Trump Transition Knew About Flynn’s Turkey Ties and Made Him NSC Adviser Anyway
For a few months, Rachel Maddow has been one of the few cable pundits at all skeptical of this narrative that ‘Poor Mike Pence was lied to by Mike Flynn and it’s just so wrong.’
One thing that Pence has shown going back to his debate with Tim Kaine, is he’s a very comfortable liar. He lies through his teeth but the media so far has acted snowed by his aw shucks Middle America poise.
So despite the fact that he is the one who was in charge of the Trump transition and should have known about Flynn’s Turkey and Russia ties, he just didn’t know it. Somehow that one got passed him. Nothing to see here, I’m just a poor guy from the Mid West.
Jeff Sessions added his own Southern boy shtick: no one’s perfect. Sometimes you have a brain fart and appoint a foreign agent as your NSC adviser. It could happen to anyone.
No one’s perfect. No reason to be too tough on this one.
Congressman Elijah Cummings had once and for all exploded this absurdity this week when he showed that he had written a letter directly addressed to Mike Pence warning that Flynn is a Turkish agent and has taken Russian money.
So why is Pence claiming not to have known to have had no way to know? He’s lying. Again, see that debate some time-the man is a congenital liar.
Now we know for a fact that the Trump WH itself did in fact vet Flynn and knew he was a foreign agent. Yet this didn’t stop them making him the NSC adviser about as high a position in the WH outside the POTUS and Veep.
— The Hill (@thehill) April 29, 2017
The White House and President Trump’s transition team reportedly did a background check on former national security adviser Michael Flynn in addition to his already approved security clearance, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported Friday evening.
“NBC News has learned from sources close to the Trump-Russia investigation that both the Trump transition and the White House did do a background check on Flynn,” Maddow said on her program, citing reporting from NBC’s Andrea Mitchell.
“This is in addition to his already approved security clearance. They did a background check on Flynn specifically for him to become national security adviser.”
Beyond the Mike Flynn and Jeff Sessions ‘Aw shucks, you try but you’re going to miss some things’ you have the Sean Spicer all purpose Obama hate my homework excuse which applies to anything apparently. If the Trump team is going to blame Obama for appointing old Lock Her Up to be NSC adviser they truly plan to apply it to everything.
“Trump and other White House officials have blamed former President Barack Obama for authorizing Flynn’s security clearance. Flynn served as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency under Obama before advising Trump’s campaign and joining his administration. ”
Maddow said Friday that NBC reporting showed that “the vetting of Flynn was done and sources close to the investigation tell NBC that it was done ‘very casually.'”
“One person involved tells NBC that the Trump transition was aware of Flynn’s business ties to Turkey,” she said.
Very casually. Like Trump does everything. Like he talks about going to nuclear war with North Korea or the Yemen raid or promising to solve all problems within the first day.
He’s surprised the WH is such a hard job. Thought it was less work than The Apprentice. Maybe he treats everything so casually as he thought this would be an easy job. Boy howdy, tougher than The Apprentice.
But the most important question here is: why did they still appoint him after knowing that he was a foreign agent?
It goes again to the questionable loyalty to this country of this entire WH and, of course, Russia collusion.
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