Before He Came to White House, Trump Team Knew Flynn Was Under Investigation

Before He Came to White House, Trump Team Knew Flynn Was Under Investigation

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http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article151149647.html

During the transition, the Obama admin. wanted to proceed with anti-ISIS military OPS in coordination with the Kurds in northern Iraq Raqqa in Syria. But, given that it was ten days before Trump was sworn in, they deferred to Flynn to make the call. Flynn nixed them.

Turkey was against the operation, and Flynn was being paid by the Turks. He made national security decisions under the influence of foreign money. That smells like treason.

Flynn is THE thread to tug on for now.

Timeline of notable events surrounding Flynn. Let me know if there are any errors and I'll fix them right away. All events listed have been reported by reputable sources (AP, Reuters, NYT, WaPo, WSJ, CNN, etc.)

For annotated timeline with various sources I used, Click here

Not included are a lot of Flynn's campaign actions, how the Russian interference in the election progressed, Sean Spicer's continuously evolving denials on Flynn's actions and Trump's knowledge, or issues involving players like Page and Manafort

Edit: Looking for info on when Kushner, Flynn, and Kislyak met



December 2015: Flynn attends Russia Today dinner. He is seated next to Putin. Receives $33k for his appearance

April 2016: Flynn has DIA security clearance renewed. He does not disclose any payments from Russia

July 2016: FBI begins to investigate any ties between Trump campaign and Russia

August 2016: Flynn begins lobbying for Turkey. Ultimately receives $530k over course of his work

November 8th: Flynn writes Op-ed advocating better relations with Turkey

November 8th: Donald Trump wins election

November 10th: In first meeting between Trump and Obama, Obama raises concern over Flynn

November 8-17th: At some point in November, Flynn informs transition team of intent to register as foreign agent

November 17th: Flynn is named for National Security Adviser. 

November 18th: Elijah Cumming sends letter to VP-elect Pence, including notification of Flynn lobbying company's work with Turkey

November 30: The Justice Department sends a letter to Flynn notifying him they were scrutinizing his lobbying work.

December 2016: Michael Flynn has undisclosed conversation with Sergei Kislyak, the Russian Ambassador to the United States. Around the time Obama put new sanctions on Russia

January 4th: Flynn informs transition team he was under investigation for Turkey lobbying

January ~10th: Flynn delays ISIS attack plan that Turkey objected to. 

January 15th: Pence says Flynn phone-call with Kislyak in December was unrelated to sanctions

January 18th: Flynn meets for 'working breakfast' with Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs

January 20th: Donald Trump’s inauguration

January 24th: Flynn has interview with FBI 

January 26th: Sally Yates informs the WH that reports about Flynn’s conversations were untrue and Flynn was susceptible to compromise.

January 27th: Donald Trump has dinner with Comey. Trump asks him for loyalty.

January 30th: Sally Yates is fired. Administration & Trump cite refusal to defend travel ban

February 9th: Washington Post reports that Flynn discussed sanctions

February 13th: Washington Post reports that Yates warned WH

February 13th: Flynn resigns

February 14th: Trump asks Comey to end Flynn probe. “I hope you can let this go”

March 9th: Flynn registers as foreign agent under FARA

March 9th: Pence says story that Flynn registering earlier in day as foreign agent is first he heard of it. Calls it affirmation of Flynn resignation

March 10th: Story breaks that Flynn had informed transition team of intent to register as foreign agent before inauguration

March 20th: Comey discloses Trump-Russia investigation by FBI. Rebuts Trump claims of Obama ‘wiretapp’

March 31st: Flynn requests immunity. Request rejected next day

May 3rd: Comey testifies to Senate about his decisions in Email investigation

May 8th: Sally Yates testifies that Flynn was at risk for blackmail and that she had warned the WH, confirming media reports

May 8th: Trump asks Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General to write justifications for firing Comey

May 9th: Trump fires Comey. WH claims that it was because of handling of Hillary Clinton email investigation

May 11th: Senate intelligence committee subpoenas Michael Flynn for documents 

May 16th: Trump has meeting with Erdogan in White House

Edit: Thanks! How following this dude makes me feel

Flynn is THE thread to tug on for now.

