Their Man Flynn: Why are Climate Deniers OK with Treason?

February 12, 2017

Rachel Maddow reports on the still-developing scandal that Donald Trump national security adviser, Mike Flynn, reportedly discussed U.S. sanctions with Russia before Trump was in office, and that communication existed during the campaign.

Below, CNN has confirmed parts of the Steele memo, the document containing intel collected by a former British spy who has since dropped out of site.
The memo is most famous for unsavory details, what CNN calls ” salacious allegations”  of the President’s visits to Russia. The most important bits are those that cover the Trump organizations negotiations with Russia prior to the election, allegations that there was an agreement to drop sanctions against Russia, applied by President Obama after the invasion of Ukraine, in return for help in gaming the US election.

CNN:

For the first time, US investigators say they have corroborated some of the communications detailed in a 35-page dossier compiled by a former British intelligence agent, multiple current and former US law enforcement and intelligence officials tell CNN. As CNN first reported, then-President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama were briefed on the existence of the dossier prior to Trump’s inauguration.

None of the newly learned information relates to the salacious allegations in the dossier. Rather it relates to conversations between foreign nationals. The dossier details about a dozen conversations between senior Russian officials and other Russian individuals. Sources would not confirm which specific conversations were intercepted or the content of those discussions due to the classified nature of US intelligence collection programs.
But the intercepts do confirm that some of the conversations described in the dossier took place between the same individuals on the same days and from the same locations as detailed in the dossier, according to the officials. CNN has not confirmed whether any content relates to then-candidate Trump.
The corroboration, based on intercepted communications, has given US intelligence and law enforcement “greater confidence” in the credibility of some aspects of the dossier as they continue to actively investigate its contents, these sources say.
Reached for comment this afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, “We continue to be disgusted by CNN’s fake news reporting.”

The Hill:

A top aide to national security adviser Michael Flynn was denied security clearance to serve on the National Security Council (NSC), Politico reported late Friday.

Robin Townley, the senior Africa director on the NSC, learned on Friday that the CIA had denied his “Sensitive Compartmented Information” security clearance.

CIA director Mike Pompeo approved of the rejection, the report said.

The Washington Post reported Friday that Flynn discussed sanctions against Russia with the country’s ambassador to the U.S. in December. Flynn earlier this week had denied discussing sanctions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

President Trump on Friday said he did not know of Flynn’s talk with Kislyak, but said he would look into the matter.

“I don’t know about that. I haven’t seen it. What report is that? I haven’t seen that. I’ll look into that,” the president told reporters.

 

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119 Responses to “Their Man Flynn: Why are Climate Deniers OK with Treason?”


  1. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2017/feb/14/flynn-resigns-donald-trump-national-security-adviser-russia-links-live#comment-93157527

    Flynn “Resigns” and more and more mud comes flowing out.
    The comments are flowing fast and free.

    The wording of the resignation looks like another Bannon spin job

  2. schwadevivre Says:

    Peter, vierotchka has made a direct physical threat against me (as well as attempting to qualify for the Russian Troll Olympics team – and she made a bit of a blunder and posted her (Russian Language) web site
    http://ringsideseat.blogspot.co.uk

    • vierotchka Says:

      Paranoid much? Anyone with more than one and a half functional brain cells understands that it was not a threat against you, but mocking you, implying that you should stop setting your beard on fire. As for my website, it is 90% in English, which you would have realized had you gone past the first post – I simply copied-pasted the video’s Russian title. You really need to get a life, and consult a psychiatrist (although any competent psychiatrist would likely have you sectioned on the spot).

  3. vierotchka Says:

    Well, well, well, fancy that!

    No One Mentions That The Russian Trail Leads To Democratic Lobbyists

    A number of top Democratic lobbyists have significant ties to Russian interests, including the Podesta Group, Lanny Davis, and former Sen. Jon Breaux.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/paulroderickgregory/2017/02/18/no-one-mentions-that-the-russian-trail-leads-to-democratic-lobbyists/#1fdc25f23991

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Lord love a duck, but V persists in her lunacy. She is like the crazy person standing on a box on a street corner spouting all manner of drivel and annoying those who just want to pass by and ignore her. (And too ugly for even the tourists to take a picture of—-or maybe that’s because they’re repelled by her poop-filled baggy Russian knickers that are down around her ankles)

      Fancy this! The reason “No One Mentions That The Russian Trail Leads To Democratic Lobbyists” is because it is a YUUUUUGE and stinky RED HERRING. It is mean to distract us from the REAL topic of discussion—the “Russian Trail” we are concerned with here is that of Trump, Flynn, and assorted other Trump associates. What a few “Democratic” lobbyists may have done is of NO importance compared to what the FREAKING POTUS is up to and is covering up by refusing to release his tax returns.

