The Trump Gang Was Warned Last Month That Flynn Was Vulnerable to Russian Blackmail

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Michael Flynn’s resignation as National Security Adviser is all over the news, but here’s the piece I found most interesting — because it’s a clear indication that the Trump gang not only knew abut Flynn’s Russia problem long ago, they covered up the information and did nothing about it: Justice Department warned White House that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail, officials say.

The acting attorney general informed the Trump White House late last month that she believed Michael Flynn had misled senior administration officials about the nature of his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States, and warned that the national security adviser was potentially vulnerable to Russian blackmail, current and former U.S. officials said.

The message, delivered by Sally Q. Yates and a senior career national security official to the White House counsel, was prompted by concerns that ­Flynn, when asked about his calls and texts with the ­Russian diplomat, had told Vice ­President-elect Mike Pence and others that he had not discussed the Obama administration sanctions on Russia for its interference in the 2016 election, the officials said. It is unclear what the White House counsel, Donald McGahn, did with the ­information.

I have to admit it’s slightly inaccurate to say they did “nothing” with this information; Trump did at least one thing at that time. He fired acting attorney general Sally Yates, ostensibly because she was refusing to support his Muslim ban. But it now seems probable that her message about Flynn’s vulnerability to Russian blackmail may have also played a part in Trump’s decision.

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Dr. Matt  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:25:20am

*Repost from below*

The most corrupt regime in American history:

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:25:46am
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jaunte  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:27:10am

re: #2 Backwoods_Sleuth

Flynn had absolutely no reason to take the risk of doing this on his own.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:27:42am

repost from downstairs:

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jaunte  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:27:49am

He knew he would be recorded. He thought he would be protected.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:29:15am

I’m wondering how much sneaky spy equipment Flynn left behind at the WH, Mar-A-Lago, and Trump Tower….

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Eclectic Cyborg  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:29:35am

I had just had a distressing thought:

If Trump ever does take us to war with Iran that fucker could bring back the draft.

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Belafon  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:31:17am

re: #7 Eclectic Cyborg

I had just had a distressing thought:

If Trump ever does take us to war with Iran that fucker could bring back the draft.

There would have to be a change in the law. Imagine the protests to that.

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coin operated  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:32:29am

re: #4 Backwoods_Sleuth

Pretty clear it doesn’t matter when the President was told…he fired the messenger and ignored the message until it became public.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:34:04am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:34:56am

LOLOLOLOL

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I Would Prefer Not To  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:36:01am

Still Love Her.

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Timothy Watson  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:36:47am

re: #11 Backwoods_Sleuth

LOLOLOLOL

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The Judean People’s Front was unavailable for comment.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:37:00am

re: #11 Backwoods_Sleuth

LOLOLOLOL

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does poor widdle Roger need a safe space?

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:37:12am
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jaunte  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:37:21am

Whatta coincidence.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:37:55am

re: #16 jaunte

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Whatta coincidence.

They’re just taking Flynn home.

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:38:39am
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wrenchwench  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:38:52am
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Charles Johnson  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:39:05am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:39:17am
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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:39:47am

re: #20 Charles Johnson

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Our government’s stability is the one thing we’ve been able to count on as Americans throughout the generations. This is really disturbing stuff.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:40:15am

re: #21 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Wayne LaPierre gets a pair of wings everytime a child’s blood gets on his hands.

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:41:06am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:41:08am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:42:38am

Nothing General Flynn did was a “violation of any sort,” it came down to a “matter of trust” - @seanspicer bbc.in

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Timothy Watson  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:42:56am

re: #24 goddamnedfrank

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Or Spicer lied to make Trump look competent.

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jaunte  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:43:25am

re: #26 Backwoods_Sleuth

“We trusted him right up until the public found out.”

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Charles Johnson  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:44:29am
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:45:24am
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Dr. Matt  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:46:45am

Hey look, Drump is winning!! Huuuuugee!!!

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MsJ  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:47:38am

re: #8 Belafon

There would have to be a change in the law. Imagine the protests to that.

Have Republicans cared about protests thus far? Only fake people from fake districts protest. Real people - all real people - love Republicans and Republicans alone.

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Ace Rothstein  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:48:05am

re: #31 Dr. Matt

Hey look, Drump is winning!! Huuuuugee!!!

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Down the shitter.

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[deleted]  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:49:03am
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Kragar  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:51:13am
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Barefoot Grin  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:51:34am

re: #7 Eclectic Cyborg

I had just had a distressing thought:

If Trump ever does take us to war with Iran that fucker could bring back the draft.