Timeline of notable events surrounding Flynn. Let me know if there are any errors and I'll fix them right away. All events listed have been reported by reputable sources (AP, Reuters, NYT, WaPo, WSJ, CNN, etc.)

For annotated timeline with various sources I used, Click here

Not included are a lot of Flynn's campaign actions, how the Russian interference in the election progressed, Sean Spicer's continuously evolving denials on Flynn's actions and Trump's knowledge, or issues involving players like Page and Manafort

Edit: Looking for info on when Kushner, Flynn, and Kislyak met

December 2015: Flynn attends Russia Today dinner. He is seated next to Putin. Receives $33k for his appearance

April 2016: Flynn has DIA security clearance renewed. He does not disclose any payments from Russia

July 2016: FBI begins to investigate any ties between Trump campaign and Russia

August 2016: Flynn begins lobbying for Turkey. Ultimately receives $530k over course of his work

November 8th: Flynn writes Op-ed advocating better relations with Turkey

November 8th: Donald Trump wins election

November 10th: In first meeting between Trump and Obama, Obama raises concern over Flynn

November 8-17th: At some point in November, Flynn informs transition team of intent to register as foreign agent

November 17th: Flynn is named for National Security Adviser.

November 18th: Elijah Cumming sends letter to VP-elect Pence, including notification of Flynn lobbying company's work with Turkey

November 30: The Justice Department sends a letter to Flynn notifying him they were scrutinizing his lobbying work.

December 2016: Michael Flynn has undisclosed conversation with Sergei Kislyak, the Russian Ambassador to the United States. Around the time Obama put new sanctions on Russia

January 4th: Flynn informs transition team he was under investigation for Turkey lobbying

January ~10th: Flynn delays ISIS attack plan that Turkey objected to.

January 15th: Pence says Flynn phone-call with Kislyak in December was unrelated to sanctions

January 18th: Flynn meets for 'working breakfast' with Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs

January 20th: Donald Trump’s inauguration

January 24th: Flynn has interview with FBI

January 26th: Sally Yates informs the WH that reports about Flynn’s conversations were untrue and Flynn was susceptible to compromise.

January 27th: Donald Trump has dinner with Comey. Trump asks him for loyalty.

January 30th: Sally Yates is fired. Administration & Trump cite refusal to defend travel ban

February 9th: Washington Post reports that Flynn discussed sanctions

February 13th: Washington Post reports that Yates warned WH

February 13th: Flynn resigns

February 14th: Trump asks Comey to end Flynn probe. “I hope you can let this go”

March 9th: Flynn registers as foreign agent under FARA

March 9th: Pence says story that Flynn registering earlier in day as foreign agent is first he heard of it. Calls it affirmation of Flynn resignation

March 10th: Story breaks that Flynn had informed transition team of intent to register as foreign agent before inauguration

March 20th: Comey discloses Trump-Russia investigation by FBI. Rebuts Trump claims of Obama ‘wiretapp’

March 31st: Flynn requests immunity. Request rejected next day

May 3rd: Comey testifies to Senate about his decisions in Email investigation

May 8th: Sally Yates testifies that Flynn was at risk for blackmail and that she had warned the WH, confirming media reports

May 8th: Trump asks Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General to write justifications for firing Comey

May 9th: Trump fires Comey. WH claims that it was because of handling of Hillary Clinton email investigation

May 11th: Senate intelligence committee subpoenas Michael Flynn for documents

May 16th: Trump has meeting with Erdogan in White House

Edit: Thanks!

Pence in March: "Hearing that story today was the first I heard of [Flynn being a foreign agent]"

Pence was the HEAD of the transition team.

Michael T. Flynn told President Trump’s transition team weeks before the inauguration that he was under federal investigation for secretly working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the campaign, according to two people familiar with the case.

What the fuck. GOP Leaders laughing about Putin maybe paying Trump - fucking Trump idiots hiring a guy for fucking national security advisor who says hey I'm under federal investigation! OMFG FUCKING REPUBLICAN FUCKNUTS

3! 3 bombshells! Ah ah ah!!!!

