Wednesday, June 21, 2017

For weeks Michael Flynn continued to sit in on top secret intelligence briefings even after it was determined that he had been compromised.

Courtesy of the New York Times:

Senior officials across the government became convinced in January that the incoming national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, had become vulnerable to Russian blackmail. 

At the F.B.I., the C.I.A., the Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence — agencies responsible for keeping American secrets safe from foreign spies — career officials agreed that Mr. Flynn represented an urgent problem. 

Yet nearly every day for three weeks, the new C.I.A. director, Mike Pompeo, sat in the Oval Office and briefed President Trump on the nation’s most sensitive intelligence — with Mr. Flynn listening. Mr. Pompeo has not said whether C.I.A. officials left him in the dark about their views of Mr. Flynn, but one administration official said Mr. Pompeo did not share any concerns about Mr. Flynn with the president. 

The episode highlights a remarkable aspect of Mr. Flynn’s tumultuous, 25-day tenure in the White House: He sat atop a national security apparatus that churned ahead despite its own conclusion that he was at risk of being compromised by a hostile foreign power.

It should also be remembered that during this time Trump was actively trying to get James Comey to drop the investigation into Flynn's Russian connections.

I think it is high time that CIA Director Mike Pompeo makes another appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Because either he provided classified information to a man that he knew was compromised, or he was out of the loop and did not know he was compromised. Both equally troubling.

When asked previously Pompeo dodged the question: 

Mr. Pompeo sidestepped questions from senators last month about his handling of the information about Mr. Flynn, declining to say whether he knew about his own agency’s concerns. “I can’t answer yes or no,” he said. “I regret that I’m unable to do so.” His words frustrated Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat and a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. 

“Either Director Pompeo had no idea what people in the C.I.A. reportedly knew about Michael Flynn, or he knew about the Justice Department’s concerns and continued to discuss America’s secrets with a man vulnerable to blackmail,” Mr. Wyden said in a statement. “I believe Director Pompeo owes the public an explanation.”

Yep, I agree.

As it stand right now we are left with two options.

Either this Administration is the most incompetent administration in the history of the country, or it is the most corrupt.

14 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:40 AM

    "For weeks Michael Flynn continued to sit in on top secret intelligence briefings even after it was determined that he had been compromised."


    We haven't yet set up a secured line at our embassy for one of our Comrades. So nothing wrong with Comrade Flynn sitting in on meetings with Comrade Trump. How else can we get the latest intel on your country.

    -The Kremlin

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  2. Anonymous8:43 AM

    How about President Bannon? Was he attending the President Daily Briefings with the CIA, DNI and FBI?

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  3. Anonymous8:51 AM

    The Justice Department is responsible for keeping America safe? Where was AG Sessions? Did he attend the daily briefings? I thought he testified he wasn't briefed about Russia?

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  4. From the article: most incompetent … or … most corrupt

    Or both…

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  5. Anonymous8:56 AM

    Both

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  6. Anonymous8:57 AM

    IMP, it's both! Sad

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  7. Flynn has no honor and anyone that touched him is tainted. This whole investigation by Mueller is taking tooooo long!

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  8. Anonymous9:09 AM

    Are we at risk? Who is looking out for America's best interest? Do we need to extend President Obama's term to three terms?

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  9. Anonymous9:27 AM

    As to your last sentence - both suggestions are plausible.

    Pat Padrnos

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  10. Anonymous9:43 AM

    https://impeachdonaldtrumpnow.org/

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  11. Anonymous10:00 AM

    Either way, if it is shown that Flynn was a double agent, not only is he guilty of treason, but whoever allowed him into those briefings, either by collusion or ignorance, is just as guilty.

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  12. SallyinMI11:33 AM

    Pruitt just dismissed the last scientists from the EPA advisory committees...now they can bring in all the science deniers, lobbyists and corporate mining shills to complete the Trump assault on our air, water and national treasures. Wonder when the first Trump Jr. hunting trip into Yellowstone will happen. Gotta clear the animals before the drilling/fracking commences.

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  13. Anonymous11:40 AM

    https://images.dailykos.com/images/385683/story_image/GettyImages-627114352.jpg?1491329172

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