Flynn’s resignation – de-Kremlinization of the White House?

Michael Flynn speaks at the Defense Intelligence Agency change of directorship in 2012. Photo: defense.gov

Michael Flynn speaks at the Defense Intelligence Agency change of directorship in 2012. Photo: defense.gov 

2017/02/16 - 05:09 • Analysis & Opinion

Article by: Kseniya Kirillova

President Trump’s former adviser Michael Flynn is neither the only nor the most important link between the new US administration and the Kremlin. A tough fight seems to be starting within the American establishment to expose any contacts with Moscow which can compromise the White House.

The formal reason behind the resignation of Donald Trump’s national security advisor Michael Flynn was a media scandal during which it became clear Flynn misled US Vice-President Mike Pence about his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump took office.

However, many US politicians, experts, and journalists insist that the president’s former adviser is neither the only nor the most important link between the new US administration and the Kremlin. A fight seems to be brewing within the American establishment to expose any contacts with Moscow which can compromise the White House.

The scandal broke out after The Washington Post, quoting “officials who had access to reports from US intelligence and law enforcement agencies,” reported that Michael Flynn discussed US sanctions against Russia in private communications with Kislyak, although the President’s ex-adviser repeatedly denied ever raising this topic with the Russian embassy.

“Nine current and former officials, who were in senior positions at multiple agencies at the time of the calls, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters. All of those officials said ­Flynn’s references to the election-related sanctions were explicit. Two of those officials went further, saying that Flynn urged Russia not to overreact to the penalties being imposed by President Barack Obama, making clear that the two sides would be in position to review the matter after Trump was sworn in as president,” the paper said.

Not being entirely sincere cost Flynn his career and post which he has held for less than a month.

However, it seems the investigation launched in Washington is only gaining momentum. Republican Senator Roy Blunt said there should be an exhaustive investigation into the ties between Russia and the Trump administration. Democrats in the Senate share his opinion, putting it straight: the contacts between the Trump administration and Russia do not end with Flynn.

“American national security demands that we not allow Michael Flynn to become a scapegoat for this Admin’s disturbing ties to Russia,” Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted.

“Putin will be disappointed by Flynn departure. I assess he was prob not a spy, but rather what the SVR calls a “trusted person” in the WH,” the CIA’s former Chief of Russia operations, Steve Hall, echoed the sentiment.

Like politicians and experts, the American press is not planning to soft-pedal the developments in the White House, Trump’s lack of respect for media being part of the reason.

In particular, The New York Times said that phone records and intercepted calls show that “members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials.” It noted that American law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee. CNN also reported this. The media called out Trump for speaking glowingly about Putin, his hopes that Russian intelligence services had stolen Hillary Clinton’s emails and would make them public, and his assistant’s business contacts with Moscow.

The New York Times also said that President Trump had known about concerns that Flynn lied for more than two weeks before demanding his resignation. Republican Adam Smith, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said revelations about Flynn’s interactions with Russia “raise grave questions about who in the White House knew about Flynn’s vulnerability to blackmail and exploitation by the Russian government, and when they knew about it.”

It is quite logical that amid such inquiries, Donald Trump and members of his teams will try to distance themselves from Moscow as much as possible.

“Putin is now a walking political death of Trump.” — Vitaliy Portnikov

The White House’s statement that Russia must return Crimea to Ukraine can be an example of such distancing. However, if secret agreements or unauthorized contacts, at which the senators and press hint, indeed took place, Ukraine should not have much trust in such statements because their implementation into reality directly depends on whether the Congress and law-enforcement bodies are ready to see an investigation to its end.

What is more, Viktor Ozerov, head of the Council of Federation committee for security and defense, expressly said that such statements “may have to do with the administration’s willingness to ‘tone down’ the discontent of the US establishment” with the president’s pro-Russian position. So he made it clear that Trump and his entourage just said what they were expected to say, nothing more.

Viktor Ozerov, head of the Russian Council of Federation committee for security and defense

Viktor Ozerov, head of the Russian Council of Federation committee for security and defense

For now, there is no information on what terms Michael Flynn could discuss a reprieve of sanctions with the Russian ambassador and whether any deals or promises of future geopolitical decisions were made at all.

At the same time, after Trump was elected president of the USA, Moscow felt more comfortable domestically and in the international arena.

For example, repeat attempts were made to poison opposition member Vladimir Kara-Murza and hand a guilty verdict down on Aleksey Navalnyy.

