Tuesday, February 14, 2017

NYT: Michael Flynn Resigns as National Security Adviser

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Mod: It's less than a month into the Trump administration and today we have a scandal of epic proportions. The big question now is how deeply have the Russians infiltrated the Trump administration. Nobody knows yet. But that is the question a lot of people in Washington are asking. Just don't say we didn't warn you.

Michael Flynn Resigns as National Security Adviser (New York Times link): Michael T. Flynn, the national security adviser, resigned on Monday night after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

Mr. Flynn, who served in the job for less than a month, said he had given “incomplete information” to about a telephone call he had with the ambassador in late December about American sanctions against Russia, weeks before Mr. Trump’s inauguration. Mr. Flynn previously had denied that he had any substantive conversations with Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak, and Mr. Pence repeated that claim in television as recently as earlier this month.

But on Monday, a former administration official said the Justice Department last month warned the White House that Mr. Flynn had not been fully forthright about his conversations with the ambassador. As a result, the Justice Department feared that Mr. Flynn could be vulnerable to blackmail by Moscow.

In his resignation letter, which the White House emailed to reporters, Mr. Flynn said he had held numerous calls with foreign officials during the transition. “Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador,” he wrote. “I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology.”

Mike Flynn might be done – but Trump’s nightmare has just begun (Irish Times link): Cast your mind back to four months ago, when Donald Trump was just a long-shot candidate with a hot-headed adviser by the name of Michael Flynn.

It was the homestretch of the presidential election and national security wasn’t some side issue, mentioned in passing. Trump promised he would be a tough national security president with the toughest national security team.

In fact his closing argument was that Hillary Clinton couldn’t be trusted with the country’s national security because, he claimed, she couldn’t be trusted with her private email server. It sounded ridiculous at the time. But after a month of this gonzo president, our memories are already fading. Propaganda will do that to you, as George Orwell warned us all in 1984. Sometimes two and two are four. Sometimes they are five.

Still, it’s true that the Trump campaign seized on the preposterous FBI investigation into Clinton’s emails to issue this press release: “Clinton’s Careless Use of a Secret Server Put National Security At Risk.”

Less than a week later, at their second presidential debate, Trump took the attack one step further, threatening to jail Clinton if he ever took power: “She didn’t know the word – the letter C on a document. Right? She didn’t even know what that word – what that letter meant.”

Let’s just pretend that Trump knew that C means Confidential, not Classified, as he was suggesting. Let’s even play along with the notion that Clinton’s server was a security risk to the country. What do Michael Flynn and Mar-a-Lago mean for national security?

BREAKING: Russia Scandal EXPLODES In Trump Admin.; Top Russian Stooge Is OUT (Addicting Info.org link): Donald Trump and his entire administration seem to be nothing more than Russian stooges. And no, this is not merely rumor; after all, even the intelligence community is so sure that the Kremlin has infiltrated Team Trump that they are withholding key intelligence from the White House. Now, it seems that things have gotten so hot that Trump’s loyal and treasured national security adviser, Retired General Michael Flynn, has resigned.

This move comes after a flurry of reports concerning Flynn’s pre-inauguration contacts with Russian officials. At first, the Trump team – including Mike Pence – went on national television and gave the whole “nothing to see here” speech regarding the phone calls. Flynn even flat-out denied speaking about important matters, such as sanctions, with the Russians.

Then, within the last few days, it was revealed that there were transcripts of the calls, and indeed, they reveal that Flynn discussed the sanctions that the United States had leveled against Russia in retaliation for interfering in the presidential race in order to help elect Trump. Apparently, Flynn lied to Pence about this, thus forcing Pence to lie to the American people. All of this seems to be too hot to handle for the Trump White House, so late Monday night, the news that Flynn was gone broke via CNN.

This administration is clearly compromised by Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin. There needs to be a thorough vetting of everyone in the Trump White House, and if there is evidence of criminal activity of any kind, those people need to prosecuted – and yes, that includes the president, Donald Trump. Our very security and lives and the survival of the republic depends on it.

It’s Official: The CIA and DOJ Believe Trump’s Team Is Under Russian Blackmail (Occupy Democrats link): Before being fired last month by President Trump, then acting Attorney General Sally Yates warned the White House that national security adviser Michael Flynn was potentially vulnerable to Russian blackmail.

