Michael Flynn's lawyer joins call for release of Kislyak transcripts

Cheryl Sanders
May 23, 2020

The Obama administration wanted to stop Flynn from having his position because he knew, as Rick put it, '...where the bodies were buried in the Obama administration.' The protection of those intelligence assets and officials who were illegally unmasking and spying on Trump campaign officials is what this 3-1/2 year fight is all about.

When told by The Post that the name was never masked in the December 29 communication, a Graham aide said the committee would still like the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's "written answer" to its question.

"We write now both to reiterate our request for the declassification of additional information related to the unmasking of Americans around the time of the 2016 election, but also to expand the scope of our request to include information as early as January 2016", Grassley and Johnson wrote. He became national security adviser in January 2017. President Trump has attacked "dirty, filthy cops" for the prosecution of his former aide.

The development comes as former Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice and other Democrats called for transcripts of Flynn's conversations with Kislyak to be released.

Parts of the conversations has been publicly reported.

Powell's comments came one day after Obama-era National Security Adviser Susan Rice called on the Director of National Intelligence to release the unredacted transcripts of the Flynn-Kislyak communications.

The memo, which Rice sent to herself on her final day in office, memorializes a White House meeting several days earlier where Obama and top officials discussed potential risks posed by Flynn.

A portion of the document formerly classified as "Top Secret" has now been revealed.

"Thus, President Obama sought guidance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation as to whether or not it was prudent to share detailed Russia-related information with him during the transition process", she added.

During the meeting, according to Rice's email, Obama emphasised "his continued commitment to ensuring that every aspect of this issue is handled by the Intelligence and law enforcement communities 'by the book'".

She said it makes clear "no discussion of law enforcement matters or investigations took place". "He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would by the book".

While Comey describes his probe of Flynn as "proceeding "by the book" after Obama repeatedly stresses he wants only a "by the book" investigation - both parties presumably hoping to avoid exactly the sequence of revelatory events that are now unfolding - recently-unsealed documents from the case against Flynn indicate the general was entrapped, with the FBI's goal being to "prosecute him or get him fired" with an ambush-style interview.

'The President asked Comey to inform him if anything changes in the next few weeks that should affect how we share classified information with the incoming team. Comey replied "potentially", according to Rice's account.

The network obtained the memo from Republican Sen.

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One Trump ally concluded that the memo proves that Flynn was being targeted by Obama' inner sanctum.

Flynn was sacked in early 2017 for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with the Russian ambassador, causing Pence to lie in an interview unknowingly. Along with Comey, that list also included Biden, other senior intelligence officials and Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough.

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