A new wrinkle in the investigation of General Michael Flynn reveals that a military plan to fight ISIS in Raqqa was delayed by the former national security adviser in the days just before President Trump took office. It turns out that the mission had been strongly opposed by Turkey, and Flynn was being paid to lobby for that country at the time.
While he was advising the U.S., Flynn was registered as that country’s foreign agent to perform $530,000 worth of lobbying work, according to documents filed in March with the Justice Department’s Foreign Agent Registration Unit. Flynn’s paid lobbying job “could be construed to have principally benefited the Republic of Turkey.”
Prior to Trump’s inauguration, President Obama’s national security team asked the president-elect for his approval to undergo a military plan to retake the Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa, because it would probably be carried out under his presidency.
Timelines distributed by members of Congress reveal that Flynn told then-national security adviser Susan Rice to wait, delaying the mission for months.
After Flynn was been fired in February for misleading Vice President Mike Pence and other white House officials about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador, Trump went ahead with the mission.
It wasn’t until March that Flynn finally disclosed to the Foreign Agent Unit Registration Unit of the Justice Department that he was paid to lobby for Turkey.
On Wednesday, former FBI Director Robert Mueller was tapped by the Department of Justice to serve as special counsel in the investigation into Russian efforts to influence the U.S. presidential election. This will give him the authority to bring federal charges.
House and Senate intelligence committees are investigating the matter as well.
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