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Here are some key events worth noting as they relate to Michael Flynn:

https://twitter.com/AdamParkhomenko/status/937509670528475137
1/ Here are some key events worth noting as they relate to Michael Flynn:

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June 2015
Flynn Promotes Joint US-Russia Nuclear Project in Mideast

Summer 2015
Trump Campaign Reaches Out to Flynn

December 2015
Flynn Receives Money From RT

January 2016
Flynn applies for a five-year renewal of his security clearance.

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February 2016
Flynn Denies Taking Money From Russia

March 2016
Investigators Issue Report on Flynn’s Security Clearance

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April to November 2016
Mike Flynn and other advisers to the Trump campaign have at least 18 phone calls and emails with Russian officials, including six contacts involving Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

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August 2016
Flynn’s Consulting Firm Lobbies for Turkish Interests

September 2016
Report that Flynn Discusses Kidnapping Muslim Cleric

September 2016
Flynn Meets With Rohrabacher

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November 2016
Flynn Publishes Op-Ed on Turkey

November 2016
Obama Warns Trump Not to Hire Flynn

November 2016
Flynn’s Lobbying Activities for Turkey Resurface

November 2016
Democrats Denounce Flynn in a Letter to Pence
Trump Names Flynn National Security Adviser

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November 2016
Trump’s Team Acknowledges Cummings’ Letter

November 2016
Flynn Tells Senior Trump Advisers He’s Scheduled Kislyak Meeting

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December 2016:
Kushner Suggests Using Russian Embassy as Safe Communication Channel, Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak visits Trump Tower to meet with Kushner and Trump’s national security adviser-designate Mike Flynn

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December 2016:

More Reporting that Flynn Reportedly Discusses Kidnapping Turkish Cleric

Bannon, Flynn and Kushner Meet Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

Flynn Repeatedly Calls Kislyak

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January 2017
Flynn Tells McGahn He’s Under Investigation

Flynn Foils US-Kurdish Cooperation, a Longtime Goal for Turkey

Spicer Says Flynn’s Dec. 29 Conversation With Kislyak Was About ‘Logistical Information’

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January 2017 continued:
Pence Says Flynn’s Calls to Russian Ambassador Were Unrelated to Sanctions

Pence Denies Contacts Between Russia and the Trump Campaign

Flynn Sworn In as National Security Adviser

Spicer Denies Flynn Talked Sanctions With Kislyak

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January 2017 continued:
Flynn Denies Discussing Sanctions

President Trump Considers Lifting Sanctions on Russia

DOJ, Sally Yates Say Flynn Lied to Pence

DOJ Warns White House That Flynn Is Vulnerable to Blackmail

Trump to Comey: ‘I Need Loyalty’

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February 2017

Flynn Denies Discussing Sanctions With Kislyak

Flynn Can’t Remember If He Discussed Sanctions With Ambassador

Trump ‘Unaware’ of Flynn’s Sanctions Discussions

Flynn Resigns

Trump Hopes Comey Will ‘Let Flynn Go’

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February 2017 Continued:

Priebus Can’t Get the Story of Flynn’s Firing Straight

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March 2017
New York Times Reports on Undisclosed Meeting Between Kushner, Flynn and Russian Ambassador

Flynn Discloses Earnings From Turkish Company

Pence Says He Had No Idea About Flynn’s Lobbying in Turkey

Trump Fires US Attorney Preet Bharara and 45 Other US Attorneys

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March 2017 continued

Trump Says Adviser Brought in by Flynn Can Keep His Position

House Oversight Committee Requests Information About Flynn’s Foreign Lobbying Activities

Trump Asks Senior Intelligence Officials to Get Comey to Back Off

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March 2017 continued

Flynn Offers to Testify in Exchange for Immunity

Trump Calls Russia Investigation a ‘Witch Hunt’

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April 2017

White House Won’t Release Documents on Flynn’s Foreign Lobbying

Trump Reportedly Tells Flynn to ‘Stay Strong’

Senate Intelligence Committee Demands Records From Trump Campaign Advisers, Including Flynn

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May 2017

Trump Decides to Fire FBI Director Comey

Federal Grand Jury Issues Subpoenas to Flynn Associates

Pentagon Announces Plan to Fight ISIS Despite Turkey’s Objections

Senate Subpoenas Documents From Flynn

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May 2017 continued

Operative Who Searched for Clinton Emails Found Dead, about 10 days after an interview with The Wall Street Journal in which he claimed during the campaign to have connections to Trump adviser Mike Flynn

