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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The White House denied knowledge of the matter after it was reported that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn had registered as being a foreign agent because his consulting firm was under contract with the Turkish government. Now it has been reported that Flynn's attorneys had on two occasions, once before the inauguration and then again after, notified the White House legal counsel team that Flynn may have to register as a foreign agent. Furthermore, Vice President Mike Pence claimed on Fox News on Thursday that he was only just hearing of Flynn's potential conflict of interest that same day. He made that claim despite having received a letter from Rep. Elijah Cummings last November asking for more details on the specific matter of Flynn being paid to lobby on behalf of Turkey.

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Unlike the unregistered foreign lobbying group working on behalf of team Hillary trying to get Russian sanctions removed.

Who is that Lobby Group Class?

Flynn is Bad, Bad Bad!

But at least he registered...

#1 | Posted by Prolix247 at 2017-03-13 09:15 PM | Reply

#1 - I know you'll find this surprising but even though she received the most votes, Clinton is not President. Trump is. And his administration keeps lying about Flynn.
Why do you think an administration, not just this one, would repeatedly lie about a controversial matter?

#2 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-03-13 09:19 PM | Reply

"But at least he registered"

You have such very low standards

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2017-03-13 09:23 PM | Reply

#3 - I Know,

But get this,

Hillary couldn't reach it...

#4 | Posted by Prolix247 at 2017-03-13 11:18 PM | Reply

Podesta wasn't appointed to Hillary's cabinet. The swamp got deeper.

#5 | Posted by bored at 2017-03-14 01:22 AM | Reply

#5-only because she lost.

#6 | Posted by Prolix247 at 2017-03-14 10:33 AM | Reply

Prolapse should try out for a job as NHL goalie; nothing but deflect, deflect, deflect.

#7 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-03-14 11:13 AM | Reply

Just pointing out the hypocrisy floating around here.

#8 | Posted by Prolix247 at 2017-03-14 12:25 PM | Reply

what hypocrisy? When did President Hillary Clinton hire a foreign agent to serve in a key national security role and then lie repeatedly about doing so? You are comparing apples and irrelevant bs.

#9 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-03-14 01:52 PM | Reply

See I hit a nerve.

I agree we would be much better off with Hillary as president and Podesta as Chief of Staff.

But that's me, I can't speak for you.

#10 | Posted by Prolix247 at 2017-03-14 05:00 PM | Reply

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Didn't hit a nerve. You just speak nonsense is all

#11 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-03-14 07:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Right,

no moral equivalencies here.

#12 | Posted by Prolix247 at 2017-03-14 08:58 PM | Reply

"See I hit a nerve."

Every time you lie you hit a nerve.

And an angel loses it's wings.

#13 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-03-15 05:40 PM | Reply

#5-only because she lost.

#6 | POSTED BY PROLIX247

Which is why she's not the subject of this thread. Good job finally figuring that out.

#14 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2017-03-15 05:44 PM | Reply

And an angel loses it's wings.
#13 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY

I heard this one on the youtubes the other day: "[Every time you lie,] Jesus aborts a baby angel."

#15 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2017-03-15 05:46 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on allegations of Russian involvement in the 2016 US election t.co

#16 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2017-03-15 06:42 PM | Reply

Of course Pence knew. How could he not? Trump probably knew, too.

But as the Capo's wing man, Pence knew better than to rock the boat. Plus there was always the chance nobody would ever find out. So he rolled the dice.

Ut oh ~ snake eyes.

#17 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-03-15 08:12 PM | Reply

Unlike the unregistered foreign lobbying group working on behalf of team Hillary trying to get Russian sanctions removed.
Who is that Lobby Group Class?
Flynn is Bad, Bad Bad!
But at least he registered...

#1 | POSTED BY PROLIX247

I love how you just make things up.

"A group is lobbying to remove Russian sanctions + Hillary knows Russia exists = foreign lobbying group working on Hillary's behalf"
-Prolix

#18 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-03-16 09:38 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Mike Flynn accepted payments from Russian companies while he had top-secret security clearance

New documents reveal Michael Flynn was paid tens of thousands of dollars by Russian companies -- which he later denied -- shortly before he joined Donald Trump's campaign as an adviser.

The documents obtained by a congressional oversight committee show Flynn accepted payment, which he had claimed through his speakers bureau, from the state-owned RT network for an all-expenses-paid, three-day trip to Moscow in December 2015, reported Yahoo News.

RT paid $45,386 for Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr., to fly to Moscow to speak at the English-language network's 10th anniversary celebration, where he dined at the same table as Russian President Vladimir Putin and Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein.

Flynn's speaking agency, Leading Authorities, took a 25 percent commission for the payment, which left $33,750 for the retired U.S. Army general.

Other documents obtained by the congressional committee show Flynn was paid $11,250 each by a Russian air cargo company and a Russian cybersecurity company, reported the Wall Street Journal.

