White House Claims Obama Gave Ok for Russian Outreach Flynn Lied About
In the wake of the Michal Flynn plea deal that the media is breathlessly reporting about, the White House claimed on Friday that it was the Obama administration that authorized Flynn’s contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during President Trump’s transition.
Flynn who was Trump’s national security director for little more than three weeks before resigning earlier this year, reached out to Kislyak about a then-coming U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements, and newly imposed Obama administration sanctions, along with discussions about dealign with ISIS in Syria. Nothing in what he did was wrong! However, in January, he misstated things he said in that conversation. For those misstatements at the time, once Trump found out about them, he asked for Flynn’s resignation.
However, if you follow the timeline that brought forth the Flynn false statements to the FBI agents who spoke to him in January, coupled with the White Houses claims, you have yet another example of the Democrats, in this case the Obama administration, staging events to make a harmless, routine interaction between Trump associates and Russia into another nefarious connection with Russians, and the media dutifully helping sell that narrative.
This is almost exactly what happened with the Trump dossier, which possibly includes participation of intelligence agencies—the FBI, if they used that as the basis for the now infamous Russia/Trump investigation— into pushing the phony narrative about collusion, about which there has never been a single shred of evidence proffered yet to support. Fusion GPS was hired by the Hillary campaign and DNC to dig up dirt on Trump. Those funds were used to retain Christopher Steele, who, through almost entirely Russian sources, produced the dossier, which the details of were given to media outlets, who have, since January, ran with it as almost gospel truth!
Now you have Trump’s administration saying the Obama team gave permission for the call that Flynn made to the Russian ambassador!
Sally Yates, an Obama appointed lawyer in the Justice Department, who was acting Attorney General when Trump was inaugurated, had taken that conversation and gone to senior White House officials with concerns that Flynn could be blackmailed. However, when one looks at the contents of the conversation, there is literally nothing to support such a notion.
That conversation was recorded by the FBI, and then illegally leaked to the Washington Post, who ran the story—which by the way said that Flynn hadn’t done anything wrong, along with the narrative that Yates had warned the Russians had something on Flynn. The FBI agents who interviewed Flynn in January about the conversation, literally didn’t even need Flynn’s testimony about the conversation because they had it recorded!
So, for what possible reason could they have even wanted to interview Flynn about it? Was it to try and catch him in a misstatement? Remember, every contact with Russia was being scrutinized. Once they had Flynn lying on the record about the contents of the meeting, that was also given to the Post, and the rest as they say is history. Flynn denied everything at the time.
James Clapper, who served as the Director of National Intelligence under Obama, categorically denied the claim from the Trump White House that Obama would have okayed the outreach to Russia, calling it absurd, but this is the same man who said there was no surveillance of Trump’s transition team, and that was subsequently proven false.
As with others before it, every new story that comes out about this Russian investigation points to the entire thing being an orchestrated political witch-hunt.
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