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May 2017 continued

Press Reports Comey Documented Conversations With Trump, including a contemporaneous memorandum documenting Trump’s Feb. 14 request to halt the Flynn investigation

Trump Denies Asking Comey to Back Down on Flynn Investigation

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May 2017 continued

Pence Questioned About Flynn’s Foreign Ties

Flynn Takes the Fifth

Subpoenas Issued to Flynn, Others

Administration Considers Returning Russian Intelligence Compounds

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June 2017

Mueller Takes Control of Flynn, Manafort Investigations

White House Lobbies Against Renewed Sanctions

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August 2017

Mueller Seeks White House Documents on Flynn and Turkey as Flynn Revises Disclosure Statement

Mueller Investigating Possible Flynn Connection to Clinton Email Project

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September 2017

House Democrats Refer Potential Flynn Misconduct to Mueller

Mueller Investigating Flynn’s Son

Mueller Seeking White House Documents on Flynn, Comey Firings

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November 2017

NBC: Mueller Has Sufficient Evidence to Charge Flynn and His Son

Trump Won’t Pay Flynn’s or Manafort’s Legal Fees

Flynn Lawyers No Longer Sharing Information With Trump Lawyers

December 2017

Flynn Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements


Click tweet at top for complete thread.

This was a coordinated hit job.

by the Alt-Right Propaganda Machine and Russians.



Article on DU here: https://www.democraticunderground.com/10029879938

Link to article: https://medium.com/@Erinlank/the-alt-right-propaganda-machine-is-winning-because-americans-insist-on-being-stupid-a-timeline-of-e3bad99a51be
(Copy and past into browser. It won't link for some reason.)

We take the bait... The Alt-Right Propaganda Machine is Winning Because Amer. Insist on Being Stupid

We take the bait... The Alt-Right Propaganda Machine is Winning Because Americans Insist on Being Stupid
https://twitter.com/RWPUSA/status/933786166767357953

The Alt-Right Propaganda Machine is Winning Because Americans Insist on Being Stupid: A Timeline of The Al Franken “Scandal”

Al Franken is not the first sacrificial lamb — and definitely won’t be the last — as Americans refuse to acknowledge or take action against the fine-tuned Propaganda Machine that is omni-present on our social media platforms.




America has its very own Joseph Goebbels, yet we seem to be either too ignorant to history, or too ignorant to technology, to acknowledge and deal with the massive propaganda machine that’s been assembled over the last 2 years here in America. Al Franken is just the latest casualty, and there will be more.

It’s disturbing to see Americans still falling for the same dirty tricks we fell for the entire 2016 election season. We have the benefit of hindsight now and a cavalry of expert citizens educating us about propaganda and how to counteract it. Yet time and again, we are let down. Our media fails us. In their desperation for clicks they hop on any bandwagon that appears lucrative. And our people fail each other. They suspend critical thinking skills to line up on “sides” that don’t even truly exist.

So let’s use this past week’s Al Franken “scandal” as an illustration of the latest pizzagate-style propaganda hit job against our common senses. These manufactured “news stories” always follow the same distribution and amplification process, with few (but detectable) variables.

We start on Wednesday, November 15th at 10 PM — a full 9 hours before Leeann Tweeden shares her “#metoo” story with the world.

When Roger Stone tweets, the troops assemble

For an alt-right super-villain at the center of the “Russia-gate” conspiracy, American’s seem to be surprisingly unconcerned with the contemporaneous activities of Roger Stone. Suffice to say, he’s currently under federal investigation for his role in coordinating the DNC hacks with Guccifer 2.0, a “Russian hacker” who has since been identified by American Intelligence as an agent of the Russian FSB (aka KGB). But what he’s doing present tense to weaponize information as part of America’s flourishing Alt-Right Propaganda Machine appears to fly largely under the radar.

Please read the article & look at the graphics here: https://medium.com/@Erinlank/the-alt-right-propaganda-machine-is-winning-because-americans-insist-on-being-stupid-a-timeline-of-e3bad99a51be


I can't get the link to work. For now, please click Painter's tweet and click the article from there.

Richard Painter on Al Franken: We need more facts but much of this fits an old GOP playbook

Richard Painter: We need more facts but much of this fits an old GOP playbook
The article attached is not written by Painter.
https://twitter.com/RWPUSA/status/933719907002454016
Al Franken: The Obvious Setup and Liberals Took the Bait

With all of the sleazy, disgusting and lurid sexual problems that seem to be a part of the Republican official’s way of life, it was only a matter of time before there was a lash back against a Democrat. This is not to say that there aren’t any liberals that are never part of this mix, it’s just that the overtly religious doctrine that conservatives follow does lend to repressed sexual conditions.

