The abrupt resignation Monday evening of White House national security adviser Michael Flynn is reportedly the culmination of a clandestine, months-long campaign by former Obama administration insiders to impede President Trump’s national security network and preserve the nuclear deal with Iran.
Multiple sources both inside and outside the White House revealed to the Washington Free Beacon details regarding a behind-the-scenes ploy by Obama loyalists to plant a series of damaging stories about Flynn in the national media.
The campaign reportedly included former Obama administration adviser Ben Rhodes—the architect of a separate White House push to create what he described as a pro-Iran echo chamber—and a small task force of Obama confidantes who deluged the media with stories focused on eroding Flynn’s credibility.
The operation was primarily aimed at discrediting Flynn, an opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, in order to impair the Trump administration’s efforts to disclose secret details of the nuclear deal with Iran that the Obama administration had hidden.
Sources reported that Flynn had been preparing to publicize details about the Iranian nuclear deal that had been intentionally concealed by the Obama administration as part of its effort to gain support for the deal.
According to an insider close to Flynn and the White House, Flynn is now “gone before anybody can see what happened” with the secret agreements.
“The Obama administration knew that Flynn was going to release the secret documents around the Iran deal, which would blow up their myth that it was a good deal that rolled back Iran,” said another source who serves as a congressional adviser and was involved in the 2015 fight over the Iran deal. “So in December the Obama NSC started going to work with their favorite reporters, selectively leaking damaging and incomplete information about Flynn.”
“After Trump was inaugurated some of those people stayed in and some began working from the outside, and they cooperated to keep undermining Trump,” the source said, detailing a series of leaks from within the White House in the past weeks targeting Flynn. “Last night’s resignation was their first major win, but unless the Trump people get serious about cleaning house, it won’t be the last.”
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