White House reportedly knew Flynn was under investigation before hiring him

White House reportedly knew Flynn was under investigation before hiring him

Former US president Barack Obama's national security team asked for Trump's approval on the plan to retake the IS's de facto capital of Raqqa, because it was more than likely to be carried out under his presidency.

Those aren't the Flynn contacts with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that were already known.

President Trump reportedly told Flynn to "stay strong".

That allegation followed media reports that Trump had shared classified intelligence with Russian Federation foreign minister during a meeting in the White House earlier this year.

Wednesday's New York Times report, citing two people familiar with the case, claimed that Flynn told the Trump transition team more than two weeks before the inauguration that he was under federal investigation for secretly working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the campaign.

These stories all came after The Washington Post published an audio recording of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) from June 15, 2016, one day after the intelligence community alleged Russians hacked the Democratic National Committee. The op-ed in The Hill raised suspicions that Mr. Flynn was working as a foreign agent, and in a letter dated November 30, the Justice Department notified Mr. Flynn that it was scrutinizing his lobbying work. In fact, Trump may have ensured the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the Russian investigation when he reportedly met with James Comey on February 14 and urged the then-FBI Director to find a way to drop the probe into Flynn's ties to the Russians.

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Comey is known to produce memos documenting especially sensitive or unsettling encounters, such as after the February meeting. The Russian government is accused by United States intelligence of trying to tilt the 2016 election in Trump's favor.

Flynn's time at the White House lasted just 24 days. Trump has said that he thinks Flynn is a "good man" and regrets dismissing him and is apparently "obsessed" with defending him. (It also probably didn't hurt that Flynn had been fired by Trump nemesis Obama.) If Trump defers to anyone, it's generals.

In January, the Trump White House initially denied any contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign.

Federal investigators are looking into whether other military determinations Flynn made during the transition and his tenure as national security adviser were swayed by funds he received from Turkey and Russian Federation, according to the Journal.

The Obama administration had been skeptical of Flynn, who is under criminal investigation by the FBI for his foreign contacts and payments, since past year.

Michael Ledeen, an associate of Flynn, told the website that the retired general was reluctant to join the Trump administration. At the time, Flynn was an advisor to Trump's presidential campaign, and Trump later appointed him to serve as National Security Advisor.

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