some more total fucking crap from the usual anonymous fabulists

Russian officials bragged they could use Flynn to influence Trump, sources say
Gloria Borger, Pamela Brown, Jim Sciutto, Marshall Cohen, Eric Lichtblau, CNN, May 20 2017

FASCHINGSTEIN – Russian officials bragged in conversations during the election campaign that they had cultivated a strong relationship with Michael Flynn and believed they could use him to influence Donald Trump and his team, sources told CNN. The conversations deeply concerned Pindo intelligence officials, some of whom acted on their own to limit how much sensitive information they shared with Flynn, who was tapped to become Trump’s national security adviser, current and former governments officials said. One former Obama administration official said:

This was a five-alarm fire from early on, the way the Russians were talking about him.

Another former administration official said Flynn was viewed as a potential national security problem. The conversations picked up by Pindo intelligence officials indicated the Russians regarded Flynn as an ally, sources said. That relationship developed throughout 2016, months before Flynn was caught on an intercepted call in December speaking with Sergei Kislyak. That call, and Flynn’s changing story about it, ultimately led to his firing as Trump’s first national security adviser. Officials cautioned, however, that the Russians might have exaggerated their sway with Trump’s team during those conversations. Flynn’s lawyer declined to comment. A White House official said in a statement:

We are confident that when these inquiries are complete there will be no evidence to support any collusion between the campaign and Russia. … This matter is not going to distract the President or this administration from its work to bring back jobs and keep Pindostan safe.

Flynn has emerged as a central figure in the intensifying investigations into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, and Pres Trump’s biggest liability. His financial ties to Turkish government interests, which paid him $530k in a lobbying deal that he failed to disclose during the campaign, are also under scrutiny by federal investigators. One major concern for Obama administration officials was the subject of conversations between Flynn and Kislyak that took place shortly after Obama slapped new sanctions on Russia for meddling in the election. Sources tell CNN that Flynn told Kislyak that the Trump administration would look favorably on a decision by Russia to hold off on retaliating with its own sanctions. The next day, Putin said he wouldn’t retaliate. Sources say Flynn also told Kislyak that the incoming Trump administration would revisit sanctions on Russia once in office. Flynn’s calls with Kislyak in December have received the most attention, but his relationship with the Russian ambassador goes back four years. He first met Kislyak in June 2013 during an official trip to Russia, according to the WaPo. He led the DIA at the time and met his counterparts at the GRU. In Dec 2015, Flynn attended a gala honoring RT. Documents released last month revealed that Flynn was paid $45k to attend the event, where he sat at the same table as Pres Putin. Officials noticed an uptick in communication between Flynn and Kislyak shortly after Flynn’s trip to Moscow in Dec 2015.

Trump angrily denied any collusion with Russia this week and denounced the newest investigation, now in the hands of special counsel Robert Mueller, as “a witch hunt.” bAnd he has remained steadfast in his loyalty to Flynn, even as the scrutiny surrounding his fired aide continues to weigh down his presidency. Trump urged then-FBI Director Comey in February to drop the bureau’s investigation into Flynn and “let this go,” according to a memo Comey wrote at the time. The conversation, first reported by the NYT earlier this week, has opened the president up to charges from critics of obstruction of justice. Trump’s obvious bond with Flynn, like his relationship with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other top advisors, appears rooted in the fact that they supported his then-longshot presidential campaign last year at a time when most Thugs were ostracizing him.

Trump told advisors ousting Flynn was mistake: report
Brandon Carter, The Hill, May 20 2017

Pres Trump has told aides and advisors that ousting former national security adviser Michael Flynn was a mistake, Politico reported Friday. Flynn resigned in February after misleading officials, including VP Pence, on contacts he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the 2016 campaign. Trump frequently defends Flynn to those around him, telling them in private that Flynn was a “good man,” the report said. Trump has also reportedly told those around him that he wishes the investigation into Flynn would go away. A White House official told Politico:

A lot of people in the White House don’t want anything to do with Flynn, but Trump loves him. He thinks everyone is out to get him.

Trump continues to defend Flynn despite reminders from White House counsel Don McGahn and others of the investigation into Flynn’s connections with Russia and his lobbying on behalf of foreign governments, according to the report, and Trump hasn’t been swayed by those stories or a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee. Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner is also reportedly a defender of Flynn within the White House, and supported his hiring as national security adviser. Former campaign officials told Politico that Trump and Flynn became close on the campaign trail as Flynn became one of the first prominent national security figures to endorse Trump. Trump’s continued defense of Flynn is based in part on a sense of loyalty. An associate of Flynn reportedly said:

Think of it like a family that fights, not a group of politicals who throw each other under the bus. Flynn and the president have been through quite a lot together.

Flynn and Trump are reportedly still in contact, with Trump recently telling him to “stay strong” amid a strong of controversies surrounding the general. Flynn has come under intense scrutiny for his time working as a lobbyist for the government of Turkey. The NYT reported Wednesday that the Trump transition team, headed by VP Pence, knew about Flynn being under investigation for working as a foreign lobbyist during the campaign. McClatchy also reported Wednesday that Flynn delayed a Daesh attack plan that aligned with Turkey’s interests.

Friday Night “Intelligence Community” Leak: Russia Bragged About Flynn Connections in Private
The_Real_Fly, Zero Hedge, May 19 2017

This has now reached TMZ-styled gossip. Now the ‘intelligence community’, aka the CIA, are leaking private conversations between unnamed Russian officials who bragged about how they could influence Trump via Flynn? Who actually believes this malarkey? Let’s think this through for a minute. It’s fairly obvious the CIA/NSA/FBI loathe President Trump and have decided they want to remove him, or at least greatly diminish his power, but these are the sort of leaks that make them look desperate. How are we to believe an unnamed source intercepted the conversations of unnamed Russian officials who discussed how they could control Trump via their influence over Flynn? More importantly, I’ve never seen a man, who has otherwise served his nation with great distinction (Flynn), get ripped apart like this on a daily basis. It’s important to remember that Flynn’s son was a big pedogate/ pizzagate theorist and had drawn the venomous ire of the left after John Podesta’s emails were obtained by the public.

CNN Reports Comey Has Changed His Mind, Now Believes Trump Tried To Influence Him
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, May 20 2017

Clearly disappointed to have been left out of the headline heroics from Friday night by the NYT & WaPo, CNN has decided that anonymously sourced perspectives on officials’ feelings now warrants reportage. The latest in the sad sage of mainstream media’s downward spiral, as the Hill reports, is that Comey is expected to testify that he believes Trump was deliberately trying to meddle in the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the presidential election, according to a report late Friday. Despite swearing under oath that he “had never” been influenced during an investigation, and further that if he had he would have reported it immediately. CNN now reports that according to a source, Comey has come to believe the president intended to influence him:

Comey now believes that Trump was trying to influence his judgment about the Russia probe, a person familiar with his thinking says, but whether that influence amounts to obstruction of justice remains an open question. The source said: “You have to have intent in order to obstruct justice in the criminal sense, and intent is hard to prove.” Comey will testify publicly before the Senate intelligence committee after Memorial Day, the panel’s leaders announced Friday.

The central question at that blockbuster hearing will be whether Comey believed the President was trying to interfere with his investigation.

Sources say Comey had reached no conclusion about the President’s intent before he was fired. But Comey did immediately recognize that the new President was not following normal protocols during their interactions.

So to clarify, a disgruntled fired employee, who previously said no effort to influence was undertaken, has now changed his mind, according to sources, and thinks his former boss was trying to influence him (according to sources).

PS – Too lazy to read the fucking papers:

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