White House knew sacked adviser was under investigation

Cameron Gross
May 18, 2017

Donald Trump's beleaguered White House was hit with yet another explosive allegation on Wednesday, after a New York Times report alleged that the US President's transition team knew that ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn.was under federal investigation for secretly working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey weeks before the President's inauguration.

The daily, citing two people familiar with the case, said Flynn told the presidential transition team's chief lawyer Don McGahn about the investigation on January 4 - weeks before assuming the highly sensitive post.

Eventually fired on February 13 for making misleading statements to Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about discussions he carried out with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Flynn has been at the center of a string of Trump-related controversies in recent months. Flynn only registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent in early March, saying he was paid $530,000 a year ago for work that "could be construed to have principally benefited the Republic of Turkey".

After Flynn left the White House, Trump attempted to get now-fired FBI director James Comey to drop the investigation, according to multiple reports. He fired Mr Comey on May 9.

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Trump is accused of telling Comey, according to a memo written by the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief, who was sacked last week.

The White House declined to comment on whether officials there had known about Flynn's legal troubles before the inauguration.

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Lindsey Graham of South Carolina: "He's probably glad to leave town, and a lot of us are glad he's leaving for a few days". But McConnell acknowledged that "it would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House".

"While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation", a U.S. official said on condition of anonymity.

News about Flynn's activity comes amid intense scrutiny over his and other Trump associates' potential contacts with Russian Federation.

Flynn held the position for only 24 days.

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House and Senate intelligence committees are also investigating.

It also seeks similar records from Ekim Alptekin, a Turkish businessman with ties to that country's president. A few days later, Flynn had a breakfast meeting with the Turkish foreign minister, who went on to attend the inauguration. Current and former US officials said that, on the calls, Flynn discussed sanctions that the Obama administration had imposed on Russian Federation for disrupting the November election.

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