National Security

Michael Flynn Admits to Being a Foreign Agent

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Michael Flynn has not admitted to being a foreign agent for the Russian government, yet, but he has admitted to being a foreign agent for the government of Turkey.

Flynn's lawyers have now registered him with the Department of Justice for work he did just before the election.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who was fired from his prominent White House job last month, has registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for $530,000 worth of lobbying work before Election Day that may have aided the Turkish government.

Paperwork filed Tuesday with the Justice Department's Foreign Agent Registration Unit said Flynn and his firm were voluntarily registering for lobbying from August through November that "could be construed to have principally benefited the Republic of Turkey." It was filed by a lawyer on behalf of the former U.S. Army lieutenant general and intelligence chief.

Obviously, this means he was actively lobbying on behalf of a foreign government while he was also advising the Trump campaign.

You may recall that Flynn accompanied Trump to his classified intelligence briefings before the election, which raises many questions about Flynn's activities. By his own admission, Flynn was aiding the Turkish government and, at the same time, receiving classified intelligence. Trump also appointed him to the top national security post in the country.

Turkish President Recep Erdogan has more or less installed himself as a dictator having arrested tens of thousands of his political opponents from journalists to teachers.

  • Aynwrong

    Michael Flynn during and after the campaign called for the deportation of a Turkish imam who has been living in exile here (specifically Pennsylvania) back to Turkey. The Turkish government has accused the imam of having supported an attempted coup.

    http://www.newsweek.com/us-should-extradite-coup-suspect-fethullah-gulen-turkey-says-trump-adviser-519534

    The same Turkish government that has paid Michael Flynn quite handsomely. Well, well, well…

    What a funny old world.

  • muselet

    Nobody can ever accuse Michael Flynn of divided loyalties.

    He’s always 100% loyal to Michael Flynn.

    In a sane country, Flynn’s antics would trigger investigations by DoJ and the relevant congressional committees, at the very least. Clearly, we do not live in a sane country.

    –alopecia

    • ninjaf

      Ah, but we used to. And for those of us who remember that, it is infuriating that it is gone.

      • Christopher Foxx

        It was the Republicans who were instrumental in starting the Watergate hearings. Once upon a time they actually did have a sense of duty and patriotism.

    • JMAshby

      I believe Flynn is under active investigation. That’s probably the only reason his lawyers made this disclosure.

      • muselet

        He very well could be, and if so, good.

        Or this could be one of those “Oh, I was so busy with the election and having dinner with Vladimir Putin and being a crazy person I completely forgot to file this paperwork” deals that will blow over quickly because the Rs don’t want to embarrass Donald Trump.

        –alopecia

  • Jebus H. Christ. Throw this asshole (and others in the administration who did the same thing) in jail. Are there no safeguards any more?

    • ninjaf

      I think we are seeing the weakness in our safeguards: it requires partisans to act in the best interest of the country. It looks like we need laws so that there is no equivocating for partisan purposes.

      We wouldn’t need new laws and regulations if people did what they were supposed to do. But they don’t always. This is why I am not against laws and regulations. They aren’t added just for fun. They are added because the public sees a need and demands a change.

      • Christopher Foxx

        Call them “protections” rather than “regulations” and it puts a whole different light on things.

        For example, the Republicans want to remove two protections before a new one can be put in place. They’re not trying to remove regulations that are hindering coal companies, they’re trying to kill protections that keep water safe. And so on.

    • gescove

      Can we just punch them in the throat before throwing them in jail? I feel like that Dilbert character who, as her internal rage builds, thinks to herself “Must restrain fist of doom!” It would be a great relief if the fist could let fly.