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Who's Who in the Russia Investigation: Michael Flynn

by Countable | 12.26.17

Countable Explains: Who's Who in the Russia Investigation

This is Michael Flynn's page. For our index of everyone involved in the investigation, click here.

Michael Flynn

Role:

President Trump’s former National Security Adviser

Quote:

‘‘When you are given immunity, that means you probably committed a crime.’’

Flynn, then a top campaign aide to Trump, regarding Hillary Clinton’s private email servers. Later, Flynn would request immunity in exchange for cooperating with congressional investigators.

Latest news:

  • December 19, 2017: It's reported that President Donald Trump's transition team researched ways for Flynn to send encrypted messages--just prior to his conversations with the former Russian ambassador to the U.S. The emails, made public under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), reveal that the General Services Administration (GSA) approved the transition team to use Signal, an app with end-to-end encryption that can delete messages almost the instant they're sent.

Key dates:

  • December 2015: Flynn is paid over $30,000 to speak at Russia’s state-run TV station, RT. (U.S. Intelligence considers RT to be a propaganda tool of the Kremlin.)

  • December 19th 2016: Obama announces new sanctions against Russia and expels 35 diplomats because of the country’s alleged interference with the 2016 presidential election.

It will later be revealed that on the same day the sanctions were announced, Flynn spoke multiple times with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn said sanctions weren’t discussed, as that would have been illegal.

  • January 15: Vice President Elect Mike Pence says he’s spoken with Flynn about his talk with Kislyak, but Flynn assured him that "they did not discuss anything having to do with the United States' decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against Russia."

  • January 26th 2017: the Justice Department warns the new administration that Flynn misled officials, making him vulnerable to Russian blackmail

  • February 13: Flynn resigns (or gets fired).

  • April 2017: Reuters reports that the Pentagon inspector general has launched an investigation into whether Flynn "accepted money from foreign entities without the required approval."

  • June 2017: Flynn turns over around 600 pages of documents to the Senate Intelligence committee as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

  • November 5, 2017: It’s reported that Mueller has gathered sufficient evidence to bring charges against Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn, Jr. According to multiple sources, Flynn and his son were set to be paid $15 million to forcibly remove Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen from the U.S. and deliver him to the Turkish government; Turkish President Recep Erdogan views Gulen as a political dissident. Flynn’s lawyer says the "allegations about General Flynn, ranging from kidnapping to bribery" are “false.”

  • December 1, 2017: Flynn pleads guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with former Russian Ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak. He also discloses that he's cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. In a statement, Flynn admitted that his actions “were wrong, and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right.”

  • December 19, 2017: It's reported that President Trump's transition team researched ways for Flynn to send encrypted messages--just prior to his conversations with the former Russian ambassador to the U.S. The emails, made public under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), reveal that the General Services Administration (GSA) approved the transition team to use Signal, an app with end-to-end encryption that can delete messages almost the instant they're sent.

Current mood:

Contrite. On December 1, 2017, Flynn said: "My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel's Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions."

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  • Mark
    12/27/2017
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    Manafort and Gates have been charged, Papadopoulas and Flynn have plead guilty. Enough is enough: there is far too much smoke for there not to be fire, anyone can see that crimes were committed, in fact our President admitted to obstruction. It is time we charge, prosecute, impeach, and imprison Donald J Trump, Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr, their co-conspirators, and those who sought to obstruct the investigation into their crimes. Obstruction of justice, violation of the emoluments clause and treason cannot be tolerated. It is beyond time that those that sought to undermine our election and our democracy with the support of a hostile foreign entity pay dearly and to the fullest extent for their indiscretions. It is time we severely punish Vladimir V Putin and Russia both economically for their covert aggression against the United States of America.

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  • NoHedges
    12/01/2017
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    Thank you Mr. Flynn for speaking up, and telling the truth about our illustrious Tweeter In Chief's actions. We must focus on stopping the current crisis of trust, if we are ever to move forward as a nation.

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  • HockeyGuy
    12/26/2017
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    It looks like Flynn’s actions were borderline acts of treason. Did he act on behalf of Trump at Trump’s request???? What would be the reactions of the Republicans if Obama was our President?

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  • nursissistic
    12/01/2017
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    The first domino in Mueller’s investigation has fallen. How many more will there be, I wonder, and what will it take before U.S. citizens once again have faith in our national elections? And what are my Congressional officials doing to aid these processes?

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  • Kathleen
    12/27/2017
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    I think this hole Russian investigate is a waste of taxpayer money. It has been going on a year and not much as come out of it. What I would like to k ow what has the Democrats been doing lately. Being bad in closets haven’t seen them lately. No work no pay

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  • Walter
    12/27/2017
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    Trump is so full of s..t and a complete moron. Those 35 % rats that follow him blindly deserve to be suckered

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  • Dara
    12/27/2017
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    This administation has been surrounded by rumor and innuendo from its inception- bankruptcies, Russian banks, and seedy characters. Michael Flynn was accusing others of illegal acts when he himself lied and kept the company of multiple foreign entities, etc. He lied to the Obama administration and was fired! If it walks like a 🦆, quacks like a 🦆, it is a 🦆. This administration is up to its 👁 in treasonous activities. They should be investigated and prosecuted to the full extent of the law, beginning with Michael Flynn! Swamp, swamp, swamp.

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  • RadicalModerate
    12/27/2017
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    They’ve all dropped like flies around Andrew Cuomo too. Corruption must be like playing a game of king of the hill. The dirtiest player all ways wins. So look out for a 2020 presidential campaign from the leanest meanest back scratcher money can buy.

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  • Lexpost
    12/27/2017
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    We’re back to the famous (infamous?) question: What did Trump know and when did he know it? Even if knew nothing (a doubtful proposition at best) this is, at minimum, a case where the president was poorly served by his staff, by serving him too well. Watch out for the apologists who will, among other things try their darndest to create a false equivalency by saying, ‘Oh yeah, what about ________? If we’re going to judge criminals by using the standard of other criminals, we may as well shut down all the prisons because there is always someone who’s ‘worse’.

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  • B.R.
    12/27/2017
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    This is just another example proving how corrupt our Government is. It is sad that we can not trust anything that is reported, said or done.

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  • Blazerman
    12/27/2017
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    Oh you people are morons! There has been zero evidence of any collusion between Trump and Russia! Just because the transition team found a way to encrypt emails, it doesn’t mean they were meant to be used to commit treason. Flynn was fired by the administration for lying to them but still it is Trump’s fault? I suppose you were the same people that did not believe Obama was committing treason when he gave ransom money to the Iranians? I could tell you people to grow up but seriously, what difference would it make?

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