aside President Trump’s Former NSA Adviser General Mike Flynn Pleads “Guilty” To Felony Charge By FBI

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Dear Republicans, Merry Christmas! , You can no longer get way with your claims that the accusations against the president’s campaign surrogates and those in his administration regarding the FBI’s Russian probe, being a nothing burger, since the president’s  former National Security Adviser General Mike Flynn has just agreed to a guilty plea deal with the FBI.

This is my personal analysis regarding this news event. On December 1, 2017, news media outlets are reporting that the republican President Donald J. Trump’s former National Security Adviser General Mike Flynn has agreed to a plea deal with the FBI’s Special Counsel Robert Mueller III, where he is pleading guilty to a single felony charge of lying to the FBI, regarding questions about his role in working with the president and his surrogates to collude with Russia to win the US presidency in exchange for the lifting of US sanctions against Russia. In exchange for this favorable deal, General Flynn had to agree to cooperate (sing like a canary) with the FBI.

There will be Federal court hearing scheduled for this morning (12/1/17) in Washington DC where General Flynn will admit to a guilty plea.

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Here’s the rest of the story…

On December 1, 2017, David Kocieniewski and Greg Farrell of Bloomberg penned the following report, “Michael Flynn Expected To Plead Guilty to Lying To FBI.”

Excerpts:

“Michael Flynn who was fired (2/13/17) as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser after revelations that he lied about his communications with Russia’s ambassador, is expected to plead guilty Friday morning (12/1/17) to lying to federal agents about the contact.”

“The charge against Flynn, 58, adds another prominent defendant to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Mueller has already secured indictments against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy, as well as a guilty plea from a junior foreign policy adviser.”
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“The single charge is outlined in a criminal information unsealed Friday in a Washington, D.C. court. Flynn is scheduled to appear at a plea hearing in a Washington D.C. court at 10:30 a.m., according to the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.”

“Flynn, 58, was forced to resign less than a month into Trump’s term. The White House was warned by the Justice Department that Flynn could be subjected to blackmail because his dealings with Russians hadn’t been disclosed.”

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“After he left the administration, Flynn filed an updated foreign registration form showing that he hadn’t disclosed multiple contacts and payments from foreign entities while serving as an campaign adviser to Trump starting in February 2016.”

“At the time, Flynn, a retired Army general, ran a consulting business called Flynn Intel Group. In one case, Flynn’s company received $530,000 from Inovo BV, a Dutch company working on behalf of Turkey’s government, to lobby the U.S. for extradition of a dissident cleric who has opposed President Recep Erdogan of Turkey.”

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“He’s also disclosed payments from RT, described in an unclassified U.S. intelligence report as “the Kremlin’s principal international propaganda outlet,” and Kaspersky Government Security, a cybersecurity business that U.S. authorities say works closely with Russia’s main intelligence agency, the FSB.”

“Flynn initially drew scrutiny for a secret meeting that he and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, had with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak of Russia last December in Trump Tower. Agents for the Federal Bureau of Investigation later asked Flynn in January whether he had talked with Kislyak about sanctions imposed by President Barack Obama in retaliation for Russia’s election meddling.”

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“Flynn, who as a private citizen during those conversations was barred from negotiating with foreign powers, told the agents that sanctions hadn’t come up, the Washington Post has reported. The Justice Department informed the White House that Flynn’s denial contradicted the contents of phone calls intercepted by intelligence agencies, potentially exposing him to blackmail by Moscow, the newspaper reported, citing unnamed current and former U.S. officials.”

“Flynn is a retired Army lieutenant general who rose to the top of the military’s intelligence apparatus during a career notable for both his battlefield successes and his breeches of the Pentagon’s chain-of-command.”

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“After he was fired by Obama in 2014 for bucking his military superiors, Flynn started a private lobbying and consulting practice that did business in foreign countries including Russia and Turkey. Flynn didn’t disclose those contacts and payments, as required, when applying for his security clearance to work in the Trump White House, even though several of his clients worked on behalf of the Russian and Turkish governments.”