The cargo company had been suspended as a United Nations vendor following corruption scandal, and the cybersecurity company was trying to expand its business with the U.S. government.

Raw Story

#19 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2017-03-16 02:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#19

That's a crazy story. More and more smoke rises above the horizon on a weekly basis, it seems.

#20 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2017-03-16 02:51 PM | Reply

#19 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar

"Nothing to see here...again" and again. and again. and again.

-JeffJ

#21 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-03-16 02:53 PM | Reply

So to put everything in chronological order:
April 2014 - Flynn is fired as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency ("abusive with staff, didn't listen, worked against policy, bad management, etc." according to Colin Powell) (source).
October 2014 - Retaining his top-level national security clearance, Flynn founds Flynn Intel Group, a consulting firm, and starts performing intelligence work for foreign clients.
Late Summer 2015 - Flynn begins advising the Trump campaign (source).
August 2015 - Flynn receives a $15,000 speaking fee from Volga-Dnepr Airlines, a Russian airfreight company that the United Nations had suspended from its list of approved vendors after a corruption scandal involving an indicted Russian United Nations official (source).
October 2015 - Flynn receives an additional $15,000 speaking fee from the subsidiary of a Russian company specializing in "uncovering Western government spyware," Kaspersky Lab. Ruslan Stoyanov, head of Kaspersky's computer incidents investigation unit is later arrested in Russia, for treason, in December 2016 (source).
December 2015 - Seated directly at Vladimir Putin's right hand, Flynn appears at a gala hosted by Kremlin-controlled Russia Today (RT). He receives more than $45,000 for participating in he event. The event occurred in Russia, and his travel and accommodations were covered (source).
February 2016 - Flynn increases his role with the Trump campaign and is later vetted as a possible Trump VP pick (source).
July 2016 - Flynn leads crowds at the Republican National Convention in chants of "Lock her up!", saying "if I did a tenth of what she did, I would be in jail today!" (source).
August 9, 2016 - Flynn signs a contract on with Inovo, a Dutch firm owned by Ekim Alptekin, the chairman of the Turkish-American Business Council. The council is run by an appointee of Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Flynn is assigned to investigate Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric who lives in Pennsylvania and was blamed by Erdogan for helping instigate a failed coup (source).
Flynn ultimately receives $530,000 before the contract terminated in November 2016.
August 17, 2016 - Flynn begins attending classified intelligence briefings with candidate Trump (source).
September 2016 - Flynn meets with Turkey's ministers of foreign affairs and energy and other officials at an undisclosed New York hotel, in a meeting arranged by Alptekin (source).

#22 | Posted by bored at 2017-03-17 03:15 AM | Reply

November 8, 2016 - Flynn publishes a lengthy op-ed entitled "Our ally Turkey is in crisis and needs our support". He states that "We need to see the world from Turkey's perspective" and brands Gulen as "a radical Islamist". Flynn did not disclose to the publisher that he was being paid by Inovo (source).
November 18, 2016 - Flynn accepts president-elect Trump's offer of the position of National Security Advisor.
Nov./Dec. 2016 - Flynn allegedly meets with Austrian far-right Freedom Party leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, at Trump Tower. Strache announces weeks later that his party has signed a cooperation agreement with Vladimir Putin's ruling party. The Trump transition team later denied that the meeting occurred (source).
December 2016 - Flynn secretly discusses relief from U.S. sanctions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak on the same day the Obama administration announced retaliatory measures in response to interference in the presidential campaign by the Russian government (source).
Flynn later lies to the FBI about the discussions in an interview in January 2017 (source).
January 20, 2017 - Flynn officially becomes Trump's National Security Advisor.
January 22, 2017 - The Wall Street Journal reports that Flynn is under investigation by U.S. counterintelligence agents for his communications with Russian officials (source).
February 2017 - Flynn is forced out of his role as NSA after The Washington Post reports that Acting Attorney General Sally Yates had warned the Trump White House in late January that Flynn had not been truthful about his contacts with Russia related to sanctions and that he was vulnerable to blackmail by Russian intelligence (source).
March 2017 - Flynn files papers acknowledging that he worked as a foreign agent in 2016 representing the interests of the Turkish government in a dispute with the United States. A House Oversight panel obtains documents detailing payments from Russian firms and requests an additional investigation, sending a letter detailing the allegations to Trump and the leaders of the Pentagon and FBI (source).

#23 | Posted by bored at 2017-03-17 03:15 AM | Reply

www.reddit.com

Trump appointed an agent for Russia and Turkey to the NSC.

I wonder what price per US soldier's death little d is negotiating with Putin.

#24 | Posted by bored at 2017-03-17 03:18 AM | Reply

Prolix, can you spell Treason?

You prolly don't even care anymore. It's all about making lame points with you.

#25 | Posted by TedBaxter at 2017-03-18 02:37 AM | Reply

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