Michael Flynn tells pals he keeps in touch with Trump
The White House has refuted claims that former national security adviser Michael Flynn and his lawyer told President Donald Trump’s transition team weeks before the inauguration that he was under investigation for working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey.
Flynn is one of several Trump associates under federal investigation by special counsel Mark Mueller for collusion with Russian Federation and obstruction of justice.
Though Pence will continue to be a “loyal soldier” because he is a “relentlessly positive guy, he “looks exhausted”, a senior administration adviser observed on Thursday, outlining the vice president’s schedule and trying to explain his relative absence from the public eye”.
“Pence was the head of the transition team that tapped Flynn for national security adviser”. He was asked to resign on February 13 over reports that he had discussed sanctions with Russia’s ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, during the transition.
While an aide to the vice president says he spent the last few days in speech preparation, it conveniently kept him out of the firing line, missing a regular Senate lunch on Capitol Hill on Tuesday while he worked behind closed doors with President Donald Trump at a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
‘This was a five-alarm fire from early on, the way the Russians were talking about him, ‘ a former Obama administration official told CNN. His financial ties to Turkish government interests, which paid him $530,000 in a lobbying deal that he failed to disclose during the campaign, are also under scrutiny by federal investigators.
In the documents, he said the lobbying work ‘could be construed to have principally benefited the Republic of Turkey’.
But in the same week in which it was announced the special counsel had been appointed, Alptekin will hold a conference at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., which is less than a mile away from the White House.
Flynn made a speech at last year’s Republican national convention that handed Trump the party’s presidential nomination.
Trump fired Flynn in February after it became clear that he had falsely characterised the nature of phone conversations with Kislyak in late December – after the November 8 election and just after the Obama administration announced new sanctions on Russian Federation.
Flynn’s relationship with Russia developed over the course of the campaign, after he accepted $45,000 from the Kremlin-run Russia Today to attend a gala honoring the news network in December 2015.
Flynn became the main figure and biggest baggage of the Trump administration. “… This matter is not going to distract the President or this administration from its work to bring back jobs and keep America safe”. Sponsors for the event include several Turkish companies, as well as major US defense contractors like Raytheon, who Trump will appropriate funds for in his job as president.
“This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”
“I am not acquainted with any of Donald Trump’s close associates, therefore no such conversation could have taken place”, he said in an email to Reuters.