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Flynn Promoted Nuclear-Plant Project While in White House

Flynn Promoted Nuclear-Plant Project While in White House
Flynn Promoted Nuclear-Plant Project While in White House

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As President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn promoted a controversial private-sector nuclear power plan in the Middle East that had once involved Russian companies, according to former security-council staffers and others familiar with the effort.

While working at the White House, Mr. Flynn advocated for a group of former senior U.S. military officers with whom he had worked while in the private sector. The project, which the former military officers were helping promote on behalf of several U.S. companies, envisions building and operating dozens of nuclear plants in Saudi Arabia and across the Middle East, the people familiar with it said.

The sprawling construction project was valued at hundreds of billions of dollars and described as a Marshall Plan for the region, according to the people familiar with it. Mr. Flynn, as a private citizen before entering the White House, had advised U.S. companies that aimed to provide security for the project.

White House disclosure forms indicate that Mr. Flynn’s year-and-a-half work on the project ended in December 2016, but Mr. Flynn in fact remained involved in the project once he joined the Trump administration in January, discussing the plan and directing his National Security Council staff to meet with the companies involved, the former staffers said.

A lawyer for Mr. Flynn declined to comment, as did a White House spokeswoman.

The former NSC staffers said Mr. Flynn’s contacts with the former military officers were unusual—happening “outside normal channels”—and raised questions among NSC staff about potential conflicts of interest. His actions were “highly abnormal,” and “not the way things were supposed to go,” said one former NSC staff member.

The activity continued even after NSC ethics advisers directed Mr. Flynn to remove himself from the project, former and current officials said.

During his brief tenure in office, Mr. Flynn sought to meet with the former military officers, an administration official said. While the official confirmed a meeting between the former officers and NSC staff did occur, Mr. Flynn “was instructed that it would be inappropriate for him to attend and he did not attend. Whether he did something we don’t know about? We don’t know what we don’t know.”

Now, congressional investigators say they are examining details about Mr. Flynn’s relations with various companies involved in the plan after he joined the Trump administration, as well as any previous travel, contacts with foreign government officials or compensation related to the nuclear project that he failed to disclose.

On Wednesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released correspondence with executives at the companies that Mr. Flynn advised. They confirmed to the committee that he had traveled to the Middle East and met with foreign government officials and foreign business associates in June 2015 to promote the nuclear project.

“It appears that General Flynn violated federal law by omitting this trip and these foreign contacts from his security clearance renewal application in 2016 and concealing them from security clearance investigators who interviewed him as part of the background check process,” wrote Reps. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the oversight committee, and Eliot Engel of New York, the ranking Democrat on the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

To obtain a security clearance, officials are required to disclose foreign travel and contacts, as well as all sources of income, going back several years. Conviction for concealing information from security-clearance investigators can result in criminal penalties of up to five years in prison.

At one point, the nuclear project called for Russian companies to play a key role by providing fuel and taking the power-plant waste, the people said. More recently, the plan became more of an “American initiative,” a person familiar with the project said.

Mr. Flynn was forced to resign in February for failing to disclose his conversations with the Russian ambassador about U.S. sanctions and is now under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, who declined to comment. Mr. Flynn’s lawyer has not commented on the Russia probe.

Committee Democrats said they shared with Mr. Mueller their findings about Mr. Flynn’s travel and work on behalf of the nuclear project.

For the former military officers, the purpose of contact with the NSC was to use Mr. Flynn to “get into the administration” and “make sure the White House was on the same side” as them, said a person familiar with the project.

One of the former military officers said after one meeting with NSC staff that “there’s a lot of interest” in the deal, one of the people familiar with the project said.

Though the nuclear plan had been floated for a number of years, several people familiar with it said its various backers didn’t meet with the Obama administration’s National Security Council members. Typically, such requests were routed to government agencies such as the Commerce Department, former staffers said.

In initial White House disclosure forms, Mr. Flynn stated his relationship with two companies involved in the deal, X-Co Dynamics and IronBridge, but didn’t disclose any payments from them. That relationship spanned about a year and a half and carried through the 2016 presidential campaign and the transition period, when he was advising Mr. Trump. Mr. Flynn said in the forms that the relationship ended in December 2016.

X-Co Dynamics and IronBridge were to provide security for the plants.

Mr. Flynn later amended the form, saying he was paid by a third company in the nuclear venture, ACU Strategic Partners. He didn’t give a specific amount, saying only that it was more than $5,000.

ACU said in a statement to the House oversight committee that Mr. Flynn made a trip to the Middle East on its behalf in June 2015 and that it covered his travel expenses.

Even after Mr. Flynn left the White House, the former military officers continued to push the plan with the administration.

In April, several members of the group met in the White House with Gary Cohn, Mr. Trump’s top economic adviser, and Thomas Barrack Jr. , an adviser and real estate billionaire who helped plan the administration’s May trip to Saudi Arabia.