The situation in foreign policy is no less tense. There is a flare-up in violence between Russian militants and the Ukrainian Armed Forces, especially in the area of Avdiyivka. Currently, there is no sign that the war is going to end anytime soon.

Read also: Escalation in Avdiivka, Eastern Ukraine: key facts and sources

Russia is also trying, as European diplomats fear, to wage a civil war in Libya and thus provoke a new migration crisis in Europe, similar to the Syrian one. There is another escalation in the Balkans, which also involves Moscow. It is noteworthy that pro-Russian Serb radicals, according to political analyst Vencislav Bujić, are confident of their absolute impunity and say confidently that the new US administration would put no obstacles to them in any way.

Read also: Plans for a “Great Serbia” and the Kremlin’s hybrid war in the Balkans

Experts from Belarus, Armenia, and Georgia say about a “creeping occupation” of their countries by Russia. Some analysts believe destabilization in Central Asia is imminent, which will also benefit Moscow seeking to curb Chinese influence on the region.

Now it will be quite interesting to see if a formal increase in the anti-Russian rhetoric of the White House is going to affect the Kremlin’s practical actions. And whether Washington can have a stabilizing impact on the countries seen as possible targets for Russia’s next aggression.

Source: Originally published in lb.ua

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  • zorbatheturk

    This kind of investigation could never occur in totalitarian ruSSiya. Also Putin’s links to the ruSSiyan mafiya need to be investigated. The ruSSian mafia in turn is in league with the most powerful Italian organized crime family, the ‘Ndrangheta. Money laundering, drugs, extortion, prostitution, human trafficking, cyberfraud, weapons, construction kickbacks, etc. Lotsa ways to make-a da cash in Europe for the goodfellas…

    • Dirk Smith

      Putin is nothing more than an international mafia syndicate that occasionally governs; most likely Tambov mafia. This cancer must be cured.

      • Andrew Chimplewsky

        RETARD – What do you think is the DEEP STATE in US but a Bigger Criminal Syndicate?

        • Dirk Smith

          LOL. Quisling imbecile.

          • Andrew Chimplewsky

            LOL. RETARD – ZIONIST LOVING UkrNAZZI!!

          • Dirk Smith

            No wonder you have the name ‘Chimp’ in your name. You have the mental capacity of a chimp by typing the same thing over and over in capital letters. LOL.

        • Alex George

          There is no such thing as Deep State.

          But there is a Russian mafia which Putin did deals with in order to get to power. And I note that you cannot refute Dirk Smith’s point.

          Before calling anyone “retard”, read your own posts more carefully.

    • Brent

      The U.S. probably has a good idea where are Putin’s stolen money is stashed away too and should make public record of that.

      I’m glad that this is all starting to come out.

      • Oknemfrod

        Er, not probably but certainly. And not only it can make it pubic but it can freeze it for good, should there be enough political will. As Trump is getting transposed, lickety-split, from the Kremlin’s best hope to the ultimate means to make a few rubles printing “Трамп ЧМО” bumper stickers, it would be a spectacle to behold.

        • Dagwood Bumstead

          I say freeze the dwarf’s ill-gotten gains, and those of his crooked chums Medvedev, Rogozin, Lozhvrov, Shoigu, Siluaniv, Sechin, Miller and all the other crooks. They can’t start screaming, because then they would admit to having stolen billions from the Dwarfstanian State treasury. The dwarf’sofficial salary as president of Dwarfstan is about $135,000; even if the dwarf hadn’t spent a cent in the years he’s been top dog there’s no way he could have amassed billions legally.

          • Oknemfrod

            With the kind of arithmetic they use in Kremlin, when the dwarf asks how much is two plus two, they ask “How much do you need?”.

          • Andrew Chmil

            Not done with Flynn yet!

            via Julia Davis (of-course!)
            Who wrote, tersely as usual, her preamble & bottom line take on the below story title as:
            “Clearly, Flynn never requested such approval.”
            Pentagon finds it has no records approving Mike Flynn’s Russian-TV pay”
            ————————

            Wall Street Journal:
            Pentagon Finds It Has No Records Approving Mike Flynn’s Russian-TV Pay

            https://www.wsj.com/articles/pentagon-finds-it-has-no-records-approving-mike-flynns-russian-tv-pay-1487291722

            Not a good thing for a retired U.S. General to take Ruski money without telling anyone AND ASKING FOR PERMISSION… .

