In a recent development, the FBI has stated that if former security adviser Michael Flynn did lie to the agency during its initial interview process, Flynn may face felony charges.
The FBI interview of Flynn took place on Jan. 26, and, according to acting attorney general Sally Yates, the White House was informed that “because of inconsistencies” between what Flynn said to the public versus what U.S. intelligence agencies knew to be the real story, Flynn might be “vulnerable to Russian blackmail.”
On the other side of the coin, many are doubtful that any evidence obtained implicating Flynn could be used against him in court because the evidence was obtained through an illegally obtained phone conversation transcript.
The conversation that is under investigation is the one that Flynn had with a Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, wherein he allegedly discussed the recent Obama administration sanctions. This conversation, if true, would be in violation of an old and rarely used law called the Logan Act. The act “prohibits private citizens from negotiating with foreign governments in disputes with the United States.”
The conversation between Flynn and the Russian ambassador was allegedly overheard and recorded by the NSA in a “routine” eavesdropping conducted on all high-ranking foreign officials.
President Trump said through his press secretary Sean Spicer that “he instinctively thought that General Flynn did not do anything wrong and the White House counsel’s review corroborated that. The evolving and eroding level of trust as a result of this situation, and a series of other questionable instances, is what led the president to ask for General Flynn’s resignation.”
Flynn told The Daily Caller before his resignation that “crossed no lines” regarding anything he may have discussed with the Russian ambassador.
What Trump is now seeing as an even bigger problem within his administration is the number of illegal leaks and almost blatant sabotage occurring on a daily basis.
Flynn even pointed this dilemma out in his Daily Caller interview and described his own issue as being part of a larger trend of governmental leaks in this administration.
President Trump appeared to agree with Flynn’s observation and tweeted Tuesday morning, “The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington?”
Sean Spicer backed Trump up, saying, “People who are entrusted with national security secrets, classified information, are leaking it out. That’s a real concern for this president.”
On top of all that is presently occurring in the Trump administration, the White House has admitted President Trump knew on Jan. 26 that Flynn may have made misleading statements.
Republicans and Democrats in Congress are apparently pushing for a thorough investigation. Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren stated, “This. Is. Not. Normal,” and is demanding a full accounting of what went on with the all of the administration’s Russian dealings.
The odds are looking as if Flynn will soon be testifying before an intelligence panel and it is certain what a fiasco that will be for the Trump administration.
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