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Tag: national security adviser

Top Trump Advisers Mull Departure over Lingering Feud with President

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Two top advisers to Donald Trump may soon resign from the White House amid longstanding tensions with the president. 

National Security Adviser H.R. McCaster and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly have grown increasingly frustrated with Trump and are considering leaving the administration, four senior administration officials told Reuters

But if the past is any indication, the administration officials said the tensions could blow over. 

The most recent sign of conflict arose over the weekend, when Trump criticized the three-star general for saying the special counsel investigation shows “incontrovertible” evidence that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

McCaster is considering returning to the Pentagon, officials said. 

A rift between Trump and Kelly grew over the chief of staff’s handling of the resignation of White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who was accused by two-ex wives of domestic violence. 

Turnover has plagued Trump’s administration since he became president in January 2017. 

Trump Criticizes National Security Adviser for Saying Evidence Against Russia Is ‘Incontrovertible’

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

President Trump criticized his national security adviser’s assertion that it is now “incontrovertible” that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

H.R. McCaster “forgot today that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians,” Trump tweeted Sunday.

On Saturday, McCaster addressed the indictments against Russians accused of mounting a disinformation campaign to help Trump win the election.   

“As you can see with the F.B.I. indictment, the evidence is now really incontrovertible and available in the public domain, whereas in the past it was difficult to attribute,” McCaster said to an international audience at the Munich Security Conference.

The comments contradicted Trump’s repeated assertion that Russian interference was “ a hoax” perpetuated by the “fake media.”

But McCaster didn’t back down, using forceful language to describe the sweeping, 37-page indictment.

“The United States will expose and act against those who use cyberspace, social media and other means to advance campaigns of disinformation, subversion and espionage,” McMaster said.

Moments before McCaster took the stage, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov dismissed the indictments as “just blabber.”

Other Stories of Interest

New Signs That Flynn Is Turning into State Witness in Trump-Russia Probe

Former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An attorney for Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn has met with special counsel investigators in a move that could spell serious trouble for the president and his campaign.

The meeting between Flynn’s lawyer and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team raises an obvious question: Has Flynn turned into a state’s witness as part of a future plea deal?

Monday’s meeting, which was first reported by ABC News, comes after Flynn’s attorney, Robert Kelner, alerted Trump’s legal team that he is no longer communicating with them.

Flynn has been the subject of Mueller’s investigation and an FBI probe, in part because of undisclosed conversations he had with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

‘Big Trouble’ for Trump? Flynn’s Legal Team Stops Talking with President’s Lawyers

Former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Revelations that lawyers for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn have stopped communicating with President Trump’s legal team over the special counsel investigation is a good indication that he’s cooperating or negotiating a deal, legal experts said.

The New York Times first reported Thursday that Flynn’s lawyers have stopped sharing information with Trump’s attorneys about the investigation led by special counsel, Robert Mueller, whose legal team is trying to determine whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

Flynn has been a top target of the investigation and resigned as national security adviser after acknowledging he had secretly discussed sanction with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

“I negotiated a cooperation deal for a target with Mueller’s office when he was U.S. Atty and lemme tell ya, he’s not gonna give one to Flynn unless he implicates someone up the ladder. That means Kushner, Don Jr., or Big Daddy,” Norm Eisner, a former White House Special Counsel for Ethics, tweeted.

The Washington Post wrote, “If Flynn is indeed cooperating, Trump is in big trouble.”

The Post continued:

That’s because if Flynn is cooperating, it can only be because he has information to offer Mueller on someone more important than himself. That’s how it works. And who is more important than Flynn? Only a very small number of people. Among those implicated in this whole affair, that group may consist of Jared Kushner and Trump, and that’s about it.

Which means we may be getting closer to answering a question I’ve been asking for a long time: Why was President Trump so intensely focused on protecting Michael Flynn?

You’ll recall that Flynn was supposedly fired because he lied to Vice President Pence about his contacts with Russian officials during the campaign and the transition, claiming he had only exchanged pleasantries with them when in fact they had discussed substantive policy matters, something Pence then repeated to the media. This was always an odd explanation for the firing. Even more odd was the fact that immediately, President Trump began telling anyone who would listen what a great guy Michael Flynn is and how unfair the whole mess was to him.

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.