          • Andrew Chimplewsky

            Ukrapistan Trolls have no say here. You are UKRAPISTAN’S TROLL!

        • Andrew Chmil

          Than Putin would retaliate & show the movies of Trump with Ruski prostitutes & doing “golden showers” & sh*t.

          It would make a good movie for all to see.

          Melania would divorce him, get a lot of money & take her kid…
          & SHE WOULD WANT A LOT MORE — forget the per-nuptial !! — to go quietly …. or she would make a lot of noise…. :))

          SHE IS NOT STUPID! :)

          • Andrew Chimplewsky

            I’ll SHOW THE MOVIE OF YOU (GALICIAN SWINE) ON YOUR KNEES FOR ME!!

          • Andrew Chmil

            you have a DEEP interest in rape AND HOMOSEXUALITY …. it appears you may have been sexually abused as a kid …. Probably…. probably by a ***SERBIAN*** …. another mental case like you … have you had your medications today?? 😉

          • Andrew Chimilewsky’s Daddy!

            ANDREW CHMILEWSKY … NOTORIOUS ….**UKRAINIAN RAPIST LOSER ** !!

          • Andrew Chmil

            yeah …. sexually abused as a kid … why you are so COWARDLY, a liar, mentally ill, REALLY SICK!!! etc…

            You’ll be in Hell soon enough! :)
            You are in Hell NOW you POS mental case.

            Take your MEDICINE !! YUM! YUM!!!
            ***SERBIAN*** candy! 😉

          • Andrew Chimilewsky’s Daddy!

            **ANDREW THE STALKER** ……..**CRAZY UKRAINIAN RAPIST**……..
            *HATED EVEN BY HIS SON ZENON* … *UKRAINIAN SCUM* !!

          • Andrew Chmil

            Keep lying MENTAL CASE ON MEDICATIONS ***SERBIAN*** 😉

            Here” — THIS IS WTF your most BELOVED Russo-mongolian gods think of you
            ***SERBIAN*** raping scum :)

            Discussion on

            Ukraine Today USA

            36 comments

            Russia plotted to overthrow Montenegro’s government by assassinating
            Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic last year, according to senior Whitehall
            sources

            https://disqus.com/home/discussion/channel-ukrainetodayusa/russia_plotted_to_overthrow_montenegros_government_by_assassinating_prime_minister_milo_djukanovic_l/

            Be sure to read this comment —- ***SERBIAN*** SUCKER!!!! :))
            SLAVE TO THE RUSSO-MONGOLIANS!!!! :)
            DO MORE **VOLUNTEER** WORK for them! :))
            WTF else do you have to do??? — Besides EATING your “MEDICATIONS”
            RIGHT? 😉

            Oknemfrod
            3 days ago
            “What the article doesn’t mention is that it was SBU (Ukraine Security
            Service) that helped the Montenegro government foil the coup. SBU had
            been “leading” those miscreants involved in the plot and following their
            communications since they emerged in Donbas to fight in the terrorist
            ranks of ORDLO, having itself originally obtained their profiles from
            the US. Once it was discovered that they were about to leave to
            Montenegro, the information was furnished to the proper authorities
            there, and they were nabbed as a result. If Putler had hated SBU before,
            I can imagine how he hated it now, especially considering that before
            Maidan, it had been chock full of his own moles.”

          • Andrew Chimilewsky’s Daddy!

            ** ANDREW CHMILEWSKY FAKE ACCOUNT ANDREW CHMIL** – You are my beyatch… I gave you that name CHMIL and can change it any time … you ** DISTINGUISHING WIFE RAPIST** … **CHILD ABUSER** ……………… *** UKRAINIAN SCUMBAG*** ….. ** NO HONOR OR SHAME**

          • Andrew Chimilewsky’s Daddy!

            ***RAPIST *** ** ANDREW CHMILEWSKY FAKE ACCOUNT ANDREW CHMIL** –

            _

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4d31fd94e13c09d5af3b073a85407f67e0dfc6395f88d81ea4a2555354f697f6.jpg

          • Andrew Chmil

            of course **YOU** “believe” a LYING MENTAL CASE LIKE YOU ON DRUGS!!! :)))

            ***SERBIAN***

            Get a job yet? 😉
            Mama taking care of you? 😉

            Find a girlfriend? EVER?? 😉

          • Andrew Chimilewsky’s Daddy!

