Michael Flynn, Dondal Trump’s top foreign policy and national security adviser during the campaign and transitionwho Trump named as National Security Adviser in his administration, was at the same time working personally and through his company for a firm linked to the Turkish government. He thus appears to have been working as an agent of a foreign government and therefore under a legal obligation to register with the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). This, it has now been learned, Flynn is attempting to do retroactively.
It makes you wonder what kind of an FBI background investigation, if any, was run on Flynn before he assumed office as National Security Adviser on January 20. If it was, how could the FBI miss the fact that Flynn was working as an agent of a foreign power, while violating the legal requirements for registration as a foreign agent under the FARA? Details on the FARA are found here.
Theodoric Meyer, “Flynn lobbied for Turkish-linked firm after election, documents show,” Politico, March 8, 2017 (8:10 p.m. EST, update).
Amber Jamieson (in New York), “Trump unaware that Michael Flynn was a ‘foreign agent’, Sean Spicer says; Former national security adviser retroactively disclosed that he lobbied for firm linked to Turkish government while working as Trump’s campaign adviser,” The Guardian, The Guardian, March 9, 2017 (16:41 EST).
“Trump bestreitet Kenntnis von Flynns Lobbyarbeit; Ex-Sicherheitsberater Flynn hat sich während des Wahlkampfes gegen Geld für die Auslieferung von Gülen eingesetzt. Trump wusste davon nichts, sagt dessen Sprecher,” Die Zeit, 10. März 2017 (3:24 Uhr).
It appears that “extreme vetting” applies to refugees from war and great trauma and loss in places like Syria, who have already been cleared after extensive vetting by U.S. and U.N. officials, but not to Trump associates at the highest level who are entrusted with the most sensitive intelligence and security information in the country.
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