Sean Spicer Seems not to Know Michael Flynn Was Fired From the DNI
The Trump version of the dog ate my homework is Obama did it. Now they’re even blaming Obama for their own choice to make Mike Flynn their NSC Director. Wish I was kidding. I mean I thought ‘Hillary invented birtherism’ was the must chutzpah ever but this is wow:
“Former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s security clearance was granted by the administration of former President Barack Obama, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said, shifting the blame away from the current White House for the legal troubles Flynn faces for his past dealings with foreign governments.”
“The Defense Department’s inspector general announced Thursday that it has launched an investigation into Flynn’s activities after retiring from the military in 2014, which included lobbying work for the Turkish government and a paid speech delivered at an event celebrating RT, a propaganda outlet of the Russian government. The Pentagon investigation of Flynn comes as separate inquiries in the House and Senate, as well as at the Department of Justice, look into Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election and into ties between Trump associates and the Kremlin.”
“Flynn, a retired lieutenant general and head of the Defense Intelligence Agency under Obama, resigned just weeks after Trump took office following reports that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and others about the nature of conversations he had had with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S.”
“General Flynn was a career military officer who maintained a high level security clearance throughout his career in the military. His clearance was last reissued by the Obama administration in 2016 with full knowledge of his activities that occurred in 2015,” Spicer said at Thursday’s press briefing. “Obviously there’s an issue that, as you point out, the Department of Defense inspector general is looking into. We welcome that. All of that clearance was made during the Obama administration and apparently with knowledge of the trip that [Flynn] took.”
So in other words, they claim they didn’t vet him-‘Obama vetted him so we don’t have to.’
Susan Hennessey’s response:
This is affirmatively false. Everyone has 5 year periodic re-investigation and there is *always* re-investigation after being out of access. https://t.co/QyvafVgwkD
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) April 27, 2017
Obama fired Flynn in 2014. That might have been a tip off.
Meanwhile, Flynn was warned on the foreign payments:
“Former national security adviser Michael Flynn was warned by the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014 against accepting foreign payments as he entered retirement, according to new documents obtained by the House oversight committee.”
“The inspector general of the Department of Defense also opened an investigation of Flynn earlier this month, according to an April 11 letter released by Democrats on the oversight committee Thursday.”
“These documents raise grave questions about why General Flynn concealed the payments he received from foreign sources after he was warned explicitly by the Pentagon,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House oversight committee, in a statement. “Our next step is to get the documents we are seeking from the White House so we can complete our investigation. I thank the Department of Defense for providing us with unclassified versions of these documents.”
If I had done one tenth of what she did, I’d be in jail.
“The April 11 letter from the inspector general did not specify what payment from a foreign government was at issue. But Mr. Flynn is known to have been paid more than $45,000 by RT, the Kremlin-financed news network, to give a speech in Moscow in December 2015.”
“More than two months after Mr. Flynn was fired as national security adviser, his links to Moscow continue to bedevil the Trump administration, which itself has been dogged by reports of ties between Russian officials and the president’s associates. The Senate and House Intelligence Committees and the F.B.I. are investigating allegations that Mr. Trump’s associates colluded with Russia before and after last year’s presidential election.”
“Mr. Flynn, an unconventional and often contentious former three-star Army general, is at the center of the inquiries. Apart from the paid speech in Moscow — a trip during which he was photographed dining at the elbow of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia — there are questions about conversations he had last year with the Russian ambassador to the United States. He was fired for misleading Vice President Mike Pence and other top officials about those conversations.”
“It is not clear whether Mr. Flynn is cooperating with any of the investigations. But last month, he offered to sit down with congressional investigators in exchange for immunity, a deal that lawmakers say was declined, at least for now.”
That Mr. Lock Him Up is in real danger of being locked up himself is enough for me to consider that maybe there is a Just and Merciful God out there somewhere.
A Haitian buddy of mine I used to work with put it well about Mike Flynn recently: God don’t like ugly.
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