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Intelligence officials reportedly knew Flynn could be exposed to extort but still shared supportive information with him

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Senior officials at the FBI, the CIA, the Office of the Director
of National Intelligence, and the Department of Justice knew as
early as Jan that former inhabitant confidence confidant Michael
Flynn could have been exposed to Russian blackmail,
The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Despite officials’ believe of the risks compared with Flynn,
The Times said, he continued to lay in on meetings during which
President Donald Trump was briefed on supportive intelligence.

It is misleading either CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who The Times
pronounced briefed Trump on comprehension while Flynn sat nearby, was
wakeful of officials’ concerns about Flynn.

When lawmakers asked Pompeo during a Senate Intelligence
Committee conference either he was arcane to concerns regarding
Flynn, Pompeo did not answer. “I can’t answer approbation or no,” Pompeo
said. “I bewail that I’m incompetent to do so.” One administration
executive told The Times that Pompeo did not send any doubts
surrounding Flynn to Trump.

Flynn has been a executive impression in congressional and FBI
investigations into Russian division during the 2016 election
and either the Trump campaign played a role. He was forced to
renounce as inhabitant confidence confidant in February, with the White
House observant he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about
contacts he had with Russia’s envoy to the US, Sergey

After his resignation, it emerged that Sally Yates, then the
behaving profession general, had
warned the White House on Jan 26 that Flynn could be
theme to extort from the Russians since US intelligence
agencies knew Pence had publicly mischaracterized interactions
Flynn had with Kislyak. Flynn did not renounce until February
13, which was 18 days after Yates sensitive the Trump
administration of her concerns.

Later, it was reported that
Flynn had sensitive the Trump transition group in early January
that he was under FBI review for unwell to register as a
unfamiliar lobbyist when he supposing services to the Turkish
government. He had relayed the information to Don McGahn, a
member of the transition group who now serves as White House
counsel. Yates, too, testified before the Senate Judiciary
Committee that she had sensitive McGahn first about concerns that
Flynn could be compromised.

Yates pronounced that in response to her concerns, McGahn asked her
during a assembly the next day, “Why does it matter to DOJ if one
White House executive lies to another White House official?”

Following Flynn’s resignation, a slew of media reports raised
serve questions about either he had disregarded the law. His
lawyer, Robert Kelner, pronounced Flynn was peaceful to attest before
FBI and congressional investigators in the ongoing Russia
investigations in sell for immunity. Lawmakers have not taken
him up on that proposal.

Last month, Flynn was
subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee and asked to
spin over papers associated to his contacts with Russian
officials. Flynn’s counsel pronounced his client dictated to
plead his Fifth Amendment rights in response to the
subpoenas, but a person close to Flynn after pronounced the former
inhabitant confidence confidant would
concur with the demands. In early June, Flynn
incited over 600 pages of papers to the Senate intelligence

Flynn and his lobbying firm, Flynn Intel Group, were also

subpoenaed by the House Intelligence Committee.

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