It is now believed that Flynn communicated with not only Russia’s Ambassador to the U.S.Sergey Kislyak, but other Russian officials inside the Kremlin including President Vladimir Putin to discuss the possibly lifting sanctions against Russia imposed by former president Barack Obama.

When questioned, Flynn told Vice President Mike Pence that they did not discuss the Obama administration’s sanctions against Russia. This is now confirmed by multiple sources to be untrue as evidence suggests that Flynn likely made promises that Trump would quickly review the sanctions. It was later discovered that Flynn even used encryption technology for some of his communications.

Troublingly, there is no evidence to suggest that Pence – or anyone in the Trump administration – was ever unaware of Flynn’s actions. Given the nature of Trump’s relationship with Putin, it is not hard to believe that Flynn could have been acting under Trump’s direct orders.

US Spies Withholding Intel from White House Because they Know Russia Is Listening (Alternet.org link): U.S. intelligence operatives are withholding sensitive information from the White House for the first time in history because they believe that Russia will find out anything they tell Pres. Donald Trump and his aides.

The New York Observer — which is owned by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner — reported Sunday that the intelligence community (IC) is “pushing back” against an administration it believes is incompetent, dishonest, leaky and “penetrated by the Kremlin.”

“Our Intelligence Community is so worried by the unprecedented problems of the Trump administration — not only do senior officials possess troubling ties to the Kremlin, there are nagging questions about basic competence regarding Team Trump — that it is beginning to withhold intelligence from a White House which our spies do not trust,” wrote former analyst for the National Security Agency Jack R. Schindler.

‘What did he know and when did he know it’: David Gergen asks when Trump knew about Flynn blackmail risk (Raw Story link): Saying “This is very serious,” former White House adviser David Gergen invoked the ghost of the Watergate cover-up after it was reported that President Donald Trump was warned Gen. Michael Flynn was a possible security risk subject to blackmail by the Russians.

Late Monday night, the Washington Post reported that the Trump White House had been warned that Flynn was a risk by acting Attorney General Sally Yates — an opinion seconded by former CIA director John Brennan and former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper.

Yates was famously fired by Trump for failing to back his immigration ban on Muslims and refugees.

Discussing the bombshell report, Gergen, who wrote former President Richard Nixon’s resignation letter, said the report is a major development and could impact more than Flynn.

“David,” a stunned CNN host Anderson Cooper said to Gergen, “It doesn’t stop. We don’t have the reporting on this, it comes from the Washington Post.”

“What is missing from the story so far is the president of the United States. When did he know and when did he know it,” Gergen said, invoking former Sen Howard Baker’s comment that opened the gates for Nixon’s resignation in the face of impeachment.

“If they had a report to the legal counsel, the general counsel would have presumably reported to the president, why is Flynn still there?” Gergen continued. “It’s unimaginable that the White House general counsel would sit on it, not tell anybody else in the White House. In every White House I’ve ever been in, this would go to the president like that,” he said as he snapped his fingers.

“This is very serious stuff. If you’re told that your national security adviser is potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians, that is extremely serious,” he concluded.

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64 comments:

  1. LOCK HIM UP

    Flynn too

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  2. So which is worse, Hillary's unsecured server or Trump's unsecured National Security Advisor?

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  3. Crooked trump. Not even a month into it and the first scandalous resignation.

    Swamp zit just popped. Supported only by fools and fanatics.

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  4. Trump conducted a photo op at Mar-a-Lago with the Japanes Prime Minister and some top security documents spread around the table. Plus some tourist got to have his picture taken with the nuclear football? This is a disaster in the making.

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  5. The White House Is Already In Flames - What did the president know and when did he know it?

    WASHINGTON ― National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is gone ― that didn’t take long ― but he leaves behind a famous and fateful question: What did the president know and when did he know it?

    Donald J. Trump has been president for less than a month, and already the Watergate query is all the capital is talking about, and, as a result, there is a widespread sense of a White House in deep, perhaps cataclysmic, trouble.

    The list of failures and missteps of the Trump administration is as well known as it is long: a litany of patently obvious lies to the public and the press; mismanagement and vicious infighting; several malodorous Cabinet choices; mixed messages from on high, many of them coming within minutes of each other; leaks that gush like a fire hydrant; national security lapses that would be comical if they were not so risky; and a job approval rating lower at this point than that of any new president in memory.

