aside It Turns Out Flynn Told All To The White House Way Before He Was Hired

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There are so many shoes dropping in the republican President Donald Trump in the Trump/ Russian saga, that it is almost impossible to keep up, and the latest tidbit is a doozy. It turns out that the LT. General Mike Flynn had advised the president’s transition team that he was under investigation by the FBI, weeks before the president’s inauguration. And yet, he was still hired as the president’s national security adviser.

Here’s the rest of the story…

On 5/17/17, Matthew Rosenberg and Mark Mazzetti of the New York Times penned the following report, “Trump Team Knew Flynn Was Under Investigation Before He Came to White House.”

Excerpts:

“Michael T. Flynn told President Trump’s transition team weeks before the inauguration that he was under federal investigation for secretly working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the campaign, according to two people familiar with the case.”

“Despite this warning, which came about a month after the Justice Department notified Mr. Flynn of the inquiry, Mr. Trump made Mr. Flynn his national security adviser. The job gave Mr. Flynn access to the president and nearly every secret held by American intelligence agencies.”

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Donald F. McGahn II

“Mr. Flynn’s disclosure, on Jan. 4, was first made to the transition team’s chief lawyer, Donald F. McGahn II, who is now the White House counsel. That conversation, and another one two days later between Mr. Flynn’s lawyer and transition lawyers, shows that the Trump team knew about the investigation of Mr. Flynn far earlier than has been previously reported.”

“His legal issues have been a problem for the White House from the beginning and are at the center of a growing political crisis for Mr. Trump. Mr. Flynn, who was fired after 24 days in the job, was initially kept on even after the acting attorney general, Sally Q. Yates, warned the White House that he might be subject to blackmail by the Russians for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of conversations he had with the Russian ambassador to Washington.”

Image result for photos of comey and flynn“After Mr. Flynn’s dismissal, Mr. Trump tried to get James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, to drop the investigation — an act that some legal experts say is grounds for an investigation of Mr. Trump for possible obstruction of justice. He fired Mr. Comey on May 9.”

“Mr. Flynn, a retired general, is one of a handful of Trump associates under scrutiny in intertwined federal investigations into their financial links to foreign governments and whether any of them helped Russia interfere in the presidential election.”

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Andrew McCabe

In congressional testimony, the acting F.B.I. director, Andrew G. McCabe, has confirmed the existence of a “highly significant” investigation into possible collusion between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russian operatives to sway the presidential election. The pace of the investigations has intensified in recent weeks, with a veteran espionage prosecutor, Brandon Van Grack, now leading a grand jury inquiry in Northern Virginia that is scrutinizing Mr. Flynn’s foreign lobbying and has begun issuing subpoenas to businesses that worked with Mr. Flynn and his associates.”

“The New York Times has reviewed one of the subpoenas. It demands all “records, research, contracts, bank records, communications” and other documents related to work with Mr. Flynn and the Flynn Intel Group, the business he set up after he was forced out as chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014.”

Image result for photos of Ekim Alptekin,“The subpoena also asks for similar records about Ekim Alptekin, a Turkish businessman who is close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and is chairman of the Turkish-American Business Council. There is no indication that Mr. Alptekin is under investigation.”

“Signed by Dana J. Boente, the United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, the subpoena instructs the recipient to direct any questions about its contents to Mr. Van Grack.”

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Mr. Van Grack, a national security prosecutor based at the Justice Department headquarters in Washington, has experience conducting espionage investigations. He prosecuted a businessman for illegally exporting thousands of sensitive electronics components to Iran and a suspected hacker in the Syrian Electronic Army. In 2015, he prosecuted a Virginia man for acting as an unregistered agent of Syria’s intelligence services.”

“The people close to Mr. Flynn said he believed that when that warning did not dissuade Mr. Trump from making him national security adviser, the Justice Department opened its investigation into his lobbying work. They spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid angering Justice Department or White House officials.”

“The investigation stems from the work Mr. Flynn did for Inovo BV, a Dutch company owned by Mr. Alptekin, the Turkish businessman. On Aug. 9, Mr. Flynn and the Flynn Intel Group signed a contract with Inovo for $600,000 over 90 days to run an influence campaign aimed at discrediting Fethullah Gulen, an reclusive cleric who lives in Pennsylvania and whom Mr. Erdogan has accused of orchestrating a failed coup in Turkey last summer.”

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Ekim Alptekin,

“When he was hired by Mr. Alptekin, Mr. Flynn did not register as a foreign agent, as required by law when an American represents the interests of a foreign government. Only in March (2017) did he file a retroactive registration  with the Justice Department because his lawyer, Robert K. Kelner, said that “the engagement could be construed to have principally benefited the Republic of Turkey.”

“Trump campaign officials first became aware of a problem with Mr. Flynn’s business dealings in early November. On Nov. 8, the day of the election, Mr. Flynn wrote an op-ed in The Hill that advocated improved relations between Turkey and the United States and called Mr. Gulen “a shady Islamic mullah.”

