What Trump didn't know or says he didn't about his man Flynn

Vincent Carr
May 19, 2017

After asking for Flynn's resignation, Trump explained that he forced his national security adviser out not over his discussions with Kislyak, but because he had not been truthful with Pence.

Richard Frankel, a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and ABC News contributor, said Flynn had a reputation for sharp elbows and found himself "in conflict with others who were not happy with his rise up the ranks, especially when he became director of the DIA".

The Times reported Wednesday that Flynn had first divulged the existence of the investigation to the transition team's chief lawyer Don McGahn, who now serves as White House counsel. Since the Russians knew that Flynn had lied to the vice president, she said, they might have leverage over him.

The Times reports the White House would not comment on whether it was aware of Flynn's legal status prior to January's inauguration.

The Comey firing and the reports of Trump's attempt to curb the Flynn investigation led to calls from lawmakers, Democrats and some Republicans, for appointment a special prosecutor in the Russian Federation investigation.

It was also reported by CNN this month President Barack Obama warned Trump against hiring Flynn during a face-to-face meeting in November.

Vice President Pence, who led Trump's transition, maintained Thursday that he did not know about Flynn's lobbying work until March.

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One more Flynn tidbit has dropped (so far).

When he was hired by Alptekin, Flynn did not register as a foreign agent, as required by law when an American represents the interests of a foreign government.

Prior to Flynn making this decision, the Flynn Intel Group received $530,000 in payments from a Turkish-owned company based in the Netherlands and in March registered as a foreign agent with the Justice Department, acknowledging that the work may have benefited the Turkish government, according to foreign agent registration paperwork filed with the department.

The Associated Press is now reporting that the Senate Intelligence Committee has been speaking with Flynn's lawyers, who have hinted that he won't honor a subpoena that demands all records of his communications with Russians.

Flynn's connections to Russian Federation have been widely discussed. Frankel, the retired Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and a friend of Flynn's, told ABC News he did not agree with Yates's conclusion that Flynn had been compromised by the Russians. The official did not speak to Flynn's role in this.

In congressional testimony, the acting FBI director, Andrew G. McCabe, has confirmed the existence of a "highly significant" investigation into possible collusion between Trump's associates and Russian operatives to sway the presidential election. Trump is someone who prizes loyalty above all else.

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