From the beginning, it was Barack Obama who “targeted retired General Michael Flynn. From the beginning⏤the Trump-Russia Collusion hoax had somewhat of a contrarian angle for why it was perpetrated. Certainly, there was the Democrats and the political-left’s angst that Donald Trump won over Hillary Clinton. But for me, I also was extremely concerned with the effort to directly and deliberately go after Mike Flynn. To know Flynn, and to know his history with Obama and his senior intelligence community leadership brings to light a whole different angle and reason for such. It is important to understand that the entire operation was as much, or more about Obama and his people getting back at Mike Flynn and what he knew, then it was about stymieing the Trump Presidency and his agenda.
Flynn was the perceived lynchpin to taking down Trump, or so they thought and schemed to get Flynn!
So why Flynn? For those that don’t know Mike Flynn, the General’s must-read book, “Field of Fight,” is a searing indictment of Obama’s policies in the Middle East and Afghanistan, and for that matter the rest of the region. It is also a damning indictment of Obama’s pro-Muslim supremacist policies that downplayed the cultural and constitutional threat of importing vast numbers of Muslims to America.
At the same time, it is also easy to forget that Mike Flynn was one of Donald Trump’s most effective surrogates during the campaign. Along with a few other former military and intelligence officers, to include myself who served on behalf of candidate Donald J. Trump as keynote speaker⏤introducing Trump to America and the world “as a National Security President,” at the Trump Rally in February 2016 in Tampa, FL. Likewise, there are those like former CIA Officer Gary Bernsten and Army Colonel Rich Higgins, who hoisted the pirate flag and pounded Obama and Hillary Clinton with broadside after broadside. All of us helped Trump craft his America First national security platform. But for Mike Flynn, he also set the tone for a key piece of Trump’s appeal to voters wary of the Obama / Clinton pro-Muslim immigration policies, among other statements and comments since at least 2014.
Furthermore, beyond the military, political, and cultural critique of Obama’s destructive policies there was the critical fact that Flynn had been on the inside of Obama’s intelligence apparatus and cried foul, causing Obama to push him out as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Flynn was, as far as I can remember, the only senior Obama insider to break ranks and switch sides. In short, Flynn earned Obama’s hatred the easy way. How? He told the truth.
It is necessary to realize that the conspiracy to get Flynn all started long before Donald Trump ever entered the 2016 presidential campaign. As Svetlana Lokhova the Cambridge Intelligence Scholar and academic explained in court filings, and Adam Lovinger outlined in his whistleblower complaint, the plan to get Mike Flynn began in 2014 and involved Stefan Halper, British intelligence and former CIA Director John Brennan who put in motion the plan and strategy to destroy Mike Flynn before Trump was even in the race for President.
How much did Obama hate Mike Flynn?
For one, he put him in the same category of threat as Kim Jong Un, the North Korean dictator. Recall, back in 2017, it was reported that outgoing President Obama in one of his transition meetings, warned President-elect Donald Trump against hiring Mike Flynn as his national security adviser.
The warning, which was first reported and made public in May 2017, came less than 48-hours after the November election when both Obama and Trump sat down for a 90-minute conversation in the Oval Office. During that conversation Obama raised the issue of General Mike Flynn. In the discussion with President-elect Trump, Obama made it clear to the President-elect that he was “not a fan of Michael Flynn.”
Note that that Obama’s November 2016 warning pre-dated the phony concerns about Flynn’s contacts with the Russian ambassador. Obama reportedly passed along his general caution to Trump that he believed Flynn was not suitable for such a high-level post. Again, in the same category to stay vigilant of Kim Jong Un and North Korea.
These revelations were made in May 2017 on the same day that former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testified behind closed doors about the events that led to Flynn’s eventual firing. While many of us were aware of what Yates said, it did not come out publicly until Attorney General Bill Barr and his DOJ dismissed the case against Flynn last week, and in turn caused the release of Yates’ testimony given before a House Intelligence Committee investigating the Russia-Spygate hoax.
Yates testified that during the January 5, 2017 Oval Office meeting, that Obama demonstrated he was well aware of the details of then-incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn’s seven intercepted December 2016 phone calls with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, apparently surprising Yates, according to documents released last Thursday as exhibits to the DOJ’s motion to dismiss Flynn’s case.
As many of us closely following this over the past three-plus years, never doubted Obama’s true role in the overall effort. It was somewhat refreshing and reassuring of the revelations this past week to what we pretty much knew all along. As reported, Obama’s unexpectedly intimate knowledge of the details of Flynn’s calls, which the FBI acknowledged at the time were not criminal or even improper. In many cases it raised eyebrows because of his own history with Flynn, and because top FBI officials secretly discussed whether their goal⏤was “to get Flynn in a lie, and or to get Flynn fired” when the FBI agents interviewed him in the White House Situation Room on January 24, 2017.
Attending the January 5, 2017 Oval Office meeting were former FBI Director James Comey, former Vice President Joe Biden, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, which was validated in the newly declassified documents, which included an FD-302 FBI witness report. Also, in that meeting with Obama, in which they were discussing Russian election interference, was Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice, along with other members of the National Security Council.
Following that January 5th briefing, Obama asked both Yates and Comey to “stay behind.” It was at that time Obama said he had “learned of the information about Flynn” and his conversation with Russia’s ambassador referenced sanctions. Obama “specified that he did not want any additional information on the matter but was seeking information on whether the White House should be treating Flynn any differently, given the information.”