With teenage sons, I’ve been thinking about it a lot for the last couple of months.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2017 • 11:58:10am

re: #36 Barefoot Grin

With teenage sons, I’ve been thinking about it a lot for the last couple of months.

I’m turning 30 this year but I got a brother who will be 18 in two years and I know a lot of his friends since I coach the boys in house league basketball. I’m definitely worried about a war with Iran. Iran would be more tougher than Iraq.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2017 • 12:00:26pm

re: #29 Charles Johnson

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Really, it’s fucking unreal. Of course, when the shit inevitably hits the fan. The Republicans being the cowardly needle dicks they are will blame the Democrats because if there’s one thing Republicans don’t know how to take, it’s responsibility for their actions.

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MsJ  Feb 14, 2017 • 12:02:08pm

re: #21 Backwoods_Sleuth

America is broken.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Feb 14, 2017 • 12:02:23pm
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electrotek  Feb 14, 2017 • 12:02:35pm

re: #37 HappyWarrior

I’m turning 30 this year but I got a brother who will be 18 in two years and I know a lot of his friends since I coach the boys in house league basketball. I’m definitely worried about a war with Iran. Iran would be more tougher than Iraq.

I think the spoiled kids from rich Iranian elites in LA and OC who voted for Trump and hold anti-Muslim attitudes should be the first to give their kids up for the draft.

After all, put up or shut up eh?

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Timothy Watson  Feb 14, 2017 • 12:02:37pm

re: #37 HappyWarrior

I’m turning 30 this year but I got a brother who will be 18 in two years and I know a lot of his friends since I coach the boys in house league basketball. I’m definitely worried about a war with Iran. Iran would be more tougher than Iraq.

Only twice the population and three times the size.

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MsJ  Feb 14, 2017 • 12:02:38pm

re: #23 HappyWarrior

Wayne LaPierre gets a pair of wings everytime a child’s blood gets on his hands.

Wings, hell. Horns.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2017 • 12:03:45pm

re: #43 MsJ

Wings, hell. Horns.

I was playing off the It’s a Wonderful Life motif. You saw where Miller apparently becaem a right wing conservative because of reading LaPeirre right?

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Sir John Barron  Feb 14, 2017 • 12:05:31pm

re: #40 Backwoods_Sleuth

Make America Great Again Day 25: Russian ships right off the coast. So much winning.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2017 • 12:08:19pm

re: #45 Sir John Barron

Make America Great Again Day 25: Russian ships right off the coast. So much winning.

We’re tired of it. //

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MsJ  Feb 14, 2017 • 12:09:13pm

re: #44 HappyWarrior

I was playing off the It’s a Wonderful Life motif. You saw where Miller apparently becaem a right wing conservative because of reading LaPeirre right?

I hadn’t but not surprising. One psychopath likes another.

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goddamnedfrank  Feb 14, 2017 • 12:10:45pm

re: #18 goddamnedfrank

Unfuckingbelievable!

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Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))  Feb 14, 2017 • 12:22:30pm

re: #40 Backwoods_Sleuth

“Administration officials said the Russians now have two battalions of the prohibited cruise missile.”

Trump to Flynn: “I know you don’t work for me any more, but what’s a battalion?”

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Eventual Carrion  Feb 14, 2017 • 12:23:12pm

re: #36 Barefoot Grin

With teenage sons, I’ve been thinking about it a lot for the last couple of months.

Same here. My youngest is 1.5 years from 18 years old.

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HappyWarrior  Feb 14, 2017 • 12:23:20pm

re: #49 Wendell Zurkowitz ((slave to the waffle light))

Trump to Flynn: “I know you don’t work for me any more, but what’s a battalion?”

What’s a battle? Ralph Wiggum Trump.

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Eventual Carrion  Feb 14, 2017 • 12:26:15pm

re: #48 goddamnedfrank

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Unfuckingbelievable!

At least we won’t have to hear about it in the press for 8 months like we would if Hillary had done something like that.

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Khal Wimpo (wounded at Bowling Green)  Feb 14, 2017 • 12:40:58pm

re: #34 sizzzzlerz

The gop votes for guns for the mentally ill; meanwhile, the safety and integrity of our nation is at severe risk and they refuse to take action and they don’t care.

Time for 2nd amendment solutions?

Take that shit out of here.

We do not call for shooting elected officials here.

Stop it right now.

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nkdee  Feb 16, 2017 • 4:01:38pm

re: #29 Charles Johnson

I wonder if it is the same phone he used as a flashlight for his “situation room…ummm dinner table” conference with the Japanese PM the other night.


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