            Your son ZINON says he is not even giving you his number.
            You are a real ** UKRAINIAN SCUMBAG ** life long ……**LOSER**

        • Andrew Chimplewsky

          STUPID – do you think he would ever want to live anywhere else then in Russia??

      • Andrew Chimplewsky

        STUPID – do you think he would ever want to live anywhere else then in Russia?

        • Dirk Smith

          LOL. Another pussy living comfortably in the West.

          • Andrew Chimplewsky

            LOL. IDIOT – Alex George The Fake, when you use your other accounts, cut LOL because we recognize you, THE MORON, instantaneously.

          • Dirk Smith

            What are you babbling about now, mongol? ‘we recognize you.’ You think I’m Alex George? You tinfoil hat morons are laughable. Everything is a conspiracy to you. No wonder you blindly follow your gay pedophile kleptomaniac.
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c2a5e4a0c09b5792b77e2a5823d3dd9408755fb1b4d97bdd6d4e9f6a845ed37d.jpg

          • Andrew Chimplewsky

            HEY UkrNAZZI PIG, WHY DO YOU W H O R E S LOVE HITLER SO MUCH?
            http://www.mourningtheancient.com/truth-ukraine-o-25v1uu3.jpg

          • Dirk Smith

            Thanks for validating my statement, Andy. You seem to have forgotten the Ribbentropp-Molotov Pact. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bc899b8513fbb5afb39436d27dc39cd93dc6ade27203fa9035aab8e0355d3024.jpg

          • Andrew Chimplewsky

            Galician UkrNaZZi, all you can do in tongue my anus AFTER intensively gargling the mouth wash~!

          • Alex George

            Thank you for the admission that you cannot refute a single point that he makes . Your posts are nothing but abuse, which is an admission of weakness.

            You are particularly frightened on this [point about Nazzism, because you know that Russia is the stronghold of Nazzism today, as was Yugoslavia, when it existed.

          • Andrew Chimplewsky

            Dirk is Jerk, why are you ZioNaZZi suck at trolling?
            Go back suck your meth pipe, you drank dumbo!

          • Alex George

            Time to start flagging, I suggest. By everyone.

          • Andrew Chimplewsky

            Get first on you knees and do what you do best between my legs.

          • Alex George

            Oh dear the poor senile old troll – you just aren’t coping, are you?

            Now, stop getting angry, punching the wall, smashing hte keyboard, screaming at the monitor in rage etc.

            Just accept that your dear Fuehrer Putin is losing the foolish war that he started with Ukraine, and that it is the Russian people in Ukraine who are most opposed to him.

          • Quartermaster

            I did. I Also contacted Euromaidan as well to inform them of the runaway troll.

          • Alex George

            Great move, thanks.

          • Quartermaster

            They haven’t killed Andrew Chimp yet. He still shows just below this post. They did kill Toto the Anglicized Burmese Python, however.

        • Alex George

          Of course.

          We know this because so many Rusians are mving out of Russia. Britain is full of them, so is Australia, New Zealand, Canada and many other countries. It seems that anybody in Russia with enough money to leave gets out of there.

          The ones who stay are (i) those who lack the money to leave; and (ii) those who profit from the corrupt system.

          • Andrew Chimplewsky

            YAWN… You are so stupid.

          • Alex George

            Sorry, but its the truth – many Russians are moving out of Russia. Britain is full of them, so is Australia, New Zealand, Canada and many other countries. It seems that anybody in Russia with enough money to leave gets out of there.

            The ones who stay are (i) those who lack the money to leave; and (ii) those who profit from the corrupt system.

    • Scradje

      A marriage made in heaven: putlerstan’s state-sanctioned mafia finally finds a bunch of thugs almost as evil as them who can indulge in their mutual love of lopping off bits of people and killing, amongst the other activities you list.

  • Steve
  • Mephisto

    This Flynn is a curious figure. It is remarkable that someone so incompetent could work in military intelligence for 25 years. From what I read around the web
    – as a security advisor, he did not know how to activate the National Guard
    – at the fiasco at Mar-A-Lago, instead of ushering the president to safety, he discussed security issues in public
    – after 25 years in millitary intelligence, he is so dumb as to call directly the Russian embassy, not realizing that it is tapped.

    From among the Russian moles in Trump’s administration, Tillerson is the most dangerous one. He is in for the money
    http://energydesk.greenpeace.org/2016/12/12/exxon-arctic-russia-sanctions-rex-tillerson-secretary-state/

    • Quartermaster

      If Flynn didn’t know how to activate the national Guard, it’s irrelevant. That’s what the national Guard Bureau is for, and they can handle that sort of move with no problem.

