Tuesday, February 14, 2017

What Am I Missing Here?

2/14/17 Washington Post:
Flynn resigned Monday night, days after The Washington Post reported that intelligence officials had recorded Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. before Trump took office. Those recordings, The Post reported, appeared to contradict Flynn’s own claims that he had not discussed easing U.S. sanctions on Russia.
So a private citizen talks to the Russian ambassador and this justifies firing him.  I get that he should not have lied to the VP about this, but is this the real reason he is gone?


  1. No idea why the firing, but it should be prominent that the evidence presented was NSA/CIA intercepts that were illegally released to a journalist. Not only that, it was done for political purposes.
    Our Intelligence Forces and Surveillance systems are irredeemably compromised not by foreign powers but by internal politics.

  2. From what I can pick out from the noise, he is out because he didn't tell the complete truth to Trump et al. Therefore he is no longer trusted and is out.

  3. "It's not even clear that Flynn lied. He says in his resignation letter that he did not deliberately leave out elements of his conversations with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak when he recounted them to Vice President Mike Pence. The New York Times and Washington Post reported that the transcript of the phone call reviewed over the weekend by the White House could be read different ways. One White House official with knowledge of the conversations told me that the Russian ambassador raised the sanctions to Flynn and that Flynn responded that the Trump team would be taking office in a few weeks and would review Russia policy and sanctions. That's neither illegal nor improper."


    Any further investigations into the matter had better pursue the author's unnamed White House source.

  4. Flynn seems to have proven that he is no smarter than H. Clinton and Co. Talking to a Russian embassy official and not understanding that SOMEONE is going to be recording the conversation. MULTIPLE someones, from many sides, most likely.
    I'm sure we have people who's only job is to work at recording as much conversation of foreign officials here in the US as is possible. That's the nature of intelligence gathering.

  5. Flynn was reported to have been canned because he provided incomplete/incorrect info to the Vice President. However, the person who was in charge of vetting Mike Flynn for the position did not reveal the supposed conversations to the President!

    Which failure is more significant? The person who failed to reveal the conversations to the President did not get fired! Why?

  6. Yeah, I can't get over the fact that "intelligence officials had recorded Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador".

    Why the heck is the news not reporting that?

    Oh, I forgot. Because Trump is a Republican.