They....helped ISIS....at the behest of Turkey....who Flynn was secretly working for....and under FBI investigation for not disclosing his ties to....

ISIS folks. ISIS.

I mean, out of all of this shit as it's been coming out, the treason, the obstruction of justice...I never thought it would go so far as to providing aid and comfort to ISIS.

ISIS....they committed treason....to help ISIS....at the behest of Turkey's now autocratic leader.

My mind is broken right now.

Pence lied.

Pence is complicit in Trump's crimes.

Pence actively covered for the actions of an undeclared foreign agent.

It might be time for Paul Ryan to start looking at curtain swatches.

They knew.

They fucking knew.

Daniel Dale:

McClatchy: Flynn held up attack on ISIS capital, consistent with wishes of Turkey, for which he was secret lobbyist.

Laurence Tribe responds:

If true, this could well be treason. And if what Flynn has on Trump is that Trump APPROVED that pro-Turkey assist to ISIS, then . . .

EDIT: to add another gem from January 18th.

Tweet by Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, the Foreign Minister of Turkey (he will likely be deleting this tweet soon - so catch it while you can!):

Met w/General Flynn,who will assume the position of National Security Advisor, and other officials at a working breakfast in Washington D.C.

So Pence knew about the Flynn investigation for 40 days before demanding that Flynn resign.

How deliciously biblical.

And this one fucks Pence!

Actually now that I think about it this could be defended by saying Trump lied to Pence... this could be the GOP establishment's first act in undoing the man himself.

WaPo and NYT are fucking killing it!!

There's no way. Pence literally led the transition team. If there was anyone that would have known, it would have been him.

Specifically, pence knew.

This week is gonna go down in history.

But we have a tape of Ryan joking about the fact that Trump is on the Russian payroll! He even swears the others present to secrecy!

Every week is Trumps worst ever week as President. Its impressive as fuck.

Dan Rather is a boss.

"Today is the day Donald Trump no longer becomes the hunter, but rather, the hunted."

Not if that tape WaPo reported on has anything to say about it.

PRESIDENT HATCH COME ON DOWN.

My poor, poor heart. Please. I cannot take

SO MUCH WINNING

They also helped Turkey at the expensive of the Kurds aka arguably are most effective ally in the fight against ISIS.

It's like they're playing ping pong with trump as the ball

Trump: So I was sitting in the Oval Office today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my presidency has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that's on the worst day of my presidency.

Dr. Ben Carson: What about today? Is today the worst day of your presidency?

Trump: Yeah.

Dr. Ben Carson: Wow, that's messed up.

So that's why Trump wouldn't tell us about his plan.

It involved treason

Edit: this tweet from a NBC reporter says Flynn allowed to be hired on as NSA from Kushner and Ivanka.

Mother is not going to be pleased about this.

Yea maybe mocking the media nonstop isn't the best strategy

We are about to move from 'whole chapter in US history book' to 'advanced level university history course' on this subject.

Jeez guys let's space these out a bit. One administration-ending bombshell per night is plenty.

I feel like an addict.

And then the dam broke.

A flood is coming that will shape the future of our Republic in ways no one can predict. Except that the speed with which this has all happened, just over a hundred days into President Donald Trump's dumpster fire of an administration, means it was all very predictable. And no one who played a role in normalizing this President should be allowed to forget it.

We have news that the Department of Justice, under Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, will appoint a Special Counsel to investigate the Russia interference scandal. Apparently the President was only given a 30 minute heads up, and it came while he was interviewing new heads for the FBI. The Special Counsel will be former FBI Director Robert Mueller. These types of investigations tend to stir up more dirt than anyone thought was there. We will see if that happens now.

The stock market plummets. The White House staff is in chaos. The chorus of Republicans suddenly eager to be on the right side of history gets louder. Most of the time Washington moves in slow motion - except when it doesn't. And this moment is one of those times. We are living in a news cycle that can be measured in nanoseconds.

And amidst the news, another blockbuster report by the Washington Post. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy apparently said last June that he thought Putin pays Trump. At which point Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who was also there, stopped the conversation and swore those who were present to secrecy. When the Post asked about the incident, spokesmen for both representatives denied the story on the record. When they were informed that the Post reporters had heard a tape of the exchange, they changed their tune - saying it was a joke.