So in scanning any Democrat that maintained both logic and a powerful presence as well as one that is knee-deep in calling out those Republicans involved in lying and RussiaGate, there was one name that is both popular and had the potential to be taken down: Al Franken. And so, a woman named Leeann Tweeden has come forward to accuse Al Franken of sexual assault during a USO tour in which they performed together in Afghanistan in 2006. Conservatives know the liberal market and also understand that if they throw out a piece of red meat that accuses a well-respected Democrat of having bad behavior, liberals will climb all over each other to rip him or her apart; and that is exactly what happened as many liberals called for Franken to step down, refused to believe or look at any of the logic behind the accusation and proceeded to argue with each other under the defense that “we are better than them”.

Everyone is familiar with Franken’s background as a comedian and his celebrity on the comedy show Saturday Night Live. Having attended many shows at the Los Angeles famed “Comedy Store” in the 80’s, I am also well-aware that the skits that were performed away from the camera were often saucy and bawdy. This made Franken’s past a hot potential to find at least one or two questionable situations and when you added in his work with the USO tours, it was a formula for success for conservatives.

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But as a drooling media grabs onto this accusatory story and runs with it in their typical non-journalistic way to get improved ratings, they are missing some very important pieces of the puzzle. Examining Franken’s history and combining it with Tweeden’s, there is a very strong smell of a rat, and the “rat” has the name of Fox and conservatives all over it.

More: https://democracyguardian.com/al-franken-the-obvious-setup-and-liberals-took-the-bait-5f3515d379a0

Special Counsel Mueller Issued Subpoena for Russia-Related Documents From Trump Campaign Officials

Source: Wall Street Journal

Senate committee also pressures Kushner lawyer to turn over more documents

By Rebecca Ballhaus and
Peter Nicholas
Nov. 16, 2017 6:40 p.m. ET

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team in mid-October issued a subpoena to President Donald Trump’s campaign requesting Russia-related documents from more than a dozen top officials, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The subpoena, which requested documents and emails from the listed campaign officials that reference a set of Russia-related keywords, marked Mr. Mueller’s first official order for information from the campaign, according to the person. The subpoena didn’t compel any officials to testify before Mr. Mueller’s grand jury, the person said.

The subpoena caught the campaign by surprise, the person said. The campaign had previously been voluntarily complying with the special counsel’s requests for information, and had been sharing with Mr. Mueller’s team the documents it provided to congressional committees as part of their probes of Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election.

The Trump campaign is providing documents in response to the subpoena on an “ongoing” basis, the person said.

Read more: https://www.wsj.com/articles/special-counsel-mueller-issued-subpoena-for-russia-related-documents-from-trump-campaign-officials-1510875492?mod=e2tw

Justice investigation into Russian laundering through Deutsche Bank gone quiet

Source: CNN

Washington (CNN)A Justice Department investigation into Deutsche Bank's role in a $10 billion Russian money laundering scheme has gone dormant months after the bank settled with regulators, according to people with direct knowledge of the investigation.

DOJ's money laundering division along with the US attorney's office for the Southern District of New York have been investigating the German lender over allegations it missed red flags that allowed Russians to launder billions of dollars out of Moscow using an elaborate trading scheme.

The bank has paid over $670 million in civil penalties to US and UK regulators this year relating to the Russian trades and disclosed in regulatory filings as recently as last month that it set aside an undisclosed amount to cover a potential settlement with DOJ. It is common for regulators and DOJ to move to settle cases at the same time, which companies often advocate for so they can put the matter behind them.

The DOJ investigation has been closely watched by Democrats on Capitol Hill who have tried and failed to get Deutsche Bank to turn over its internal investigation into the Russian trades and a separate internal review into whether bank accounts of President Donald Trump and his family have any ties to Russia. The Deutsche Bank civil settlement has no connection to bank accounts held by the President or Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and White House senior adviser

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/15/politics/justice-department-investigation-russian-laundering-deutsche-bank/index.html



Did Muller's probe swallow this one up?

Oh! Another cooperating witness. Guy who had place in TT & mysteriously disappeared from fed prison.

Reza Zarrab (gold trader close to Turkish President Erdogan) is cooperating with fedreal prosecutors in money-laundering case & may be giving info on ties between Michael Flynn & Turkish the government.

You know, the guy who used to have place in Trump Tower & just mysteriously disappeared from federal prison. The one Rachel talked about. Remember him?