    But all of that is as nothing compared with the conflagration now.

    http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_58a29e1ee4b0ab2d2b187775?

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  6. Flynn, fell on his sword, for the President.

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    1. It won't be enough.

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    2. What did President Obama mean when he spoke to his pal Vlad, before he was re elected; picked up on a "hot mike"?
      Went something like this "just wait, things will be different for you; when I'm re elected".
      General Fylnn; on "tapped" phone lines, a day before being sworn in, was over heard saying to a pal of Vlad; don't worry, the promises Obama made to you, will be honered and held in place

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    3. Trump guy is back, and with perhaps his most ridiculous BS yet. What Flynn discussed with Putin was the sanctions Obama put on Russia for interfering with our presidential election. Flynn's message being things would be much better under Trump.

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    4. Trump fool getting desperate.

      Wouldn't it be fun, though not particularly challenging, to play poker with a fish like him?

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    5. Nice try trump guy- Obama was the elected president of the US.

      You're the zit that get popped here every day.

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  7. 10 unanswered questions after Michael Flynn’s resignation
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/02/14/daily-202-10-unanswered-questions-after-michael-flynn-s-resignation/58a25127e9b69b1406c75cb0/

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  8. Some swampy republican senator was on the news saying 'these things happen... not a big deal... particularly in a new administration..."

    Disgusting.

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    1. You have to wonder how many Republicans are in the tank for Putin.

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    2. If Pence becomes President will he be 46 or 45.1? Inquiring minds want to know.

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  9. Senator Gergen, "this is very serious stuff". Now Russia will expell Edward Snowden from Russia.

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  10. That "tourist "wasn't there for Nuclear Football, he was there for Nuclear Golf, duh; like you saw the photo, it was taken at the Golf Course!

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    1. Wherever Donny goes, the nuclear football is right there with him. And for $10,000 you can get your picture taken with it. How cool would that look on your Facebook page?

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    1. I can't believe you tried to post something that nasty twice.

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  12. Lock him up! In Flynn's own words: (Washington Post) - You might recall that Flynn led the crowd at the Republican National Convention in chants of “Lock Her Up” last summer. “If I did a tenth of what she did, I would be in jail today,” he said, referring to Hillary Clinton.

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    1. The fools that voted for him got totally suckered.

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  13. Nasty women rule. "If I did a tenth of what she did, I would be in jail today", Flynn leads chant of"lock her up"; lock up the big "C"!!!

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  14. For $10,000.00 you can get your picture taken with "it"?
    The alt-left Progressives don't identify with individuals. They are empowered by globs of mobs robotic bit "think".
    Unless "you" think "it"is an object? "You" accuse President Trump of the same; when addressing women. Try Google; Nuclear Football !

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    1. I am not sure what you are getting at here. You mean to say addressing the nuclear football as "it" is disrespectful and shows dangerous leftwing leanings?

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    2. No such thing as 'alt-left'.

      And you can't distract your way out of this. Every fake argument your made the last six months about trump draining the swamp and being free of corruption has been proven wrong.

      This is not a game of anonymous football. This is real life.

      Why do you still support him? Are you getting paid to?

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    3. One of the worst things about the Trump supporters is that the more facts that prove his incompetence, the more they commit to him.

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    4. They live in the Fox bubble.

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  15. So that the President isn't unfairly tarnished, Dems, FBI, CIA, and NSA really need to step up the inquiry and fully investigate what the President knew and when.

    Along these lines, Congress needs to request the President's tax returns. Here's an article suggesting a 1920's era law that will enable them to do so. Dem Rep Says Rarely Invoked Law Could Make Trump Release Taxes
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bill-pascrell-trump-tax-returns

    Surely, the Republican committee chair will agree that the President's tax returns are necessary to clear his good name on all these issues.

    Of course, out of an abundance of caution, the lawyers and accountants who helped prepare those tax returns may want, in the unlikely event of any improprieties in those returns, to invoke any whistleblower status/protections available and release the returns to law enforcement. If they are wrong and there are no improprieties, they can still take pride in helping clear the President and restoring his good name.

