Tuesday, February 14, 2017

USA: Trump and widening contradictions within the Republican Party plus the General Michael Flynn Firing !

Democracy and Class Struggle the resignation-the firing of General Michael Flynn is the thin edge of the wedge to prise open intelligence on the former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and his possibilities of blackmail - including his relations with Russia.

There seems to be partial intelligence available on the Flynn's and Trump's relations with Russia from intercepts - this story is only beginning.

We are of the view this is not just an internal affair of US Government but will rebound seriously on US Russia relations and Russia will regret what it wished for in Trump.

On November 18, 2016, Flynn accepted president-elect Donald Trump's offer of the position of National Security Advisor.[63]

In December 2016, after the election of Donald Trump, Flynn met with Heinz-Christian Strache, leader of the far-right Freedom Party of Austria, at Trump Tower in New York.[64] The meeting attracted attention because the Freedom Party was founded by ex-Nazis in the 1950s, and because Strache had recently signed a cooperation agreement with Vladimir Putin's ruling United Russia party. The Trump campaign refused to comment on the meeting.[64]

On December 29, 2016, Flynn spoke with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, the same day the Obama administration announced retaliatory measures in response to Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential campaign; if there was intent to interfere with or defeat said measures, this may constitute a felony under the Logan act. Trump's incoming press secretary, Sean Spicer, said he doubted that Flynn and Kislyak discussed the retaliatory measures.[65]

The Wall Street Journal reported on January 22, 2017, that Flynn was under investigation by U.S. counterintelligence agents for his communications with Russian officials.[66]

 On February 8, 2017, Flynn flatly denied having spoken to Kislyak in December 2016 about the sanctions placed on Russia by the Obama administration; however, the next day, U.S. intelligence officials shared an account indicating that such discussions did in fact take place.[67]

Following this revelation, Flynn's spokesman released a statement that Flynn "indicated that while he had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn't be certain that the topic never came up".[68]

In addition to the FBI investigation, The New York Times reported that, according to two defense officials, the Army is separately investigating whether Flynn "received money from the Russian government during a trip he took to Moscow in 2015".[16] According to the officials, there was no record that Flynn has "filed the required paperwork for the trip".[16]

On February 13, 2017, Flynn resigned as National Security Advisor, following reporting on his communications with Russian officials.[16] The Washington Post reported that Acting Attorney General Sally Yates had warned the Trump White House in late January that Flynn had not been truthful about his contacts with Russia related to sanctions and that he was vulnerable to blackmail by Russian intelligence.[69][9]

At 24 days, Flynn's tenure as National Security Advisor was the shortest ever, by a large margin. The average tenure is 2.6 years.[4]

SOURCE : Wikipedia