What all this makes clear is that the concerns which now threaten the integrity of our government were well known and played for cynical theater. Well, the curtain may be coming down on this act of this tragedy. New actors wait to take the stage for a drama for which the script is yet to be written.

-Dan Rather (from BEFORE this additional BIG FUCKING BREAK joined the mix. But it is so on point)

You should probably add in that McCarthy joked about Putin paying trump in June 2016

The WaPo

Oh god, President Ryan?

Or picking a fight with the IC, journalism's new best friend.

Kurds always getting the short end of the stick after showing so much admiration for the US.

They are truly in one of the worst geographic areas.

This is a goddamned​ gangbang at this point. This is the kind of political porn that makes to feel all guilty and nasty after watching it. You know you shouldn't like it, but the Lesser Head knows what it wants. And it wants a gangbang.

Flynn literally helped ISIS.

Lol. Way to start a war with the FBI, Donnie.

This is looking like a moment to be really proud of one of our country's most powerful institutions. The FBI has our back on this.

To everyone here loving the NYT and WaPo they would never be able to do this without subscriptions. Go support them. Even if it's just for a month.

This is what happens when you try to simultaneously take on the free press and the intelligence community.

Forgot that fun little tidbit :). Too much corruption to keep track of sometimes.

Wow...that needs it's own thread. WaPo and NYT are barely leaving room for other things to even have their deserved discussions

At this point I think Trump is fucked.

Remember that you paying attention to this doesn't effect the outcome. Think of it like taping the Superbowl because you need to work. You can still have a lot of fun with your other friends that needed to work later on.

The best way for you to fight trumps agenda is to focus on your studies and keep your life straight.

Good luck Friday.

Pence, you're fucked.

Trump, pence, Ryan all hit with major bombshells in one day is a pretty fucking good day.

'Here's how Bernie can still win...'

So, it'll be interesting to see how Pence deals with this. He's been caught in several lies already, but this would mean he intentionally and knowingly allowed a suspected foreign agent to become NSA.

Methinks he's fucked.

There's also rumors of a even BIGGER bombshell coming out tomorrow. It might be related to Carter Page and his secret trip to Moscow. Quid pro quo of Trump asking for DNC hacks in exchange for the reduction of Russian sanctions.

The IC is coming after Ryan too. They are all fucked. Every last one of them.

Mr. Flynn’s disclosure, on Jan. 4, was first made to the transition team’s chief lawyer, Donald F. McGahn II, who is now the White House counsel. That conversation, and another one two days later between Mr. Flynn’s lawyer and transition lawyers, shows that the Trump team knew about the investigation of Mr. Flynn far earlier than has been previously reported.

This represents a severe, possibly systemic disintegration of vetting protocols in the federal government. I'm not a fortune teller and I'm not even politically or legally savvy, however I know that reforms must come out of the smoking corpse of this mess.

Maybe we need to legally codify some sort of OPM attache to a presidential transition team to ensure this doesn't happen again. This cannot happen again.

Well, this makes things awkward. This was almost a month before Yates informed them, almost two months before they fired him.

Two months they knew and he had access.

It's almost as bad as having emails on the wrong server.

Here's the thing. The Speaker can be replaced very, very quickly, and it doesn't have to be a sitting representative. If they can get enough people to agree, they could theoretically put anyone they wanted in that seat.

...and here I am hoping it's enough.

I'm sure he's still a racist. Let's not complicate this.

Schwarzenegger!

"How you like my ratings now, Bitch!"

As a vet, I want the head of these traitors on poles. They aided the enemy. This is unforgivable.

Upper level elective: HIST 4369 - The Saga of Donald Trump

1 for Trump

1 for Ryan and McCarthy

And now 1 for Pence

Give me one more for McConell and I might faint.

Mother is going to be so upset with Pence

I nominate Tony Danza. He's got leadership experience.

How did I miss this? What paper is reporting this?!

