Thursday, 21 September, 2017

Trump Knew Flynn Was Under Investigation Before Hiring Him — NY Times

Freda Brock | 19 May, 2017, 03:05

President Donald Trump knew Michael Flynn was under FBI investigation for his work as a lobbyist for Turkey before he named the retired Army general his national security adviser, The New York Times reported Wednesday night.

The disclosure by Flynn on January 4 was first made to then-Trump transition team lawyer Donald F. McGahn II, who is now the White House counsel, two people familiar with the case told the newspaper.

The Trump White House denies Comey's version of events. He was ultimately paid more than $500,000 to advocate for the Turkish government.

According to the report, Flynn declined a request from the Obama administration to approve an operation in the IS stronghold of Raqqa, effectively delaying the military operation. The official had the impression Trump's people vetoed it because they wanted to do their own strategic review.

Earlier that day, the chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight Committee had accused Flynn of breaching a federal law by failing to disclose foreign income from Russian Federation and Turkey. His reasoning wasn't reported, but Turkey has long opposed US military operations in cooperation with Kurdish forces.

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Although Yahoo News could not confirm how Trump relayed this message to Flynn, his ongoing support for his fired adviser has become a source of controversy.

Flynn was sacked as national security adviser by Trump on February 13 after the White House said he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top officials about his communications with Russia's ambassador to the United States.

The president reportedly asked former FBI Director James Comey to end the investigation shortly before firing him.

The Trump administration has been plagued by questions over Flynn, who was sacked only 24 days into the role, and he's a key figure in ongoing investigations by Congress and the FBI.

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