Monday, May 22, 2017

Donald Trump's former National Security adviser, Michael Flynn, to plead the fifth.

Courtesy of the AP: 

President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination on Monday and declined to hand over documents sought under subpoena by a Senate panel investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. 

In a letter to the Senate intelligence committee , Flynn’s attorneys justified the decision by citing an “escalating public frenzy against him” and saying the Justice Department’s recent appointment of a special counsel has created a legally dangerous environment for him to cooperate with the panel’s investigation. 

“The context in which the committee has called for General Flynn’s testimonial production of documents makes clear that he has more than a reasonable apprehension that any testimony he provides could be used against him,” the attorneys wrote in the letter, which was obtained by the AP.

Flynn’s decision not to cooperate with the Senate committee represents a new legal complication for the expanding government and congressional inquiries into Russian interference in the presidential campaign and contacts between Trump advisers and Russian officials and representatives. Flynn is a key figure in both the FBI investigation headed by special counsel Robert Mueller and in separate Senate and House inquiries.

Don't forget that earlier Flynn's request for immunity in exchange for his testimony was rejected, which I think I pretty compelling evidence that Flynn knows he is in serious trouble here and is worried about prison time.

And well he should be. Take a look at this:

Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said Monday his panel has obtained documents “that appear to indicate” that Michael Flynn “lied to the investigators who interviewed him in 2016 as part of his security clearance renewal.” 

Flynn told security clearance investigators he was paid by “U.S. companies” for his 2015 trip to Moscow for an event celebrating the Russian propaganda outlet RT, where he sat at a table with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

Flynn was paid $45,000 by RT for a speech he gave at the event. The money was routed through Flynn's speakers' bureau, Leading Authorities. But Cummings notes that RT paid "directly" for airfare, lodging and other expenses for Flynn and his son. 

It is a crime to falsify or conceal information on a security clearance application.

Just for fun let's look back at video of Flynn chanting "Lock her up" along with the audience at the RNC, and calling for her to drop out of the race because he claimed she was a security risk.

And during this time he was working for the Russians to influence the election, and to influence Donald Trump.

28 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:47 PM

    The Mark Fuhrman of politics.

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  2. Anonymous5:21 PM

    I couldn't even watch half of that clip. Makes me sick.

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  3. Anonymous6:06 PM

    Emperor Rump: Can I plead the 5th too regarding my collusion, my taxes, adultery, sexual harassment, money laundering, taking Golden Showers, jacking off to my friends the Hiltons daughter's sex tape, leaking confidential secrets, my inauguration crowd size and other unmentionables?

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    1. Anonymous6:08 PM

      Sure why not.

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    2. Anonymous6:10 PM

      You forgot to mention lusting after you know who. The one you paid more attention to behind Melania during your inauguration.

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    3. Anonymous6:54 PM

      Is it possible incest should be added to that list? Biblically just thinking about it is wrong, yet all these Xtianists support him. Hypocrites and fools.

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  4. Anonymous6:07 PM

    "If you're not guilty of a crime, what do you need immunity for? The mob takes the fifth amendment. If you're not guilty of a crime, what do you need immunity for?" Donald Trump, September, 2016.

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  5. Anonymous6:15 PM

    Follow the money. Who is paying for Flynn's lawyers, everyday expenses, room and board?

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  6. Anonymous6:19 PM

    I want to plead the 5th. Where does the line end? Can I take cuts in front of Trump's family, cabinet and campaign staff? That line is too too long.

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  7. Anonymous6:29 PM

    "Trump has denied any wrongdoing"

    What does that actually mean?

    Trump ask them to make false statements but doesn't feel it is wrong because he's the president?


    CNN
    Trump asked DNI, NSA to deny evidence of Russia collusion

    Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump called two top intelligence community figures to request that they deny in public any evidence of collusion between his campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election, multiple current and former US officials with knowledge tell CNN.

    Trump's requests to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers came after then-FBI Director James Comey publicly revealed before the House intelligence committee on March 20 that the FBI had an investigation into collusion to influence the 2016 election.

    Both Coats and Rogers were uncomfortable with the nature of the President's request and refused to comply, the sources told CNN.

    The Washington Post first reported the story Monday evening, citing current and former officials.

    In a response to CNN, a White House spokesperson, who declined to be identified by name, said: "The White House does not confirm or deny unsubstantiated claims based on illegal leaks from anonymous individuals...

    CNN reported in February that the White House had asked the FBI to push back against stories in the press about potential coordination between Trump associates and Russia.

    Trump has denied any wrongdoing, and railed against the investigations into his campaign's alleged ties to Russia repeatedly.

    The Post story said a record of Trump's request to Rogers was in a memo from a senior NSA official -- and that memo, as well as any that may be from the DNI's office, would be available to former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed last week to head the Justice Department's investigation...

