WH Pushes Back On Report Flynn Told Transition He Was Under Investigation

Pauline Gross
May 19, 2017

And despite the warning, Trump picked Flynn for the national security post. Flynn access to the president and almost every secret held by American intelligence agencies.

Flynn's disclosure, on January 4, was first made to the transition team's chief lawyer, Donald F. McGahn II, who is now the White House counsel.

In December, before Trump assumed office, Flynn talked to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about potentially lifting U.S. sanctions President Barack Obama had just levied on Russia.

The revelation, which emerged after Trump fired Comey on May 9, has thrown the White House into further chaos and has sparked discussion of impeachment.

While he didn't specifically reference recent controversies plaguing the White House during a speech to the Chamber of Commerce, Pence assured Trump's supporters that Trump would tackle "the issues that matter most to the American people".

Flynn, who ended up being fired from the position after just 24 days, is at the center of a sprawling federal investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Donald Trump has said he fired James Comey as FBI Director because he was '"unpopular", during a press conference with the Colombian president. General Michael Flynn to "stay strong" as federal investigators look into his foreign ties.

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A decorated retired general, Flynn during the Barack Obama adminstration was ousted as the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Alptekin is known to have close ties to Turkish President Recep Erdogan. Flynn is now at the heart of investigations into the Trump campaign's potential ties to the Kremlin. They spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid angering Justice Department or White House officials.

Before rejoining the government, Flynn founded a consulting firm, the Flynn Intel Group, and accepted several paid speaking engagements.

The newspaper claims Flynn's company signed a $600,000 deal with Inovo in August past year to "run an influence campaign aimed at discrediting Fethullah Gulen".

CBS News Paula Reid notes, however, that in the grand scheme of DOJ investigations, failing to register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), is not as high a priority as many perceive it to be.

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Oh, and the Daily Beast has published word from at least three sources who say that a "reluctant" Flynn did not want the national security advisor gig (citing a desire to keep his private life), but Trump pressured him into taking the job.

"Neither Michael Flynn nor his attorneys told Transition Counsel 'that he was under federal investigation for secretly working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the campaign, '" the statement added.

Those reported conversations, if true, would suggest Trump and his team knew about the investigation into Flynn well before it was reported.

Saddled with steep legal bills, Flynn wanted to reconnect with old friends and talk about potential future business opportunities.

McGinley now works in the White House as Cabinet secretary and deputy assistant to the president.

Flynn hired a lawyer a few weeks later.

On November 8-the same day Trump was elected-Flynn published an op-ed in The Hill, championing improved relations between Turkey and America, and describing Gulen as a "shady Islamic Mullah".

Around the time of Flynn's call with McGahn, the FBI began investigating Flynn on a separate matter: phone conversations he had in late December with Sergey I. Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the United States.

The question of what Pence knew and when first arose months earlier after reports surfaced that Flynn discussed sanctions with Russia's ambassador to Washington despite Pence's public claim to the contrary.

This is one of those stories that'll be dismissed as "FAKE NEWS!" and then, if Trump actually does re-appoint Flynn to something, the spin will change instantly to "Awesome!"

But Flynn's White House job became imperiled shortly after Justice Department lawyers began reading transcripts of recorded calls between Flynn and the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak. "He likes him, he trusted him, he was comfortable with him", he said...

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