Flynn Asked President Obama For Classified Info On Russian Ambassador (DETAILS)


We’ve really never had a presidential administration quite like this one in terms of how deeply embedded with foreign governments — meaning Russia — that it is.

The President of the United States is supposed to serve the interests of the people of the United States, not the interests of himself alone or of any foreign government.

Nonetheless, the Associated Press is now reporting that the Trump transition team’s contacts with and interest in Russia sparked serious concern with the Obama administration when it was still in place. Concurrent to this concern, the Obama administration withheld certain pieces of information from the Trump transition team.

For instance, the Obama administration did not brief the Trump team on the sanctions imposed in late 2016 against Russia on account of their election interference until after the sanctions were reported upon publicly.

One notable incident that sparked the Obama administration’s concern, according to anonymous current and former federal officials speaking to the Associated Press, is an occasion when a Michael Flynn staffer approached the Obama-era National Security Council with a request for the nation’s intelligence and security file on the Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kisylak.

As the AP explains, “The CIA compiles classified biographies of foreign officials, known as leadership profiles. The profiles include U.S. intelligence assessments about the officials, in addition to biographical information.”

Flynn ended up getting fired from his job as President Trump’s first National Security Adviser after it was revealed that he’d lied about his meetings with the Russian ambassador that his staffer had wanted the CIA file on.

Flynn met with Kisylak to discuss the Trump Administration’s plans to lift the aforementioned U.S. sanctions against Russia. It’s widely believed that Flynn’s conversations with Kisylak on this subject underlie the Russian Government’s relatively non-committal response to the sanctions.

Marshall Billingslea, who is still floating around the Trump administration, was the Flynn staffer who wanted the CIA’s file on Kisylak. According to Obama officials speaking anonymously to the AP, Billingslea “knew Flynn would be speaking to Kislyak… and seemed concerned Flynn did not fully understand he was dealing with a man rumored to have ties to Russian intelligence agencies.”

If that doesn’t spark red flags, you didn’t read it correctly.

Quite simply, as has long been suspected, the Trump team going into the White House was made up of dangerously inept fools who just didn’t care about the legal implications of their actions. Keeping their actions in line with the law just wasn’t the top thing on their priorities list — and it still isn’t.

Unsurprisingly, everyone involved in this issue with Flynn and Kisylak’s CIA file declined to comment on the situation.

Other points sparking Obama officials’ concern over the Trump team in general and Flynn in particular’s ties to Russia include the fact that the file on Kisylak is the only CIA file that anyone ever asked for. In addition, Flynn always seemed bizarrely dismissive of the threat posed by Russia to the United States, as his (former) boss Trump also has been for awhile.

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