Trump Describes Flynn, the Felon, as a “Wonderful Man,” But Refuses to Produce Documents


Just 24 days after being appointed by Trump as his National Security advisor, Michael T. Flynn, resigned after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States.
The reality is that Flynn was forced to resign amid revelations that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak. In his letter of resignation Flynn said he had held numerous calls with foreign officials during the transition.
Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the vice president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador,” he wrote. “I have sincerely apologized to the president and the vice president, and they have accepted my apology.”
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Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Chairman of the House Oversight committee and the ranking Democratic member, Elijah Cummings, told reporters that they had obtained the SF86 security clearance application form that Flynn filed in January 2016, one month after he traveled to Moscow to speak at a gala celebrating the 10th anniversary of Russia’s state-owned news agency, Russia Today.  In that form Flynn was advised that failing to provide accurate information might result in a felony.

Documents the oversight committee obtained later from Flynn’s speaking bureau revealed that Flynn was paid approximately $33,000 for the speaking engagement. Yet Flynn failed to disclose those funds on his security clearance application.

The White House has now refused to provide a single document requested by the oversight committee, with no justification.

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Previously Trump defended Flynn.  It was Trump’s instinct that Flynn hadn’t done anything wrong.

Trump said

that Flynn was a “wonderful man” and he was treated “very very unfairly by the media, as I call it the fake media, in many cases, and its really a sad thing that he was treated so badly. I think in addition to that from intelligence, papers are being leaked, things are being leaked, its criminal action, a criminal act, and its been going on for a long time, before me, but now it’s really going on, and people are trying to cover up for a terrible loss that the Democrats had under Hillary Clinton,  I think it’s very very unfair, what’s happened to General Flynn, the way he was treated, and the documents and papers that were illegally, and I stress that, illegally leaked, very very unfair…”

 

 

Chaffetz also said Flynn, a former military officer who headed the Defense Intelligence Agency between 2012 and 2014, did not appear to obtain permission from his superiors before he traveled to Moscow.

“There is no data to support the notion that Flynn complied with the law,” Chaffetz said. “He was supposed to seek and receive permission from the secretary of state and the Army secretary both to receive that payment and engage in that kind of activity.”

“The response we’re getting [from the Pentagon] is that there is no information on Flynn’s trips or payments [on his SF86 form] and that, we believe, is the potential violation,” Chaffetz said. “No former military officer is allowed to accept payments from a foreign government, and my guess is this is probably not the first time this has happened.

 

Flynn agreed to testify before the intelligence committees in exchange for immunity late last month, a signal to some legal experts that he thought he may have committed a crime.

Cummings said that while Flynn’s negligence on his SF86 forms could “definitely” be punished by up to five years in prison, it is not up to the Oversight Committee to make that decision.

Documents obtained later by the House Oversight Committee revealed that Flynn was paid $11,250 by Russia’s top cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky, and another $11,250 by the Russian charter cargo airline Volga-Dnepr Airlines, for two speaking engagements in 2015.

Flynn belatedly registered as a foreign agent with the Department of Justice in March for his lobbying work last year on behalf of a Turkish businessman with ties to the Turkish government. Flynn’s firm, Flynn Intel Group, was paid approximately $500,000 by the businessman, Ekim Alptekin, between August and November of 2016.

 
 The amazing thing is that Trump defended Flynn, then blamed the “very very unfair” treatment on the “fake media”.  Now that Republican Representative Cummings has determined that Flynn broke the law, Trump has nothing to say, and is refusing to provide the documents requested by the House of Representatives.

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “Trump Describes Flynn, the Felon, as a “Wonderful Man,” But Refuses to Produce Documents

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  1. He just needs some pussy and an all-expense paid trip to Maralago.
    Also, why is sarahpac still up and running? Let’s get that taken down!!

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  2. Now that Republican Representative Cummings has determined that Flynn broke the law, Trump has nothing to say, and is refusing to provide the documents requested by the House of Representatives.

    You inadvertantly do upstanding, outstanding Congressman Elijah Cummings a grave disservice labeling him a wingnut.

    Donnie Doofus can’t get past his shallow victory with the aid of Russia. What a moran.

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  3. This corrupt administration is a has removed any notion of “if” and shifted into “when,” as in “when” will it totally collapse? In time it will just be a matter of which crimes to prosecute first. Nixon and Clinton were lightweights compared to Trump, the Treasonous Twitter.

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