McClatchy reported tonight that Flynn made a major decision regarding bases in Turkey in the way Turkish officials wanted. Even if that was the correct decision, knowing he was under investigation for turkish lobbying the administration should have not even let him in on the discussion

Don't tease me like that, i can only get so erect

Reports from within the White House yesterday described the atmosphere as like "a morgue". Can only imagine what it's like today. I'm feeling schadenfreude.

Joked? Don't you mean he said it and then followed it up with "swear to God", and then Ryan made everyone promise to keep it secret?

Noooooo, I have a midterm this Friday!!! Have mercy!!!

Holy shit, I'm genuinely tired of winning... For real. This could have waited until morning. Now I'm going to be up all night after being glued to my phone all day, and I am physically exhausted from winning. The spirit is willing, but the flesh mind is spongy and bruised...

Btw for more context Turkey and the Kurds are geopolitical rivals. Those protesters getting stomped out by Turkey bodyguards yesterday? Kurdish protestors.

Jesus, treating animals makes you hardcore.

They were all in with Flynn from the start.

Date Event 2015 16 Jun Trump announces candidacy. “Summer” Cozy Bear aka APT 29 / CozyDukes / The Dukes (Russian SVT intel) breaches DNC. 14 Aug Sessions advising Trump on immigration. 21 Aug Sessions joint appearance with Trump. 18 Dec Putin praises Trump at press conference. 2016 --------- 2 Feb Russia considers privatising Rosneft. Russian econ in dire straits due to sanctions, low oil price. 27 Feb Flynn advising Trump on foreign policy, incl Russia. 1 Mar Super Tues. Good for Clinton, Trump. 10 Mar (Successful?) spearphishing on DNC (likely by Fancy Bear aka APT 28, part of Russian GRU - military intel). 17 Mar Sessions, now Trump’s nat sec adviser, says “no reason for the US and Russia to be at this loggerheads”. 19 Mar Successful spearphishing on Podesta, likely by GRU. 21 Mar Trump tells WaPo Page is advisor. In other reports, Page is part of Nat Sec team led by Sessions. Trump also criticises NATO. On same day, meets Sessions and others legislators, has news conf at unfinished DC hotel. Poss. date of crucial nat sec meeting (possibly Sessions, Page, JD Gordon, ? Flynn) at DC hotel, later referred to by Gordon. 22 Mar Page tells WaPo he has met Trump c’paign. 22 Mar Further successful spearphishing on DNC, prob by GRU. 28 Mar Trump names M’fort as advisor (to manage delegates) “Spring 2016” FBI begins i’gation of M’fort as outgrowth of crim i’gation, focus on why in “such close contact” with Russian and Ukr’n intel. No warrant on M’fort yet. 18 Apr Trump reorganises c’paign, putting M’fort in charge. 19 Apr DCLeaks.com domain registered. 27 Apr Trump gives foreign policy speech re closer ties with Russia. Trump briefly meets / greets Kislyak. Sessions present. 4 May Trump wins Indiana primary, becomes presumptive nominee. ~4 May First DNS lookups on Trump - Alfa Bank server. ~25 May GRU access to DNC ends. Latest part of DNC data later leaked by W’leaks. 3 Jun W’leaks creates torrent of DNC data. 12 Jun Assange announces W’leaks will soon release data on Clinton. 14 Jun News breaks of DNC hack incl “oppo research” on Trump (and targetting of Trump and Clinton c’paigns and some GOP PACs). 