The companies had lobbied the administration to get the nuclear-plant plan on the trip’s agenda. But the plans weren’t discussed on the trip because of time constraints, an administration official said.

The official acknowledged Mr. Cohn’s participation in the meeting and said his role there was to listen.

"If I did a tenth of what she did, I'd be in jail today"

So... why was Flynn so heavily invested in this?

Same reason he was invested in the US not attacking an ISIS stronghold... he was being paid.

But he did not publicly disclose that backers of the plan had paid him at least $25,000.

$25,000. Fuck. At least when he sold us out to the benefit of ISIS terrorists he was collecting 6 figures from Turkey.

The sprawling construction project was valued at hundreds of billions of dollars and described as a Marshall Plan for the region, according to the people familiar with it. Mr. Flynn, as a private citizen before entering the White House, had advised U.S. companies that aimed to provide security for the project.

For those who don't know what the Marshall Plan was: The Marshall Plan (officially the European Recovery Program, ERP) was an American initiative to aid Western Europe, in which the United States gave over $13 billion (approximately $130 billion in current dollar value as of June 2016) in economic support to help rebuild Western European economies after the end of World War II.

So... why was Flynn so heavily invested in this? and how many people in the WH knew about this if Flynn was sharing this information with U.S. companies?

A group of Republicans just launched a desperate Hail Mary to repeal Obamacare

A group of Republicans just launched a desperate Hail Mary to repeal Obamacare
A group of Republicans just launched a desperate Hail Mary to repeal Obamacare

FTFY: A group of Republicans just launched a PR Stunt to get them re-elected

Another bullshit alternative. Block grants to states so red state governors can use them as they see fit (i.e. policing bathrooms to make sure people pee only in the bathroom the govt approves). Blocking funds from going to planned parenthood. Thanks but no thanks.

FTFY: A group of Republicans just launched a tempting opportunity to ruin healthcare coverage for millions of Americans.

I laughed when 'Blanche' Graham sheepishly looked down as he said that his plan would 'prevent your health decisions being made by some bureaucrat in Washington'.

He was probably thinking:

Are they going to realize that I'm some bureaucrat in Washington trying to make health decisions for them? If I don't look at the camera maybe they can't see right through me?

Mnuchin has no clue how to win on tax reform

Mnuchin has no clue how to win on tax reform

What you mean an investment banker/movie producer doesn't understand the intricacies of Congressional politics with regards to one of the most challenging policies the GOP has?

He did help produce Mad Max: Fury Road though so he may be uniquely qualified to understand a post trump world.

Trump just said a bunch of crazy shit about tax reform.

He bitched about the corporate tax rate and somehow added the "estate tax" as part of corporate taxes.

He later said that "rich people won't benefit" from his plan...but we all know he targeting the estate tax which would only benefit the uber wealthy...

You could have stopped at "has no clue".

Florida sheriff sued for requiring background checks for evacuees trying to enter hurricane shelters.

Florida sheriff sued for requiring background checks for evacuees trying to enter hurricane shelt...

Now a man is suing the Polk County sheriff, saying the statements and deputies' attempts to run background checks at hurricane shelters were unconstitutional and, worse, an unethical attempt to get desperate people to sacrifice their rights for safety....

Judd was managing his department's response to the storm and would not be available for comment, said Scott Wilder, the director of communications for the sheriff's office. But in a Facebook message, Wilder said the people who filed the lawsuit "are lying to you."

"We have not read whatever they say they have filed," the message said. "Whatever it is, it's frivolous and without merit."...

Williams also said the sheriff's statements about sex offenders were an attempt to deflect attention from the thorny constitutional questions his statements raise. There are other, simpler ways to check for sex offenders short of running a criminal-background check, Williams said. Under Florida law, the driver's licenses of people convicted of certain sex offenses have the words "SEXUAL PREDATOR" or another designation printed on them. To identify sex offenders, Judd's deputies would simply have to glance at their driver's licenses.

The only "frivolous and without merit" things I'm reading in this article is coming out of the sheriff's office, seems like a load of shit while they violate rights.

We didn't read what they said but it's bullshit

All people deserve to live. History will not look kindly among those trying to divide us. They will only be remembered as the artifacts of bygone ignorance.

Reminds me of the joke where a stranger comes up and stuns a farmer by talking to his animals. He asks them how their owner treats them. The dog says it's well fed and has plenty of walks. The horse says it has plenty of hay and gets brushed regularly. As the stranger approaches the farmers goat, the farmer jumps up and shouts "THAT GOAT'S A LIAR!"

Dem: Trump firing Comey shows 'consciousness of guilt'

Dem: Trump firing Comey shows 'consciousness of guilt'
Dem: Trump firing Comey shows 'consciousness of guilt'

he admitted it. on television.

"And in fact when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said 'you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won"

Blatant obstruction.