Furthermore, in a classified memo prepared by Rice, she stated that Biden also stayed behind after the main briefing had ended. What matters in addition to what Biden heard or knew, was also the fact that he now is both a participant and a witness. This of course, now means that he can be called and or subpoenaed to testify. Certainly, that in and of itself is critical and could be embarrassing to Obama, as well as to those present at the January 5th Oval Office meeting, and to his presidential campaign. No one yet has even addressed this aspect, but I can assure you that the Obama and the Democrat Party lawyers heads are spinning. Why, because if he is called as a witness, he is the last guy you would want to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee or by Attorney John Durham, or both. Under the right pressure, Biden could potentially do the ‘ultimate Crazy Joe Biden’ – talking like a lunatic, and the ‘piece de resistance’ – inadvertently or likely outing Obama to cover his own ass, or other chicanery⏤so typical Biden. We shall see how this plays out…it will be interesting.
This brings us to the topic of the actual disputed phone call with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. It certainly, among other things, yet another Obama policy which Flynn and Trump planned to undo⏤that being Obama’s sanctions on Russia. Kislyak was the one doing the asking and Flynn told him that was a matter to be addressed after the inauguration. No foul, no harm. Or of course, from Obama’s perspective, another act of insubordination by Mike Flynn.
To further validate the fact that General Flynn was “targeted,” we need only to go to the newly declassified portions of the key Susan Rice January 20th 2017 email that confirms that Flynn was personally targeted during a January 5th Oval Office meeting with Obama. And Obama was at the helm in that meeting.
Further, on January 20th, as Donald Trump was being inaugurated⏤Rice sent herself a bizarre email detailing the January 5th meeting between her, Obama, Biden, Yates, Clapper, Brennan, and Comey. In the email, portions of which were recently declassified, Rice recorded that Flynn, was personally discussed. The fact that Flynn had been discussed is critical. Obama commented that “From a national security perspective, he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia.”
During the meeting Comey said he did have some concerns that Flynn is speaking frequently with Russian Ambassador Kislyak. Likewise, Rice wrote in a portion of the email that “Comey said that could be an issue as it relates to sharing sensitive information.” As a follow-on, Rice noted “President Obama asked if Comey was saying the NSC should not pass sensitive information related to Russia to Flynn.” Rice noted Comey replied “potentially.” Comey added that he had “no indication thus far that Flynn has passed classified information to Kislyak, but he noted that ‘the level of communication is unusual.’” Rice’s email did not explain how it would be “unusual” for an incoming national security adviser to converse with foreign leaders ahead of a new president’s inauguration.
Certainly, it will be interesting to see what else from Rice’s email will be likely declassified in the coming weeks, as Rice called for on Tuesday, referencing the transcript of the Flynn-Kislyak call. It should also be noted that Susan Rice’s email was actually posted/sent after 12-noon on January 20th – Trump was NOW the POTUS, and therefore, her email was the property of the Trump White House, which as of noon, she was no longer the national security advisor and technically, she did not have authority to use the NSC email system.
Those of us closely following this see the calls between Flynn and Kislyak as little more than a pretext to hide the Obama’s spy campaign against Trump from the newly elected president’s team and to justify a continued inquisition against General Flynn, as Flynn’s deputy, KT McFarland alluded to also on Tuesday.
With that, there are two other final questions needed to be answered, those are:
- As of today, it is still unknown who informed Obama of the intercepted Flynn-Kislyak phone call, and it remains to be seen if Yates, Comey, Biden or anyone else will tell the full truth about what was said directly or between the lines in the January 5, 2017 “stay behind” meeting.
- The other question that no one is asking is, who actually directed the intercept of Flynn-Kislyak phone call to be electronically collected, as well as who knew, and how, that Flynn was actually talking with the Russian ambassador? The National Security Agency (NSA) vacuums up millions of conversations. While all those communications are recorded, racket and stacked, and categorized by the vast network of NSA computers⏤there is a requirement put forth by the intelligence community, in specific and certain cases, to look for a select and specific communication, i.e.; the phone call between Mike Flynn and the Russian ambassador.
The answer to that is simple and pointed and let me be the first to put it out there. That name is none other than Obama’s former CIA Director, John Brennan. Brennan issued the requirement and when he had that verified and validated, he made sure to inform Obama. Why, because Brennan hated Mike Flynn as much as Obama did, and probably even more. I will explain that dimension in my next article over the course of the coming week.
Had Mike Flynn not been taken down, I can guarantee from my experience serving on the NSC staff, he would have found out that they had been, or had investigated the Trump campaign, and obviously, were continuing to investigate, working to undermine the Trump presidency.
No doubt, because of the access to everything the national security adviser has, Flynn also would have found out that they were using the FISA court for conducting surveillance on the Trump campaign, as well as the Trump administration. Finally, Flynn would have most certainly been able to figure out pretty easily that President Trump was the ultimate quarry that they had in connection with the investigation.
As it stands to today, both Obama and his team of insiders⏤his henchmen, are scared to death of what General Mike Flynn could say about the things he witnessed while serving in the Obama administration from 2009-2014. They are also scared to death about what he knows has been going on since, and certainly what he could have had access to had he been able to remain as National Security Adviser. And certainly, what he can still reveal.
In the end, one thing is clear even with some unknown details, still unavailable today – Obama was out to get Flynn and he had a number of willing key top-level accomplices available at the January 5, 2017 Oval Office meeting to help take him out⏤and they did. As the General tweeted this week, he took a stand saying, “Be not afraid!” In the end, Mike Flynn will have the final say⏤stand by.