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Fri Feb 10, 2017, 11:56 PM

Intel community, Trump administration turning on Mike Flynn

Mike Flynn’s already tense relationships with others in the Trump administration and the intelligence community are growing more fraught after reports that the National Security Adviser breached diplomatic protocols in his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

On Friday, one of Flynn’s closest deputies on the National Security Council, senior director for Africa Robin Townley, was informed that the Central Intelligence Agency had rejected his request for an elite security clearance required for service on the NSC, according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation.

That forced Townley, a former Marine intelligence officer who had long maintained a top secret-level security clearance, out of his NSC post, explained the sources, who requested anonymity to discuss sensitive personnel matters.

One of the sources said that the rejection was approved by Trump’s CIA director Mike Pompeo and that it infuriated Flynn and his allies.

Both sources said that the CIA did not offer much explanation for why Townley’s request for so-called “Sensitive Compartmented Information” clearance was rejected. But the sources said that Flynn and his allies believe it was motivated by Townley’s skepticism of the intelligence community’s techniques — sentiments shared by Flynn.

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One person close to Trump said that, within the White House, Flynn is regarded by some as waging “a jihad against the intelligence community.” This person said Flynn is blamed by some people around Trump for trying to turn the new president against the intelligence community during the campaign and transition period, when Trump was openly skeptical about U.S. intelligence findings that Russia meddled in the election to try to help his campaign and damage that of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.


http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/mike-flynn-nsa-aide-trump-234923


This WH has as many leaks as it has drama.

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Reply Intel community, Trump administration turning on Mike Flynn (Original post)
herding cats Feb 2017 OP
applegrove Feb 2017 #1
herding cats Feb 2017 #3
fleur-de-lisa Feb 2017 #2
Marie Marie Feb 2017 #4
Cha Feb 2017 #5
herding cats Feb 2017 #6
Cha Feb 2017 #7
herding cats Feb 2017 #8
ProudLib72 Feb 2017 #9
herding cats Feb 2017 #10
herding cats Feb 2017 #11

Response to herding cats (Original post)

Sat Feb 11, 2017, 12:03 AM

1. Trump was stupid to attack his own people. I guess he knows no other

way.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 11, 2017, 12:11 AM

3. Trump deeply enjoys making people angry.

Luckily he's also very good at it, so it happens multiple times a day.

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Sat Feb 11, 2017, 12:03 AM

2. What a clusterfuck!

It is frightening that these boobs are running the (formerly) greatest country in the world. No offense to mammary glands!

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 11, 2017, 12:26 AM

4. They may as well turn our National Security over to the Keystone Kops.

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Sat Feb 11, 2017, 12:45 AM

5. They're all a bunch of vipers..

On Friday, one of Flynn’s closest deputies on the National Security Council, senior director for Africa Robin Townley, was informed that the Central Intelligence Agency had rejected his request for an elite security clearance required for service on the NSC, according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation.

Thank you, herding cats

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Response to Cha (Reply #5)

Sat Feb 11, 2017, 01:05 AM

6. Cha, this Flynn thing and all these leaks feels important to me.

Trump pretended not to have heard a thing about this when asked on AF1 earlier. No fake news claims, no dishonest media, nothing.

My sniffer may be off, but I think this one isn't over yet by far.

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Response to herding cats (Reply #6)

Sat Feb 11, 2017, 01:16 AM

7. I just saw the segment on Rach's show.. and the

clip of blotus being a dumbass.. ".. who me? I dunno anything"

Hope it has lots of legs and tentacles and gets us proof that Russia helped steal the election from us and Hillary.

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Response to Cha (Reply #7)

Sat Feb 11, 2017, 01:24 AM

8. Yep! He was all ignorant of the matter. Too ignorant of the matter.

When I first saw that come across on twitter, my ears perked right up. Then I fell across this article and I thought, "oh, yeah, this has legs."

I don't know what the end outcome is going to be, but I do firmly believe that at exactly the 3 week point this administration just went into serious damage control mode. That has to be another negative record broke for the Trump WH.

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Sat Feb 11, 2017, 01:47 AM

9. So the question now is

Will Flynn be this administration's Olie North? I'm not sure he's as dispensable, but, then again, he could be used to throw some of the heat off the rest of the gang. And who doesn't believe that a repuke would gladly throw their own mother under a bus if they could somehow profit from it?

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 11, 2017, 02:09 AM

10. If you haven't seen this segment by Maddow yet, I recommend watching it.

I just finished watching it and it seriously fills in some blanks.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10028629759

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 11, 2017, 02:15 AM

11. I forgot to say this in my previous reply

Do you think Flynn will take one for the team? The intel community does not seem to like him one bit, which somewhat changes the dynamics here.

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