From The Archives: Obama Administration Confirms "No Problem" With Flynn Contacting Foreign Officials

As we detailed yesterday, ABC was forced to retract an epic mistake in their reporting that claimed contact between Trump staff (Flynn) and Russian officials 'druing the campaign' - correcting it to point out that it was in fact 'during the transition'.

President Trump tweeted his perspective, confirming the new 'facts' from ABC...

CNN were quick to mock the White House for saying that the Obama administration approved Flynn's contacts (and found someone all too eager to go on TV and attack their claims)... (via The Hill)

The White House said on Friday that it was the Obama administration that authorized former national security adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during President Trump's transition, according to CNN.

 

Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Kislyak in the month before Trump took office, the first current or former Trump White House official brought down by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's election meddling.

 

James Clapper, who served as the Director of National Intelligence under Obama, said that the claim that the Obama administration authorized Flynn's contacts with Kislyak was "absurd," adding that the administration was concerned by the communications at the time.

“That’s absurd. That’s absolutely absurd," Clapper said on CNN.

 

Confused yet?

So, given all the confusion, here is a clarifying source free of all possible bias - the Obama administration's State Department - confirming Trump and Flynn's story, and crushing Clapper's continued lies...from the archives:

Transcript for the hard of hearing:

REPORTER: "This building [the Obama State Department] doesn't see anything necessarily inapprorpiate in contact between members of the incoming [Trump] administration and foreign officials, no matter what country they're from?"

 

OBAMA STATE DEPT SPOKESPERSON: "No, no...and again this has been ongoing. We have no problem with them doing such on their own."

Well, that's going to ruin a few talking points for tomorrow's Sunday morning political shows.

Comments

dirty fingernails Pandelis Sat, 12/02/2017 - 17:59 Permalink

Why would they want Trump out? Sure some do, but that's  always true of every administration and every official. Trump is now playing ball and mostly sticking to the script he's  given. It was rocky at first, but now he's  learned to be a good boy. *Somebody* had to get charged by Mueller. Flynn was low hanging fruit.

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philipat knukles Sat, 12/02/2017 - 18:37 Permalink

The details are murky, and of course crickets in the MSM, but there seems to be quite the counter-coup (perhaps not so soft) against the see-aye-aye taking place at present? There appears to be some sort of internecine struggle underway at various levels and not only directed at Trump. And excuse me if I am wrong but I had assumed it was the responsibility of Administrations, both in and incoming, to engage in dialogue with their foreign counterparts, particularly those involved with priority issues such as ISIS (Although, of course, the Deep State created and sustained ISIS but, nonetheless, the foreign policy charade was in play and had to be perpetuated for the good of the MIC).Incidentally, did you notice that last week the Dims quitly introduced Michael (a/k/a the gorilla in heels) as their next candidate.Where the fuck is Sessions?

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dirty fingernails knukles Sat, 12/02/2017 - 19:04 Permalink

Soft coup? Nope. The junta is in control of the WH. There is a struggle going on, but I suspect it's due to the American empire collapsing as we speak and different factions fighting over the course of action they each push. Some clearly want total war, others want the failed regime change, some want economic war, and others are pushing various other strategies. The DC chaos today is restructuring of the power pyramid after the junta stepped in to guide Trump who was in WAY over his head in shark infested waters.

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hongdo Billy the Poet Sat, 12/02/2017 - 17:47 Permalink

Flynn was (is) stupid. He lied about telling a lie.   I bet the pressure was from something else.   Collapses like a deck chair.  He could learn from Hillary - never admit anything, never remember anything, never give in, change the subject, makeup a strawman.  Wonder how he made general.   Now Clapper is a lying champ and knows how to do it properly.

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Escrava Isaura hongdo Sat, 12/02/2017 - 17:50 Permalink

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Flynn wasn’t negotiating as a diplomat as I understood. He was getting paid by third parties and not disclosing it.  