      Paul Roderick Gregory’s piece is a straw man crossed with a red herring. The use of “likely” and “could be’s” makes it no better than a gossip piece. V probably didn’t even read it—-it probably just came through on the “use this” feed of BS she gets from her Russian masters, and she liked the title so she posted it, proving once again that she is a Russian troll, a sock puppet for Putin, and a stubbornly stupid, stupid, STUPID woman that always misses her target (but shoots off her own toes).

      SchwaD and I have her pegged—-too bad she isn’t capable of fighting back with ANY kind of facts or rational arguments. As proof of that, she will now respond to me with a meme stating the usual “stuff”, like:
      You are a liar
      None of that is true
      What an idiot
      Head butts
      Snot sucking
      A laughing Hitler
      A flaming beard
      A blank
      All of which are about on the level of at most a 10-year-old, and a SICK one at that—-one who tortures small animals and sets fires, and will likely become a serial killer when he grows up. V herself IS a serial killer—-of truth, decency, logic, politeness, intelligent discourse, and the idea that Russian and Putin could EVER be our “friend”.

      • vierotchka Says:

        I stoop as low as I possibly can (but still have a long way to go) to reach your level with my answers. You two are sick old men who imagine they can better a woman who is manifestly much smarter than you two, your verbose rantings notwithstanding. Basically, you are cowards.

      • vierotchka Says:

        Maybe you know the saying, “When you point one finger, there are three fingers pointing back to you.” Jesus had a version of this wisdom when he said, “Don’t focus on the speck in your brother’s eye while ignoring the log in your own eye.” When cruel accusations fly, we all need to hear the voice of reason that says, “Look in the mirror, brother. You are simply talking about yourself.”

        You two keep accusing me of all manner of things, but they are just you projecting your own flaws onto me.

      • vierotchka Says:

        “The use of “likely” and “could be’s” makes it no better than a gossip piece.”

        Really? Show me the “likely” and “could be”, then. (Hint: the only two “likely” in this article are in the following sentences: “But both of these “repulsive” figures were also advised by Democratic top dogs, who likely earned large multiples of what the “small fry” Trump associates took home.” and “They likely prevented the shipment of strategic weapons needed by Ukraine to repulse well-armed pro-Russian forces.”)

        Excerpts:

        The media’s focus on Trump’s Russian connections ignores the much more extensive and lucrative business relationships of top Democrats with Kremlin-associated oligarchs and companies. Thanks to the Panama Papers, we know that the Podesta Group (founded by John Podesta’s brother, Tony) lobbied for Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank. “Sberbank is the Kremlin, they don’t do anything major without Putin’s go-ahead, and they don’t tell him ‘no’ either,” explained a retired senior U.S. intelligence official. According to a Reuters report, Tony Podesta was “among the high-profile lobbyists registered to represent organizations backing Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich.” Among these was the European Center, which paid Podesta $900,000 for his lobbying.

        That’s not all: The busy Podesta Group also represented Uranium One, a uranium company acquired by the Russian government which received approval from Hillary Clinton’s State Department to mine for uranium in the U.S. and gave Russia twenty percent control of US uranium. The New York Times reported Uranium One’s chairman, Frank Guistra, made significant donations to the Clinton Foundation, and Bill Clinton was paid $500,000 for one speech from a Russian investment bank that has “links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.” Notably, Frank Giustra, the Clinton Foundation’s largest and most controversial donor, does not appear anywhere in Clinton’s “non-private” emails. It is possible that the emails of such key donors were automatically scrubbed to protect the Clinton Foundation.

        Let’s not leave out fugitive Ukrainian oligarch, Dymtro Firtash. He is represented by Democratic heavyweight lawyer, Lanny Davis, who accused Trump of “inviting Putin to commit espionage” (Trump’s quip: If Putin has Hillary’s emails, release them) but denies all wrongdoing by Hillary.

        [snip]

        Lobbying for Russia is a bi-partisan activity. Gazprombank GPB, a subsidiary of Russia’s third largest bank, Gazprombank, is represented by former Sen. John Breaux, (D., La.), and former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R., Miss.), as main lobbyists on “banking laws and regulations, including applicable sanctions.” The Breaux-Lott client is currently in the Treasury Department list of Russian firms prohibited from debt financing with U.S. banks.

        In his February 16 press conference, President Trump declared in response to the intensifying media drumbeat on his Russian connections: “I haven’t done anything for Russia.” K-Street lobbyists, on the other hand, have done a lot to help Russia. They greased the skids for a strategic deal (that required the Secretary of State’s approval) that multiplied the Kremlin’s command of world uranium supplies. They likely prevented the shipment of strategic weapons needed by Ukraine to repulse well-armed pro-Russian forces. A fugitive billionaire who robbed the Ukrainian people of billions is represented by one of the establishment’s most connected lawyers.

        • dumboldguy Says:

          V thinks that copying things verbatim represents some sort of definitive argument, especially if she says “I’m right” and “You’re wrong” countless times along the way. LOL.


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