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/22/politics/donald-trump-intelligence-community/index.html

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    1. Anonymous6:40 PM

      Dolt 45 was thinking ahead, he covered his ass by recording these conversations.

      He has kept copiers of ALL the checks along with his notes and thoughts from his various deals too.


      /s

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    2. Anonymous8:36 PM

      Very good read!

      http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/05/29/why-sally-yates-stood-up-to-trump

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  8. Anonymous7:27 PM

    People in the know are still saying Trump will do prison time. The pity is that the wheels of justice grind so slowly and he will ruin so many lives while he can.

    I hope the number of Trump supporters that are destroyed is so big that you can see them from the moon.

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    1. Anonymous9:31 PM

      With all the appeals, bribes and witness tampering, Trump will die of old age which is not too far away.

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    2. Anonymous9:47 PM

      Cough...

      People who PRETEND to be in the know, and their gullible followers like you, are saying such things.

      You do realize that such storytellers such as Louise Mensch and Claude Taylor and their story repeating lackey Bill Palmer are getting openly mocked... by people on the left now.....

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  9. Anonymous8:58 PM

    http://www.politicususa.com/2017/05/22/implosion-continues-cnn-confirms-reporting-trump-obstructed-russia-investigation.html

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  10. Anonymous9:06 PM

    Please post this, G. It needs more exposure...if it's accurate.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DAce53CXoAAaWIt.jpg

    People are on to her racket.

    https://twitter.com/IvankaTrump/status/866679582195404800/photo/1

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  11. Anonymous9:29 PM

    Trump Effect Inspires Radical Christians in Military

    Donald Trump’s election has led to such a steep rise in fundamentalist Christian evangelizing and religious bigotry in the U.S. armed forces that the matter is reaching the level of a “national security threat,” according to information shared exclusively with Newsweek by an organization that represents and advocates for secular and minority religious views in the military.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/trump-effect-inspires-radical-fundamentalist-christians-in-the-military/

    http://www.newsweek.com/christian-fundamentalists-us-armed-forces-national-security-threat-613428

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  12. Anonymous9:31 PM

    Hope the sinkhole swallows marlago and he didnt have insurance.

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    1. Anonymous4:17 AM

      Yes, please oh please - no innocents along with it, though, of course.
      JillyG

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  13. Anonymous9:32 PM

    “The reality of Trump being commander-in-chief has unleashed a raging battle-cry along the lines of, ‘There’s a new sheriff in town and he loves white, male, straight, Christian fundamentalists one hell of a lot more than anyone else,’” Weinstein said. “The fundamentalist/Dominionist bullies have been emboldened by Trump’s own bigotry and that of his henchmen to such a profound degree that MRFF considers the dire situation to be nothing less than a full-fledged national security threat to our country.”

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/trump-effect-inspires-radical-fundamentalist-christians-in-the-military/

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  14. Anonymous9:40 PM

    Fascinating data.

    New public database reveals striking differences in how guns are regulated from state to state

    https://theconversation.com/new-public-database-reveals-striking-differences-in-how-guns-are-regulated-from-state-to-state-78015

    https://www.statefirearmlaws.org/

    https://www.statefirearmlaws.org/state-by-state.html

    https://www.statefirearmlaws.org/fact-sheet/Alaska.pdf

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    https://www.statefirearmlaws.org/fact-sheet/Washington.pdf

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    1. Anonymous8:04 AM

      Simply 'shot' Put> "New public database" FACTS.

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  15. Dinty9:41 PM

    If he is granted immunity in exchange for testimony, he forfeits rights under the 5th Amendment. Even better, if he is granted a person, he also forfeits that right. Time to tell The President he shouldn't dare grant Flynn immunity. He'll throw his usual fit and stupidly do it.

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  16. Anonymous11:25 PM

    Well, Cough @9:47, hope you don't choke once the supporting documentation hits the light of day in the hearings. It won't be long before We, The People, hear the recordings and see the long and treasonous paper trail that exists of Trump's corruption. There will be indictments and convictions. The WAPO and NYT reporting is solidly sourced.

    This horrid human being has done incalculable damage to our democracy. I am grateful for the real patriots who are fighting to save us from this traitor.

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  17. Anonymous4:53 AM

    Gee isis, that all you could do innocent people, no big bad leaders. Some threat.

    Of course I am so sorry for the loss of life and my condolences.

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  18. Anonymous7:16 AM

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/ex-cia-chief-intel-shows-possibility-trump-campaign-was-actively-conspiring-colluding-with-russia/

    " I know there was a sufficient basis of information to require investigation by the [FBI] to determine whether or not U.S. persons were actively conspiring, colluding with Russian officials.”

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  19. Anonymous1:46 PM

    Flynn pleads the fifth and the news show the clip of little donnie stating during the campaign only guilty people plead the fifth.

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