Trump’s newly confirmed nat sec adviser under investigation for ties to Russia
General Michael Flynn was sworn in as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser Sunday, despite the fact that he’s reportedly under investigation over calls he made to Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak the very same day President Obama booted 35 diplomats from the country following intel reports Moscow interfered in the election to assist President Trump. The investigation is part of a previously announced inquiry by the FBI, CIA, NSA, and Treasury Department into ties between Russia and several Trump associates, including former campaign manager Paul Manafort and conspiracy theory wienie Roger Stone.
The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that the intel community is looking into whether the discussions Flynn had with Kislyak violate any laws. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who demonstrated a penchant for lying his first day on the job, said the calls merely focused on organizing a conversation between the president and Vladimir Putin. A White House spokesperson said Sunday they had “absolutely no knowledge of any investigation or even a basis for such an investigation.”
This wouldn’t be the first time Flynn’s been the subject of an inquiry for potential corruption. In 2010, Flynn was busted for sharing classified information with foreign military officers while serving as the U.S. military intelligence chief for Afghanistan. When the investigation was first made public, Flynn stated that he had permission to share the classified intel, an assertion later revealed to be a lie. Flynn was never punished because he claimed he was unaware the information he shared was classified.
So take your pick. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn: incompetent, liar, or both?
[WSJ | Photo: Getty]