I just realized how absurd it is, what he said. He said, "The accusations are false, it's a made-up story, it's a lie, so I fired the guy who was investigating it, the one guy who was all set to reveal the truth, which is that I'm innocent, so I fired him."

It does seem to show just that. And, as usual, it's the coverup that is likely to provide the "smoking gun."

Which is why Mueller is just going to go after obstruction first to get a criminal out of office. Then, he'll focus on proving that criminal is a traitor.

Trump Election Commissioner Sought to Exclude Democrats and “Mainstream Republicans”

Trump Election Commissioner Sought to Exclude Democrats and “Mainstream Republicans”
Trump Election Commissioner Sought to Exclude Democrats and “Mainstream Republicans”

Months before the Trump administration announced the creation of a controversial commission to examine the country’s voting systems, one future commissioner sent an email that was forwarded to Attorney General Jeff Sessions recommending that the commission exclude Democrats and “mainstream Republican officials and/or academics.”

The email was sent on February 22 by Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation, a former Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration known for his efforts to impose new restrictions on voting. In it, von Spakovsky warned that Democrats would get in the way of efforts to crack down on voter fraud—an issue that commissioners have sought to portray as a major threat, but which in reality is exceedingly rare.

They (the fraudulent commission) know their end goal and don't want silly things like "facts" or "the constitution" to get in their way.

recommending that the commission exclude Democrats and “mainstream Republican officials and/or academics.

This is all so cartoonishly, absurdly authoritarian that I sometimes seriously have trouble recognizing that this is actually the world I live in.

Democrats would get in the way of efforts to crack down on voter fraud increase voter suppression and gerrymandering.

Congress Dares Trump to Condemn White Supremacists

Congress Dares Trump to Condemn White Supremacists

Trump won't do it because he's coordinating with Russia to organize racists as part of his base. Russia is hosting a Richard Spencer event in Hungary this month. Spencer's wife is a high level Russian operative.

Meet the Moscow Mouthpiece Married to a Racist Alt-Right Boss

there are some very fine people on the side wearing the white hoods and waving the nazi flags

I think it's pretty obvious what Trump will do... he'll wait a week or two, then sign it. The white supremacists understand that he can't endorse them, so they realize that any extra time between condemnation of their actions is a wink and a nod.

It takes seconds to sign it. All this play acting just means he's back to his con man routine, lies, hope people forget, distraction.

Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All Bill

Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All Bill

His plan on paying for it:

https://www.sanders.senate.gov/download/options-to-finance-medicare-for-all?inline=file

Don't have time to read the whole thing right now but this jumped out at me:

Businesses would save over $9,000 [annually] in health care costs for the average employee under this option

Business friendly!

Not to mention the employers' reduction in paperwork and administration.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders just tried to make the point that America doesn't want Medicare for All because Bernie didn't win the primary and presidency...#Infuriating

Republicans want govt out of our lives, however, we NEED govt in our lives, that's why we aren't eating lead in our food. That's why we have sanitary hospitals when we need surgery. That's why we have seat belts that saves lives.

Senator Sanders News Conference on Medicare for All

Senator Sanders News Conference on Medicare for All

Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.

I think one of the democrats' main issues is its lack of branding. Trump had a number of very easy to remember slogans that came along with his campaign: lock her up, build the wall, deport the illegals, muslim ban, repeal and replace, MAGA, etc. Even though they were terrible policy, it was effective during his campaign.

Clinton, on the other hand, lacked this type of branding for her plans, despite how detailed they were. This is why I think promoting something short and sweet like "Medicare for All" is a pretty good plan. It's something anyone can understand and it sticks in the head.

Even though with this congress it has no chance of passing, I like that Sanders and the other 15 cosponsors are pushing this. I think a rallying cry like Medicare for All will help in a lot of the midterms and is certainly where we are headed in the healthcare debate. This is coming from someone who preferred Clinton for the record.

Bernie is gonna live forever.

Damn Bernie! Let em have it!

Sen. Orrin Hatch introduces a medical marijuana research bill in a statement packed with pot puns

Sen. Orrin Hatch introduces a medical marijuana research bill in a statement packed with pot puns
Sen. Orrin Hatch introduces a medical marijuana research bill in a statement packed with pot puns

It's high time to address research into medical marijuana," Hatch said in a statement. "Our country has experimented with a variety of state solutions without properly delving into the weeds on the effectiveness, safety, dosing, administration, and quality of medical marijuana. All the while, the federal government strains to enforce regulations that sometimes do more harm than good. To be blunt, we need to remove the administrative barriers preventing legitimate research into medical marijuana, which is why I've decided to roll out the MEDS Act."

This is some pretty good shit.

Wait. Is this legit? Orrin "Skeletor" Hatch, number 3 in the chain of succession and super republican, introducing a pro pot law?

Just enjoy the puns, man.

Hes probably noticed all the revenue my state is reaping while UT relies on sales of self-help books. (see Stephen R. Covey)

Try one of these subthreads