15 Jun First release of DNC data by “Guccifer 2.0” (US intel believes = GRU), being Trump oppo file. 19 Jun W’leaks tweets out “insurance” file of DNC / Guccifer 2.0 data. ~7 Jul Page travels to Russia, criticises US policy, meets Russian Dep PM. Page later admits he met Rosneft exec - likely on this trip. “Late July” FBI counter-intel i’gation of Trump assocs and Russia begins, prompted by Page’s trip. ~13 Jul Pre-convention platform meeting: Trump staffers JD Gordon and Matt Miller soften language on US aid to Ukraine (vs Russia). Gordon says was because of Trump’s view, in March “nat sec meeting” at unfinished Trump hotel in DC, that he didn’t want “WW3” over Ukraine. 18 Jul Repub Nat Convention begins. ~20 Jul Kislyak meets Sessions, Page and Gordon at RNC. Artamenko also at RNC and meets Trump advisors (? at same meeting). 21 Jul GOP convention ends. 10.30am, 22 Jul First W’leaks dump of DNC data. 25 Jul Dem convention begins. 27 Jul Trump says at press conf, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” Last press conf of c’paign. 28 Jul Dem convention ends. ~Jul/Aug Around time of W’leaks DNC release, US intercepts Russians discussing contact with Trump assocs. At same time, European allies tell US intel re “people close to Mr Trump” meeting Russians in “Netherlands, Britain and other countries”. At about same time, US intercepts calls between Trump c’paign staff, incl M’fort, and other Trump assocs and Russian intel. ~2-5 Aug News of Page’s trip to Moscow breaks in HuffPo on 2 or 3 Aug, widely reported by 4 - 5 Aug. Trump c’paign distances from Page. ~4 - 10 Aug Noticeable peak in activity on Trump / Alfa Bank server. 5 Aug Michael Morell, former CIA head, calls Trump “unwitting agent” of Russia. ~Early Aug Russians said to be experiencing “buyer’s remorse” on Trump after poor showing at RNC and in Khan scandal. Trump assoc meets Russian MP in Eastern European capital, monitored by Estonian intel. “Late summer” FBI gets FISA warrant on Page after he leaves c’paign (ie “probable cause” was agent of Russia). 14 Aug Reports of “ledger” of multi-million $$ to M’fort from Russia-aligned Ukrainians. M’fort first denies receiving. Some payments since conf’d. 19 Aug M’fort resigns. 19 Aug M’fort establishes shell corp. Soon after, it gets ~$13 M loans from Trump-linked businesses. ? late Aug Western intel believes Putin met former Ukrainian Pres Yanukovych re whether any recs of M’fort payments. 21 Aug Stone tweets “Trust me, it will soon the Podesta’s time in the barrel”. 5 Sep Obama meets Putin at G20 summit, threatens “cyber war”. 7 Sep Trump praises Putin during “Commander in Chief” forum, says he is better leader than Obama. 8 Sep Sessions meets Kislyak in his Senate office. 8 Sep (time not clear) Kremlin spox Peskov: “We hope that with the completion of the election c’paigns we will see such political will towards … good relations ...” 14 Sep W’leaks releases further DNC emails, newly received from Guccifer 2.0 (ie GRU). 15 Sep Guccifer 2.0 / GRU releases DCCC data. 2 Oct Stone tweets “Wednesday@HillaryClinton is done. #W’leaks” 4 Oct (Tues PM) Guccifer 2.0 releases falsified “Clinton Foundation” data. 7 Oct US officially accuses Russia’s “senior-most officials” of directing hacking and disclosures (via W’leaks etc) with aim of interfering with election, and “scanning and probing” electoral systems. 11am, 7 Oct Leak to WaPo of “pussy” tape. 4pm, 7 Oct WaPo reports the “pussy” tape. 4.30pm, 8 Oct First dump of Podesta emails. 31 Oct Obama uses “red phone” to warn Putin not to interfere on Election Day. 8 Nov Election day. 10 Nov Obama meets Trump, warns re hiring Flynn. 10 Nov Russian dep foreign minister admits contacts during c’paign by Kislyak w/ “American politicians and other supporters of Mr Trump”, specifically “senators”. 