Trump team knew Flynn was being investigated

Carla Harmon
May 21, 2017

Apparently there was an federal investigation, is an ongoing federal investigation, looking into whether or not Flynn was secretly working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the campaign.

The McClatchy news service reported that President Obama's national security team asked for Trump's approval on a plan to retake the Islamic State's de facto capital of Raqqa, because it was more than likely to be carried out under his presidency. His reasoning wasn't reported, but Turkey has long opposed US military operations in cooperation with Kurdish forces.

The Trump White House drew criticism after continuing to keep Flynn on the payroll after Sally Yates, former acting attorney general, warned that Flynn might be vulnerable to blackmail from the Russians because he misled Vice President Pence about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in Washington, according to the Times.

Flynn has continued to loyally defend Trump and stick to the administration's script, as best he can.

In his view, this effort began immediately after the election, when President Barack Obama, who had fired Mr. Flynn as the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told Mr. Trump that he would have profound concerns about Mr. Flynn's becoming a top national security aide.

Flynn's connections to Russian Federation have been widely discussed.

Flynn's lobbying firm, Flynn Intel Group, did lobbying work in the months leading up to his White House appointment that may have benefited the Turkish government, according to paperwork filed with the Justice Department in March on behalf of Flynn and his firm.

The Daily Beast also cited an unnamed longtime Trump confidant who said the President mentioned he's been in contact with Flynn "in the past few weeks".

"Trump feels really, really, really, bad about firing him, and he genuinely thinks if the investigation is over Flynn can come back", one White House official told the Daily Beast. That conversation, and another one two days later between Mr. Flynn's lawyer and transition lawyers, shows that the Trump team knew about the investigation of Mr. Flynn far earlier than has been previously reported.

According to a report by Yahoo News, Flynn announced at a dinner in late April that he had "just got a message from the President to stay strong". Not only did he remain loyal to President Trump, he indicated he and the president were still in communication.

Since he resigned, Flynn - who denies wrongdoing - has retained a lawyer and offered to testify in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

"He did not want to be national security adviser", Michael Ledeen, who co-authored the book "The Field of Flight" previous year with Flynn, told The Daily Beast.

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