Walls Closing in on General Michael Flynn
With the news that Flynn did talk about sanctions with Russia, someone has to be punished. Of course, Mike Pence repeated the lie that Flynn didn’t discuss the sanctions. But Pence is too big a fish-VP and all. So Flynn is the one who ultimately will take the fall.
Pence will just cop to being stupid enough to take Flynn at his word-who was stupid enough to lie about something for which there are transcripts.
Now the CIA is denying clearance to Flynn’s top deputy.
“A top deputy to National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was rejected for a critical security clearance, effectively ending his tenure on the National Security Council and escalating tensions between Flynn and the intelligence community.”
“The move came as Flynn’s already tense relationships with others in the Trump administration and the intelligence community were growing more fraught after reports that Flynn had breached diplomatic protocols in his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States.”
“On Friday, one of Flynn’s closest deputies on the National Security Council, senior director for Africa Robin Townley, was informed that the Central Intelligence Agency had rejected his request for an elite security clearance required for service on the NSC, according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation.”
“That forced Townley, a former Marine intelligence officer who had long maintained a top secret-level security clearance, out of his NSC post, explained the sources, who requested anonymity to discuss sensitive personnel matters.”
“One of the sources said that the rejection was approved by Trump’s CIA director Mike Pompeo and that it infuriated Flynn and his allies.”
Both sources said that the CIA did not offer much explanation for why Townley’s request for so-called “Sensitive Compartmented Information” clearance was rejected. But the sources said that Flynn and his allies believe it was motivated by Townley’s skepticism of the intelligence community’s techniques — sentiments shared by Flynn.”
They believe this is a hit job from inside the CIA on Flynn and the people close to him,” said one source, who argued that some in the intelligence community feel threatened by Flynn and his allies. “Townley believes that the CIA doesn’t run the world,” the source said.
“Spokespeople for the NSC and the CIA declined to comment. Townley and the White House press office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.”
“Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, dismissed as “baloney” any suggestion that the clearance was denied because the intelligence community was trying to brushback Flynn.”
Trump and Flynn “see treachery everywhere they go,” Schiff said, adding “if a security clearance is denied, it’s for a reason.” Intelligence agencies tend to be careful in rejecting security clearances because “they know they’re going to have to justify it,” Schiff concluded.
“One person close to Trump said that, within the White House, Flynn is regarded by some as waging “a jihad against the intelligence community.” This person said Flynn is blamed by some people around Trump for trying to turn the new president against the intelligence community during the campaign and transition period, when Trump was openly skeptical about U.S. intelligence findings that Russia meddled in the election to try to help his campaign and damage that of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.”
I don’t doubt that this is a brushback pitch from the CIA.
Meanwhile Pence aides are also frustrated with Flynn:
“An administration official told POLITICO that Pence’s remarks came after a conversation with Flynn and were guided by that conversation — leaving open the possibility that Flynn misled the Vice President just as he repeatedly denied the allegations to the Washington Post before acknowledging the topic may have been discussed.”
“Privately, Pence aides expressed frustration at their boss being placed in such a position.”
What has also been revealed in this latest revelation on Flynn-with 9 sources!-is he was talking to this Russian envy before the election was over. Watergate 2.0
In other-not unrelated-news some folks-the entire MSM-may owe Buzzfeed an apology.
In other-not unrelated-news, there are reports Russia is thinking of offering up Snowden ‘as a present’ for Trump.
Wasn’t the US Presidency present enough? Presumably Russia is trying to take Flynn of the front page.
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