11 Nov Trump appoints Flynn as vice-chairman of transition (Pence chairman) 16 Nov Trump said to be considering** Flynn** as Nat Sec Advisor. 18 Nov Trump formally names Flynn as Nat Sec Advisor. Early Dec Flynn and Kushner meet Kislyak at Trump Tower. ~7 Dec Sale of 19.5% of Rosneft to Glencore / Qatar / unknown buyers. 8 Dec Page again visits Moscow. Later in Dec Kushner meets Gorkov, CEO of VEB Bank, on recommendation from Kislyak. Later in Dec Flynn, Kushner and Bannon meet with Prince Zayed of UAE in meeting related to later Erik Prince meet with Russians in Seychelles. 29 Dec Obama admin announces further sanctions on Russia, incl expulsion of spies. Later, 29 Dec Flynn, on holiday in Dominican Republic, speaks to Kislyak five times and discusses sanctions. 30 Dec Putin announces will be no retaliatory sanctions. Trump tweets "Great move on delay (by V. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart!" 2017 . 3 Jan Obama admin signs off on rules allowing NSA to share raw SIGINT with other agencies without masking US names. 5 Jan Obama briefed on Intel Community Ass’mt on Russian interference, plus synopsis of Steele Dossier. Conclusion: Russia hacked both DNC and RNC, released only DNC data, thru Guccifer 2.0 and DCLeaks to W’leaks and directly to public, conducted “influence c’paign” (bots, trolls etc), accessed electoral though not vote-tallying systems. Aim was to (1) damage US confidence in own democracy, (2) harm Clinton and (3) assist Trump. 6 Jan Trump briefed on ICA report, plus Steele Dossier synopsis. Later, 6 Jan Unclassified version of ICA report released. ~11 Jan Erik Prince meets “close associate of Putin” in Seychelles, in meeting brokered by Prince Zayed of UAE (via Flynn, Kushner, Bannon - above) to create back channel b/w US and Russia. Days before 20 Jan Further efforts by Obama admin to widely share intel on Trump-Russia. 20 Jan Inauguration 24 Jan FBI i’views Flynn. Flynn lies that did not discuss sanctions with Kislyak in calls. 25 Jan FBI sends Yates “read-out” of Flynn interview. 26 Jan Acting A-G Yates calls, then meets, McGahn, WH Counsel. Tells him that, on intercepts, Flynn’s story “known to be untrue” and so he is “compromised” by Russia. Later, 26 Jan McGahn “immediately” briefs Trump, Bannon, Priebus. AM, 27 Jan McGahn meets Yates, asks why it matters if one WH staffer lies to another. McGahn asks to see underlying intel. 27 Jan Trump signs “travel ban” EO. PM, 27 Jan Trump has dinner with Comey, asks Comey for “loyalty”. “Late Jan” Cohen (Trump’s lawyer) meets Artamenko and Sater re “peace plan” for Ukraine and lifting sanctions on Russia. Cohen agrees to take plan to Flynn. PM, 30 Jan Yates calls McGahn to say FBI agreed WH can see intel on Flynn. PM, 30 Jan Yates instructs DOJ staff not to defend Trump travel ban. 9.15pm, 30 Jan Yates fired. ~7 Feb Cohen takes plan to Flynn and “leaves it on desk” (“a week before Flynn resigns”) 14 Feb Flynn resigns. 15 Feb Priebus asks various FBI / intel figures to call media to “knock down” NYT story of contacts b/w Trump assocs / Russian spies. Comey and McCabe refuse, Burr, Nunes and CIA dir Pompeo do so. 15 Feb Trump meets Comey, asks him to end Flynn i’gation. 9 Mar Trump attempts to call US Attorney Bharara. He tells Sessions’ assistant he cannot return call. 10 Mar Trump / Sessions ask Bharara and 46 other US Attorneys to resign. Bharara refuses. 11 Mar Bharara fired. 8 May Trump decides to fire Comey, requests memos from Sessions and Rosenstein to support decision. 9 May Trump fires Comey. 10 May Trump meets Lavrov, Kislyak. Leaks info re Israeli intel against ISIS.

