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Trump Transition Team Knew Flynn Was Under Investigation Before Trump Appointed Him National Security Advisor

Former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn

Former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Here’s a pretty good reason why President Donald Trump should have known better than to appoint Michael T. Flynn national security adviser under the circumstances.

The New York Times reports that 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. The paper cites “two people familiar with the case.”

Despite that Trump proceeded to appoint him to the important position.

Flynn first made the disclosure about the investigation on Jan. 4 to the transition team’s chief lawyer, Donald F. McGahn II, the Times reports.

Sally Yates Reveals She Warned President Trump about Michael Flynn

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sally Q. Yates thought she had urgent information.

Less than a week after Trump took office, the acting attorney general rushed to the White House with news that National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had lied to the vice president and was vulnerable to blackmail by Russian officials, the New York Times reports.

“We wanted to tell the White House as quickly as possible,” Yates told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Monday. “To state the obvious: You don’t want your national security adviser compromised with the Russians.”

But Trump didn’t fire Flynn, who remained in office for 18 more days. Flynn finally lost his job when the media exposed his false statements.

Yates said she has no idea why Trump waited so long.

“I don’t have any way of knowing what, if anything, they did,” Yates said. “If nothing was done, then certainly that would be concerning.”

The FBI also is investigating whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to influence the presidential election.

CNN Analyst: Michael Flynn May Be Cooperating with FBI’s Probe of Russia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser who resigned after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his relations with Russia, may be talking with the FBI, a CNN national security analyst believes.

Citing sources, Juliette Kayyem said “Mike Flynn is the one who may have a deal with the FBI.”

He added, “That’s why we have not heard from him for some time.”

But Kayyem later walked back some of her claims, writing on Facebook, “I did not say on this segment that I have any confirmation that he is actually cooperating or that I have talked to anyone who does.”

Kayyem said her sources “are increasingly wondering” whether Flynn is cooperating with the FBI investigation into Russian interference during the presidential election.

Flynn Lied to FBI about Talking with Russia about Sanctions

Former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn

Former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn lied to FBI agents in an interview last month about the nature of his discussions with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., current and former officials told the Washington Post

Intelligence agencies intercepted communications that showed Flynn discussed sections against Russia, which he denied to in a Jan. 24 interview with the FBI.

Flynn’s denial may place him in legal jeopardy because it’s a felony offense to lie to the FBI.

Whether Flynn is actually charged is another question. That decision falls to President Trump’s Justice Department.

FBI Investigated Flynn’s Conversations with Russian Ambassador

Former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn

Former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Shortly after President took office, the FBI began questioning ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador, the New York Times reports. 

While it’s not yet clear what Flynn said during the interviews, he faces potential felony charges of lying to FBI investigators.

Flynn resigned Monday after it was discovered that he discussed sanctions against Russia with the country’s ambassador.

On Jan. 26, the Justice Department altered the White House that Flynn could be subjected to blackmail by the Russian because of what he said n the phone calls.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday that Trump knew Flynn wasn’t truthful with administration officials about the conversations.

“We’ve been reviewing and evaluating this issue with respect to General Flynn on a daily basis for a few weeks, trying to ascertain the truth,” Spicer said.

FBI Investigating Michael Flynn Over Meeting with Russian Ambassador

National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn

National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump and his inner circle have repeatedly denied that his team had contact with Russian officials immediately after the presidential election.

Turns out, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn communicated with a Russian ambassador to the U.S. in the month before Trump was sworn in as president.

The FBI is investigating whether Flynn, a retired general, played a role in U.S. foreign policy by communicating with the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, the Washington Examiner reports.

Flynn may have violated law if he undermined President Obama’s actions by promising a different outcome for the Russians.

Democrats were incensed.

“If this new report is true, we need to ask not only whether General Flynn should be leading our national security efforts, but whether he should even hold a security clearance,” Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said.