“If he were in reality a moderate, he would not be in exile, nor would he excite the animus of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government,” the op-ed said.”

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“Days later, after an article in The Daily Caller revealed that the Flynn Intel Group had a contract with Inovo, a Trump campaign lawyer held a conference call with members of the Flynn Intel Group, according to one person with knowledge of the call. The lawyer, William McGinley, was seeking more information about the nature of the group’s foreign work and wanted to know whether Mr. Flynn had been paid for the op-ed.”

“Mr. McGinley now works in the White House as cabinet secretary and deputy assistant to the president.”

“The Justice Department also took notice. The op-ed in The Hill raised suspicions that Mr. Flynn was working as a foreign agent, and in a letter dated Nov. 30, the Justice Department notified Mr. Flynn that it was scrutinizing his lobbying work.”

“Around the time of Mr. Flynn’s call with Mr. McGahn, the F.B.I. began investigating Mr. Flynn on a separate matter: phone conversations he had in late December with Sergey I. Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the United States. Current and former American officials said that, on the calls, Mr. Flynn discussed sanctions that the Obama administration had imposed on Russia for disrupting the November election.”

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SERGEY KISLYAK

“After news of the calls became public, Mr. Flynn misled Mr. Pence about what he had discussed with Mr. Kislyak, telling him that the two had only exchanged holiday pleasantries.”

“Days after the inauguration, Ms. Yates, the acting attorney general, spoke with Mr. McGahn at the White House, telling him Justice Department lawyers believed that Mr. Flynn might be vulnerable to Russian blackmail. Since the Russians knew that Mr. Flynn had lied to the vice president, she said, they might have leverage over him.”

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10 comments

  1. Hi Gronda, in Nov 2018 the Republicans could lose one or both houses if this keeps up. That would definitely open the impeachment door, makes me wonder how they can continue to back a losing horse. (no disrespect to horses). My scans of global news shows many reporters refer to that person as trump and not as president trump… there is no respect, that person is hurting America.

    • Dear Steele646,

      This is now the beginning of the end. This time, DDT’s firing of the FBI Director James Comey was his Waterloo.

      With the US Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein assigning the Special Counset Robert Mueller to over see the Trump/ Russian saga probe, “we the people” in the USA can breathe a sigh of relief. This investigation has now been removed from partisan politics. Mr. Mueller is highly regarded by both sides of the aisle, and deservedly so. Whatever he determines will be accepted by the public.

      But as of right now, if the voters had their way, democrats would rule.

      Hugs Mate, Gronda

  2. Setting aside the actual content of this post (to which, aaargh) I have to ask, as a Brit, what is all this ‘shoe dropping’ stuff about? It keeps being said in reports of the goings-on over there and I have no idea where it came from or how long it’s been in common usage…

    • Dear Memoirsofahusk,

      That’s a good question about the American frequently used idiom, “Waiting for the other shoe to drop.”

      I found the following from “Rolls off the Tongue” blog:

      WAITING FOR THE OTHER SHOE TO DROP
      Origin: Early 20th Century, American English – The most likely origin of this expression comes from living in tenement apartments in large American cities in the early 1900’s. These were flimsy apartment buildings with thin walls and not very thick floors. The individual apartments, or flats, were also quite small but still held large families. Husbands would work all hours trying to make a living. They would come home late at night and sit on a bed or chair and take off their heavy work shoes one at a time, sometimes tossing them to the floor with no care for how it sounded to the people living immediately below. If it was very late and the people downstairs were asleep they might be awakened by the first shoe dropping. Then they couldn’t fall back to sleep until the guy upstairs dropped his second, or other shoe.
      Usage: Informal, spoken, general American and British English
      Idiomatic Meaning: Waiting for something you expect to happen, waiting for the inevitable.

      Ciao, Gronda

  3. Gronda, excellent work. Outside of the obvious, two things jump out. Flynn’s consulting work to discredit the PA based cleric is further evidence that Erdogan staged the failed coup to crack down on dissent.

    Also, this piece supports what was reported when Flynn was fired that Trump overruled his transition team to hire Flynn. He knew better and obviously did not know the gravity of the concerns.

    Mueller will hopefully shed more light on what has and is transpiring. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      I am so thrilled over the appointment of Robert Mueller as the Special Counsel in charge of the FBI’s investigation of the Trump/ Russian saga probe. This takes this inquiry outside of partisan politics to where the public can trust whatever it is, that Mr. Mueller determines.

      Mr. Mueller is so well respected by both sides of the aisle, that if DDT were to try to fire him, it would be tantamount to DDT signing his confession. Then even the republicans would cooperate in starting the impeachment process.

      Ciao, Gronda

      • Gronda, with a man of his caliber and respect, Mueller is the antithesis of our President who continues his schtick that people are out to get him, a witchhunt, as he calls it. Keith

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