And they blamed Obama after we found out what they knew all along. Despite Obama warning Trump personally. When you put it all together, why did Trump still go ahead and hire Flynn, despite the Obama warning, despite his work as a foreign agent? Putin must be quite persuasive.

Media: This day couldn't possibly get worse for the Trump administration

FBI: hold my beer

We scream and yell and point fingers at the media, but let's take a single moment to reflect that a free and unfettered press is what's saving our collective asses from tyranny.

All of us who are so hooked, so invested, DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN AGAIN.

We're a new wave of people with a degree of political interest, and we can help affect change to where we can try to avoid this shit show again. We can't become apathetic just because we're not as outraged, ESPECIALLY when the status quo of poor policy will seem tame compared to what we've been witnessing the last few months.

We need to stay involved. Not just post here. Not just sharing on Facebook or talking to friends and family. We need to get out and fucking do something.

But I thought that Trump was going to come down hard on Turkey and also had a great plan to destroy ISIS in thirty days or less???

/s

In the end, a fed-up Sean Spicer burns down the White House and flees to Mexico.

LPT: don't fuck with IC.

Dan Rather is a national treasure. Brilliant quote.

Great list! You might also add that Flynn asked for immunity from prosecution and Trump endorsed the idea.

Did you read the other bombshell from tonight? Hatch should be the one looking at curtain swatches.

They just keep coming. This is incredible.

Dan Rather just officially referred to a Presidency as a "dumpster fire".

Said Presidency is 4 months old.

Think about that for a second

FYI for those with an Amazon Prime subscription. You get a 6 month free subscription to the Washington Post, then after that you pay 60% less compared to a normal subscription.

Insanity. Flynn gonna goto jail. Or turn.

WASHINGTON One of the Trump administration’s first decisions about the fight against the Islamic State was made by Michael Flynn weeks before he was fired – and it conformed to the wishes of Turkey, whose interests, unbeknownst to anyone in Washington, he’d been paid more than $500,000 to represent.

The decision came 10 days before Donald Trump had been sworn in as president, in a conversation with President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, who had explained the Pentagon’s plan to retake the Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa with Syrian Kurdish forces whom the Pentagon considered the U.S.’s most effective military partners. Obama’s national security team had decided to ask for Trump’s sign-off, since the plan would all but certainly be executed after Trump had become president.

Flynn didn’t hesitate. According to timelines distributed by members of Congress in the weeks since, Flynn told Rice to hold off, a move that would delay the military operation for months.

If Flynn explained his answer, that’s not recorded, and it’s not known whether he consulted anyone else on the transition team before rendering his verdict. But his position was consistent with the wishes of Turkey, which had long opposed the United States partnering with the Kurdish forces – and which was his undeclared client.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article151149647.html

Pence knew he was approving a foreign agent to become the NSA and gave him access to the most confidential and top secret intel we have.

He is unfit for office.

If President Sanders becomes a thing I'll livestream myself dryhumping a Bernie body pillow while singing Simon and Garfunkel's "America".

Fuck yea!!!! I googled it. This is absurd

But Schrödinger and Futurama told me it's impossible to observe the outcome without affecting it!

What if Impeaching Trump's like a Spirit bomb and needs all of us too lend it our energy?!

No I wanna live my life

IC be like: "Alright we have Trump, now leak the Ryan tape to make him recuse himself from impeachment proceedings and leak the Pence Knew story so he gets added to the articles of impeachment."

Operator as fuuuuuuck

Well...it's true that several people told the transition team about Flynn as well, including Flynn's lawyer...but how was Pence supposed to know that those people weren't joking? The GOP jokes about treason so much these days that it's hard to tell when they're serious.

I take my wedding ring off every time I get an alert from WaPo and NYT. My wife can smell it on me when I come home from "work."

I wonder if we'll elect another mess of a president in the future just to continue getting a high

CNN now talking about Pence and how he had to know since he was head of transition.

OH OH

btw has anyone noticed he's been hiding since last week

I actually have trimmed a lot from when I posted this timeline last time. I'll be keeping it related to Flynn specifically. Does someone have a date or month that Flynn informed the WH? I would like to put that in

Edit: January 4th

Whoa! Don't get too carried away! Nothing is as bad as that!

So what you're really saying here is... Bernie can still win?

The White House claimed that they though Sally Yates' warnings about Flynn were not serious, and even a joke. This report completely obliterated that lie. I can't handle all the reporting this week. This House of Cards Trump built up is collapsing!!

Nice of his employer to beat the shit out of American citizens in our capital too.

And guess Putin isn't the only person employing our POTUS either. Nothing but congratulations and invitations from Trump to Erdogan as he sabotages American interests and beats up our people.

I miss the days when the US looked weak with Obama in charge. Trump's version of strong sure makes us all look like bitches to be passed around for dictators to enjoy.

He did more than mock them. He literally called them the enemy of the American people.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/832708293516632065

Nor those who "buy ink by the barrel".

Holy shit. I seriously cannot keep up. It's all happening too fast.