up.”
Two officials said a main topic of the relevant call was the sanctions. Officials also said there was no evidence that Russia had attempted to exploit the discrepancy between public statements by Trump officials and what Flynn had discussed.
This blog was last updated on 2/16/17.