“The FBI’s investigation of Flynn gave rise to the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the wider Russia probe. Even after Flynn’s firing, Trump defended him publicly, calling him a “very good person.”  In private, Trump asked his FBI director, James Comey, to end the examination of Flynn, Comey has testified. After (FBI Director) Comey refused, he was fired, he said. Soon after, Mueller was appointed as special counsel.”

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“The charge against Flynn casts a renewed spotlight on Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions recused himself from any investigation into Russia’s attempts to influence the 2016 election after Democratic lawmakers accused him of lying to Congress about his own conversations with Russian officials.”

“Flynn’s 33-year military career stretched from the 1983 Granada invasion, where he was a platoon leader, to stints as director of intelligence for the U.S. Central Command, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the International Security Assistance Force. He retired in 2014 after Obama fired him as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.”

[Click here to read the charge against Flynn]

Read more: What’s known about Congress’s Russia probes

17 comments

  1. There was most certainly Russian hacking and propaganda involved, yet almost impossible to prove. Plenty of circumstantial evidence from 3rd party hackers testifying in US court working with Russian Intelligence. Unfortunately there’s never any definitive evidence, so Russian officials simply deny any and all allegations.
    FSB is way too savvy to interfere directly, always one step ahead of the law by using proxies and independent “contractors” to do their dirty work.

    Lada Ray has written a whole report about this type of covert operation from foreign gov’ts, it is very insidious.
    This has prompted the Obama administration to obtain a FISA warrant to monitor communications between Trump and Russian officials. This is primarily what Mueller is investigating, however like Lada reported, Russia always used proxy agents to slip messages covertly. Perfect example is sending Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya as a feeler to meet with Trump’s campaign team.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/10/27/report-russian-lawyer-who-met-trump-jr-discussed-memo-kremlin/807188001/

    Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met with President Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. in the heat of the 2016 presidential election, spoke with a top Russian official beforehand, according a report.

    The New York Times reported Friday that Veselnitskaya discussed the contents of a memo she believed damaging to the Democratic Party and Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton with Russia’s prosecutor general, Yuri Chaika. The report is based off interviews and records, The Times reported.

    The meeting — which was also attended by six other people, including former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner — is one of the subjects of the ongoing Russia investigations by Congress and special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

    Trump Jr. disclosed emails earlier this year that show he took the Trump Tower meeting believing Veselnitskaya would provide him potentially damaging information about Clinton – and that he was told the material would come from the Russian government.

    Veselnitskaya has previously denied having any information about Clinton and said she did not know why Trump Jr. believed he was going to receive damaging information at the meeting. According to the The Times report, Veselnitskaya says the memo came from her own research and did not take any direction from the Kremlin.

    Yet the memo she brought with her meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016, according to The Times, was reportedly very similar to one that Chaika’s office had given to California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher.

  2. Dear !EarthUnited,

    Thanks for all your insights.

    This is what’s important about General Flynn’s cooperation with the FBI. He knows where all the bones (secrets) are buried. There is no way that General Flynn would have been granted a favorable plea deal without him proffering for the record what he knows about President Trump’s activities regarding Russia.

    There will be proof coming.

    Hugs, Gronda

    • Very good points! I’m excited to see what hard evidence SC Mueller can gather and use to prosecute Trump with. We all know he’s guilty of something, just a matter of time all will be revealed.

  3. I was just really disappointed that the part about him being willing to testify against “candidate Trump” turned out to be just some over-zealous reporting. I thought we had him for a minute there.

    • Dear Matt,

      I am not basing on my assumption that General Flynn is singing like a canary on news reports, but rather my conclusion is based on knowledge as to how a professional experienced competent, savvy prosecutor like the FBI’S Special Counsel Robert Mueller III acts.

      There is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY THAT MR. MUELLER WOULD HAVE AGREED TO THE FAVORABLE PLEA DEAL GRANTED GENERAL FLYNN WITHOUT HIM HAVING PROFFERED WHAT HE KNOWS. IT IS THIS THIS PROFFER THAT WILL BE MAKING THE WHITE HOUSE VERY NERVOUS.

      HUGS, Gronda

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