Trump Team Knew About Federal Investigation into Flynn Before Inauguration, Report Says


Michael Flynn told Donald Trump's transition team that he was under federal investigation for secretly working for Turkey, according to a report Thursday in the New York Times.

January 4: Flynn and his lawyers tell the Trump transition team about the DOJ's investigation into his work with Turkey. The White House, in return, said it felt Flynn deserved "due process", and it downplayed the severity of Yates' early warning.

The White House did not respond to requests for comment.

President Donald Trump's pressure on Flynn came even as Trump's transition team was warned that the retired lieutenant general was under investigation, The Daily Beast reported.

Flynn has continued to loyally defend Trump and stick to the administration's script, as best he can. Flynn reportedly made it clear to those at the table that he still supports Trump, despite getting fired, and that the feelings of loyalty are mutual. Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, also attended that event in Washington.

All administrations have to deal with leaks, from the release of the Pentagon Papers on Vietnam policy to Edward Snowden's dump of national security files.

Rosenstein told both House and Senate lawmakers on two consecutive days that he learned of Trump's decision to fire Comey on May 8, the day before he authored the memo outlining his concerns about Comey's leadership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Despite all of the trouble Flynn caused him, Trump continued to defend Flynn in public and private.

Flynn is one of several Trump associates under federal investigation by special counsel Mark Mueller for collusion with Russian Federation and obstruction of justice. But, it doesn't seem like that's a person who should be sitting in the national security adviser position.

The top Democrat and Republican on a House oversight committee have said Flynn likely broke federal law by failing to get approval from the U.S. government to accept foreign payments, including $33,000 in 2015 from RT, Russia's state-sponsored television network.

"The more negativity, the more we're for him". "You have to remember people were mainly signing their names on a list of people who could never endorse us". And he is quick to blame others for problems within his administration.

The many controversies surrounding Flynn raise further questions about why Trump was so determined to bring him into his Cabinet and overlook his considerable baggage, which included including a falling-out with the Defense Intelligence Agency and his lobbying work for a Dutch firm linked to Turkey's government throughout the end of 2016. One associate compared Flynn to Corey Lewandowski, Trump's former campaign manager who is disliked by many in Trump's world.

Lewandowski said he has not spoken with anyone about joining the administration, even though officials say he has spoken to Trump and White House aides several times this week.