      Flynn was also not responsible for Trump’s security. That’s the job of the Secret Service Presidential detail.

      I doubt Tillerson is a Russian mole. Anyone in the oil business on the international level will find themselves dealing with Russia, like it or not. Citing a Greenpeace source is not going to get you much respect, frankly. They simply can’t be trusted,

      • veth

        Tillerson got the highest Russian award from Putin personally, he is bribed for.

      • Andrew Chimplewsky

        You said “Tillerson is a Russian mole.” Tillerson and Mad Dog Matis are Kissinger’s boys.

        • Quartermaster

          I’ve never said any such thing. Like a normal troll, you don’t hesitate to lie about what has been said.

          • Andrew Chimilewsky’s Daddy!

            Mr. Low IQ. “he is bribed for” directly implies that he a moll.

          • Quartermaster

            That was not the issue. And, as I’ve already stated, you’re a lying troll.
            By the by, low IQ types make the sort of posts you make.

          • Andrew Chimilewsky’s Daddy!

            Only Low IQ Ukrainian Troll can argue that “he (Flynn) is bribed for” doesn’t mean he was a Russian moll. You are stupid and are not ashamed to further embarrass yourself. I have better things to do then to correct your biased coments. Good day sir!

          • Quartermaster

            I didn’t make that argument. You’re simply a lying troll.

          • Alex George

            No it doesn’t. And you need to learn English, specifically the difference between moll and mole.

    • Andrew Chimplewsky

      Taping private Citizen is ILLEGAL and in corrupt America NO ONE is asking the right question WHO AUTHORIZED THE TAPING of Flynn’s calls. The American military is known as incompetent. Except in 1993 invasion of Iraq where the Saddam Hussein made terrible tactical mistakes not to attack opponent in the staging phase and to fight tank war without air cover, US Military did not win any war since WWII, in which the US also piggy-back on Russian victories just as they would do in Syria. Flynn was a living proof of US Military incompetence.

      • Alex George

        Why are you so worried about Flynn anyway? He is just one among many of Trump’s potential cabinet.

        The important thing is that Trump and several others have told Russia plainly that sanctions will not be lifted until Russia gets out of Crimea

  • Andrew Chimplewsky

    MORE ZIONIST PROPAGANDA … Most of the larger independent newspapers are owned by Jewish interests as well. An example is media mogul is Samuel I. “Si” Newhouse, who owns two dozen daily newspapers from Staten Island to Oregon, plus the Sunday supplement Parade; the Conde Nast collection of magazines, including Vogue, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Allure, GQ, and Self; the publishing firms of Random House, Knopf, Crown, and Ballantine, among other imprints; and cable franchises with over one million subscribers.”

    I coul d add that Michael Eisner could depart Disney tomorrow but the company will remain in the hands of Shamrock Holdings, whose principal office is now located in Israel”.

    http://wais.stanford.edu/History/history_KennedyAssassination(092803).ht ml

    • Dirk Smith

      LOL. Dumb pedophile.

      • Andrew Chimplewsky

        IDIOT – Alex George The Fake, when you use your other accounts, cut LOL because we recognize you, THE MORON, instantaneously.

        • Dirk Smith

          LOL, what an imbecile; and a Nazi one at that. You’re making a fool of yourself.

          • Andrew Chimplewsky

            SUCK MY COCCK JewUKRAININ NAZI SWINE!! http://tlaxcala-int.org/upload/gal_8356.jpg

          • Dirk Smith

            Flagged.

          • Andrew Chimplewsky

            I LOL @ U CRAZY!

          • Andrew Chimplewsky

            Jerk Smith aka Alex George the c-sukker I [email protected] , SU KA LOL..LOL!!

    • Alex George

      You don;t have a clue what you are talking about. You are so caught up in your anti-semitic and nazi ideology that you have lost touch with reality.

      If you disagree with something in the article, say what it is, and cite facts and reasoning in support of your position. that fact that you haven;t done so demonstrates that you know your arguments are wrong.

  • Andrew Chimplewsky

    Hiltler, Germany, Stalin Russia, Ukraine … all took turns on POLAKIA!
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CIH6a-eW8AA7uDw.jpg

    GALICIANS ARE DIRTY SWINES – HITLER’S COCCK LOVERS!!