Aaron Rupar’s article is a perfect example of the MSM attempting to destroy a man’s reputation. Rupar started by writing that “President Donald Trump on Thursday seized upon new developments in the Michael Flynn case to reinvigorate his pet conspiracy theories about Obama-era law enforcement and intelligence community officials conspiring to bring him down.”

He followed that up by writing “First, some brief backstory. After being fired from his position as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency by President Obama in 2014, Flynn cozied up to Russia and became one of Trump’s more prominent campaign surrogates. Trump ignored advice Obama gave him during their November 2016 White House meeting and tapped him to be his first national security adviser, but Flynn planted the seeds of his own undoing before he even started the job by having secretive communications with Russian officials during the transition period.”

That’s sloppy journalism. It took me much less than a minute to find Gen. Flynn’s DIA bio. Here’s what it said about Gen. Flynn:

Michael T. Flynn graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1981 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in Military Intelligence. His first assignment was as a paratrooper of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Since then, he has served in a variety of command and staff positions to include, Commander, 313th Military Intelligence Battalion and G2, 82nd Airborne Division; G2, 18th Airborne Corps, CJ2, CJTF-180 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan; Commander, 111th Military Intelligence Brigade at the Army’s Intelligence Center at Fort Huachuca, Arizona; Director of Intelligence, Joint Special Operations Command with duty in OEF and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF); Director of Intelligence, United States Central Command with duty in OEF and OIF; Director of Intelligence, the Joint Staff; Director of Intelligence, International Security Assistance Force-Afghanistan and US Forces-Afghanistan and Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff, G2. He most recently served as the Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Partner Engagement before becoming the 18th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency on 24 July 2012.

Someone with that much experience within the IC knows that there’s no such thing as “secretive communications with Russian officials” at any point. That’s standard protocol. Rupar isn’t too bright if he thinks that Flynn wouldn’t know this. Then there’s this BS:

FBI leadership was already aware at that time that Flynn had phone calls with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition period. In those calls, Flynn advised Kislyak not to respond to new sanctions the Obama administration placed on Russia for interfering (on Trump’s behalf) in the just-completed presidential election. Intercepts of Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak raised concerns within the bureau that Flynn had violated the Logan Act, a law that prohibits unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments.

Jonathan Turley, one of the top constitutional law professors in the nation, has a significantly different view of things:

The new documents also explore how the Justice Department could get Flynn to admit breaking the Logan Act, a law that dates back to from 1799 which makes it a crime for a citizen to intervene in disputes between the United States and foreign governments. It has never been used to convict a citizen and is widely viewed as flagrantly unconstitutional.

Serious people don’t take the Logan Act explanation seriously. First, there’s the question of its constitutionality. Next, there’s the question of whether the Logan Act fits with people who are the incoming national security adviser.

Let’s return to something else from earlier in Rupar’s article. Rupar wrote that “Trump ignored advice Obama gave him during their November 2016 White House meeting and tapped him to be his first national security adviser.” Why would a smart person trust anyforeign policy advice from President Obama? He’s the idiot who authorized John Kerry to negotiate, then sign the JCPOA. In case Democrats haven’t noticed, President Trump shredded all of President Obama’s economic and national security policies pretty much on Day One. They were that awful. In many ways, Trump is the anti-Obama. Obama is the cool kid that didn’t get anything done. President Trump is the guy nobody likes until they see everything he’s accomplished.

Personally, give me the guy with the lengthy list of accomplishments over the smooth talker.

2 Responses to “MSM vs. Lt. Gen. Flynn”

  • eric z says:

    What was the actual substance/context of Flynn’s lie[s] to the FBI? That’s the plea deal he took, so it must be true.

    Or are you contending it was a lie, to plea to lying?

    It looks as if the pardon papers are written, only the signing time remains unclear.

    The Logan Act has nothing to do with it being criminalized to “lie” to the FBI. With that on the books, it seems the wise course would always be to decline talking at all to the FBI, even about the day’s weather.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Actually, Eric, the FBI agents who interviewed/ambushed him thought that he didn’t lie to them. They planned on shutting down the program, officially named Crossfire Razor, until Peter Strzok texted an unknown agent (redacted) & said Crossfire Razor shouldn’t be terminated.

    Lying to the FBI is illegal. The thing is that the agents thought that Flynn hadn’t lied. Flynn plead to lying to them because they threatened to put his son in prison & bankrupt his son if Flynn didn’t agree to the deal.

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