Does cooperating witness have info on Flynn tie to Turkey?

by Tom Winter and Julia Ainsley

A gold trader who is close to Turkish President Recep Erdogan is now cooperating with federal prosecutors in a money-laundering case, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter, and legal experts say prosecutors may be seeking information about any ties between the Turkish government and former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn.

Reza Zarrab, a dual Turkish-Iranian national, faces charges in federal court in Manhattan for skirting sanctions on Iran by allegedly moving hundreds of millions of dollars for the Iranian government and Iranian firms via offshore entities and bank accounts.

But Zarrab is now out of jail and speaking to prosecutors — a move President Erdogan had been desperately hoping to avoid.

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"You can fill in the gaps that federal investigators are looking for any relation between Erdogan and Flynn," said Cevallos. "So, to the extent that Zarrab has any connection or knowledge of that, it is very important that they're flipping him."

More: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/does-cooperating-witness-have-info-flynn-tie-turkey-n821341


What's the total count of people who have flipped at this point (that we know about)? Asking for a friend.

Felix Sater says he will cooperate w Sen Feinstein's request for information, & that if he gets to

Felix Sater tells me he will cooperate with @SenFeinstein's request for information, and that if he gets to testify it won't be in line with "everyone's favorite narrative"
https://twitter.com/samthielman/status/931191035501404160

Trump Biz Ally Agrees To Give Interview In Senate Committee’s Russia Probe

One of Donald Trump’s former real estate partners has agreed to be interviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Felix Sater, who tried to broker a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 election, told TPM that he will cooperate.

“I intend on cooperating fully with any and all government agencies and investigations,” Sater said in a text to TPM. “And if I am called I hope you make the trip to witness it in person because I don’t think it’s going to go the way of everyone’s favorite narrative.”

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“Mr. Sater intends to be fully cooperative with any and all government investigations in this matter,” Sater’s attorney Robert Wolf told TPM in an emailed statement. McClatchy first reported Sater’s cooperation Wednesday night.

Sater told TPM this summer that he has regularly worked for US intelligence since his arrest for fraud in a pump-and-dump stock scheme in 1998.

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/sater-feinstein-testimony

***KUSHNER received & forwarded docs concerning a Russian backdoor overture***

NEWS: Senate Judiciary says KUSHNER received & forwarded docs concerning a “Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite" last year, and was copied on campaign officials' communications with Sergei Millian
https://twitter.com/NatashaBertrand/status/931240537314689024

Senate Judiciary Committee: Kushner forwarded emails about 'a Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite'

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner forwarded emails concerning a “Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite” to Trump campaign officials and failed to produce those emails to the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to a letter the senators sent Kushner's lawyer on Thursday.

Kushner also failed to produce emails on which he was copied involving communication with WikiLeaks, and with the Belarusan-American businessman Sergei Millian, the senators said. Millian most recently headed a group called the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce.

"There are several documents that are known to exist but were not included in your production," Senators Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein wrote to Kushner.

They continued:

"For example, other parties have produced September 2016 email communications to Mr. Kushner concerning WikiLeaks, which Mr. Kushner then forwarded to another campaign official. Such documents should have been produced in response to the third request but were not. Likewise, other parties have produced documents concerning a 'Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite' which Mr. Kushner also forwarded. And still others have produced communications with Sergei Millian, copied to Mr. Kushner. Again, these do not appear in Mr. Kushner’s production despite being responsive to the second request."

More: http://www.businessinsider.com/jared-kushner-emails-russia-backdoor-feinstein-grassley-2017-11


Update w/ video from CNN
https://twitter.com/CNNnewsroom/status/931255908109135872

Senate Judiciary Committee: Kushner forwarded emails about 'a Russian backdoor overture & dinner inv

Source: Business Insider

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner forwarded emails concerning a “Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite” to Trump campaign officials and failed to produce those emails to the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to a letter the senators sent Kushner's lawyer on Thursday.

Kushner also failed to produce emails on which he was copied involving communication with WikiLeaks, and with the Belarusan-American businessman Sergei Millian, the senators said. Millian most recently headed a group called the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce.

"There are several documents that are known to exist but were not included in your production," Senators Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein wrote to Kushner.

They continued:

"For example, other parties have produced September 2016 email communications to Mr. Kushner concerning WikiLeaks, which Mr. Kushner then forwarded to another campaign official. Such documents should have been produced in response to the third request but were not. Likewise, other parties have produced documents concerning a 'Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite' which Mr. Kushner also forwarded. And still others have produced communications with Sergei Millian, copied to Mr. Kushner. Again, these do not appear in Mr. Kushner’s production despite being responsive to the second request."

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/jared-kushner-email
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