CNN analyst: Sources say Mike Flynn may have turned on Trump and become a witness for the FBI (Raw Story link): As of Saturday evening, rumors are swirling that Pres. Donald Trump’s ousted national security adviser Mike Flynn has cut a deal with the FBI and is now informing on his old boss, the president.
CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem discussed the possibility in a panel discussion on Friday night when she said that former Trump foreign policy consultant Carter Page, ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort and longtime Trump ally Roger Stone will all testify before the House Intelligence Committee regarding their ties to Russia.
“It’s not that interesting to me because I don’t think they’ll be under oath,” Kayyem said. “The one name not mentioned is a name I mention often on this show: Mike Flynn, the former national security adviser.”
“It is starting to look like — from my sources and from open reporting — that Mike Flynn is the one who may have a deal with the FBI and that’s why we have not heard from him for some time,” she said.
Flynn, a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General, was forced to step down from the Trump administration when it came to light that he lied to Vice President Mike Pence and the public about his contacts with Russian Ambassador and former FSB spy recruiter Sergey Kislyak.
Even before Donald Trump was elected president, the rumors of Russia's involvement in the election and his campaign were running rampant. Since Election Day, many of those alleged rumors have been proven factual, with yet another bombshell possibly being uncovered over the weekend.
Flynn goes rogue
Not long after Donald Trump shocked the world with his historic upset win over Hillary Clinton last November, retired Gen. Michael Flynn was tapped to become the new National Security Adviser. However, Flynn wouldn't last long in the role after it was revealed that he had been in contact with top Russian government officials just weeks after the election.
Due to Trump's alleged ties to the Kremlin, the pressure mounted on the White House to make a move, and Flynn was asked to resign from his position. Since then, other members of Trump's campaign, or well-known outside advisers, have been exposed for their link to Russia. During a March 25 broadcast on CNN, a network analyst reported that Flynn may have reached a deal with the FBI to inform on Trump and the administration.
From my sources and what has been openly reported, it increasingly looks like #Flynn may have a deal with the FBI. #trumprussia pic.twitter.com/U0PHdexlFV — Juliette Kayyem (@juliettekayyem) March 25, 2017
Appearing on a Saturday CNN broadcast panel was Juliette Kayyem, the network's national security analyst, who revealed potentially troubling information about Michael Flynn and Donald Trump.
After confirming that three former Trump advisers, including ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort, former consultant Carter Page, and ex-campaign adviser Roger Stone, would all testify about their alleged ties to Russia in front of the House Intelligence Committee, Kayyem decided to shift the focus back to Flynn.
According to a Quinnipiac University survey released on Friday, 66 percent of those polled favor an independent commission, and 29 percent do not. Similarly, 65 percent consider Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election "very important" or "somewhat important."
The poll also found that 63 percent of registered voters are "somewhat" or "very" concerned about the president's relationship with Moscow. According to the survey, a majority disapproves of the way Trump is handling Washington's policy toward Russia, 59 percent to 27 percent.