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  16. Looping, comedy act from House Democrats. Sad to witness dementia on public display. Term limits really need to by set, these politicians have served well in the past but now need to resign and allow real "work" to begin.
    Do the right thing, follow Gen. Flynn's example.
    The Democratic party is in chaos and may not be able to recover.

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    1. You're dreaming. Everytime Trump makes another idiotic blunder the democrats get stronger. Trump's approval numbers are historically low for a new president, and getting worse.

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    2. You can't distract your way out of this. Every fake argument you've made the last six months about trump 'draining the swamp' and being free of corruption has been proven wrong.

      How can you still support him?

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  17. I'll say one thing for Trump: this may be the most historic first 100 days in presidential history.

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    1. His first hundred days in jail will prove historic

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    2. Maybe it's for the best that Guantanamo wasn't closed. They'll be able to give Trump a nice jumpsuit that matches his hair.

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  18. The song playing at the Grammy's was "Blurry Face", it won. "Poker Face" another good song.

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  19. Anonymous Football? This "is" real life! Just like the Moderator posting a photoshop "real life" pic of Vladimir sitting at the lunch table with Fylnn. It's obvious that there are those in the "old" administration "leaking"information about real news and trust.

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    1. 10:50, get a grip.

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    2. I don't think it is leakers. I think the spy agencies are finding out some things. They know Trump works for Moscow.

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  20. I cannot trust that the bloggers on this site will not change their understandings of what is in their best interest. Leaks are exposed constantly on this site; little to no factual backings. Fake News abounds. Hollywood entertainment.

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    1. Each article is carefully cited. Which news source do you have a problem with? Also, please consider that we are talking about an act of possible treason here. Any opinions about that?

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    2. Anything detrimental to Mr. Trump is fake, right?
      How else can you shore up the fantasy that he is a man of any substance at all.

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    3. Do even know the difference between a "blogger" and an anonymous commenter? Redundant question obviously not.

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  21. Russian Spy Ship 70 miles off the coast of Delaware. Just in case Vlad can't eavesdrop on picking up communications, he'll wait for a "hand-off" of information from the alt-left staff employed in the White House.

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    1. Did your dog tell you that?

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    2. Yeah, 11:20 is beyond rational thought.

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    3. You can't distract your way out of this. Every fake argument you've made the last six months about 'draining the swamp' and being free of corruption has been proven wrong.

      How can you still support him?

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  22. No, you shouldn't trust poodles. Both Putin and Obama own them.

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    1. Donald looks very proud when Vlad takes him out for his walk.

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  23. New reports are coming out that Trump knew about Flynn's treason weeks ago. Covered it up.

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  24. This President is great. He continues to dumbfound those people that are stuck in one mind set. President Trump's strength is his business background. He is neither way left or way right. He's just right for the menial generation. He gives enough rope for "you" government employees to "hang" yourselves. Then "boom" just like an un vetted foreigner; attempting to destroy.
    The "old" bi- partisan committees get on T.V., do the "twist and shout"; then take rhe rest of the day off. DRAIN THE SWAMP.

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    1. Kellyanne! Didn't realize you read the Tattler too. Keep up the great work! Rainbows and unicorns...

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    2. You do realize that you're just stringing un related words together and when they are read in a sentence or paragraph they make absolutely no sense?

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  25. Chief Standing RockFebruary 14, 2017 at 1:25 PM

    Keith Obermann, over the many years he has been on the media, has consistently shown a truthful and intellectual approach to matters concerning our Republic. You would be well advised to check out his GQ site, the Resistance, and enlighten yourselves. He has been advocating for quite some time now for the clear and present evidence that the current regime in the WH is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors. And I believe that, too.

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  26. "Let's Make a Deal"!!!
    Governor Jerry Brown has asked for Federal Funds to cover costs of the Damaged Spill Way in Northern California. Dam; how do you say NO Santuary State?

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    1. You can't distract your way out of this. Every fake argument you've made the last six months about 'draining the swamp' and Trump being free of corruption has been proven wrong.

      How can you still support him?

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    2. Might as well be a scientologist.

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    3. The Federal Gov't works for the states idiot.

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    4. More importantly, how do you correctly spell 'santuary' state?

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  27. I am rereading 1984. There are so many scary simularities to this administration...rewriting facts in The Ministry of Truth...newspeak reducing vocabulary - does Trump know how to say anything besides "This is going to be great," or huge.

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