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BobEore Billy the Poet Sat, 12/02/2017 - 20:12 Permalink

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO..... mIKeY has not 'been charged' with influence peddling, working as an unregistered agent of a foreign power, or participating in a conspiracy to circumvent merikan legal procedure by discussing an 'extraordinary rendition' and the rather rich paycheck which would have gone with it...

yet. Because THAT step is not required - in order to produce the desired conclusion to his sordid role in the STAGED controversy of 'PR-USSIA-GATE... AKA that battle to tattle ...

hardest and mostest, between the competing wings of the ONEMEDIA who work hand in hand to built up the fake news storylines which keep THE TERMINALLY CONFUSED - CONFUSED.

In the real world of intelligence/espionage/entrapment...
a specialty of the TURCO-SRAELI secret alliance SINCE THE 1990s... \as detailed by the non-complicit media -
https://storify.com/SuaveBel/fez-kippah-come-together

dupes are SET UP from the start of a carefully planned operation... to be exploitable in a double jeopardy fashion... enticed into cooperating in the role set for them, AND at the same time, unwittingly cornering themselves in a complicity with crime that will be used against them as pressure to do whatever their 'operators' wish them to. As has worked PERFECTLY with Flynn.

No more 'stupid' than your average merikan... or more specifically, than your average merikan retired military 'HER0', looking for the appropriate off the books reward for all those years of 'service'... ximply 'greedy' he be,

MIKEY smelled the cheese dangled from a string hald by an operative reporting to a "white house' in Ankara - be our man in the 'white house' in DC... and we will 'look after you' - and bit

fast n furious. Tbe Turks... themselves on the hook, after falling for the same scam - as reported by the non-fake news media -
https://storify.com/SuaveBel/smoke-on-the-water

in turn, turned over the clownfish to HQ in the s e Med... who had arranged already - via THEIR operative in the WH...
a Chabad dually with a family tie to the orange-haired guy ...

to have Flynns' fingers toasted slowly over the hot coals of bein an 'unregistered agent'... of Turkey... and having to quickly resign his new position... to be held in DEEP STORAGE for the right moment, which is pretty much now.

The role of Russia in all this farce? Simply to keep the spotlight offa the main events taking place behind scenes...

a classic power play of international intrigue - by which the RUSSO-SRAELI mafiya tightens it's grip on WHITE HOUSES... kremlins... sheetntowel wearing Gremlins ... fake Mussie Persians, and all the rest - east n west - in ANOTHER 'ONE RING TO BIND THEM' production...

complete with minor roles for a rabble of sockpuppets/fanbouys/dupes o the $power, and other mind-wipe roadkill warriors as appear on the screen now before ye's... 24/7! A Taldmudists' "heaven" ... \\and incipient hell - for everybody else//

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Billy the Poet BobEore Sat, 12/02/2017 - 21:15 Permalink

tl;drYou do know that Hillary admits to paying for a dossier which was sourced from Kremlin officials with which she hoped to sway the election, don't you?Until you can explain why it's perfectly acceptable for Hillary to collude with the Russians there's no point in discussing unproven accusations that Trump colluded with Russians.

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BobEore Billy the Poet Sat, 12/02/2017 - 21:32 Permalink

He hehe...

that's it? That's all ya got Billy? Defective readin n comprehension skills on public display... as an attempted rebuttal to the truth laid out in such stark n simple fashion ans to allow even your

typical blind monkey n friends to grok it?

After dismissing the whole smokescreen of "turnip-patch cludin wit the ussians" for what it is... a psy op designed to take the spotlight away from where it belongs - and the fake news mediaz fear it will inevitably go -

and kindly reprising for ya the way that no dirty shirt hangin makes any other dirty shirt look cleaner...

ya still haven't got more than "hillary" left in your bag o ticks n headbangin tricks huh Billy?

Hang em up kid. Yu done done/like Mike. Time to vote yurself up/vote me down... n go home son - yu know the drill

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Racin Rabitt hongdo Sat, 12/02/2017 - 18:01 Permalink

Ignorance of legal procedure is not corruption. It's merely just the kind of thing that the system relies on to accomplish things. Otherwise, they'd have to do actual investigation and run things down. That's too much like work. And if you think legalists go into that business because they like working, I have a bridge you can buy. Pick your favorite. I'll make you a great deal!

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swmnguy hongdo Sat, 12/02/2017 - 18:25 Permalink

Flynn pled guitly to lying to the FBI.  Flynn's talking to the Russians was not, in and of itslef, unlawful in any way.  So it's weird that he would have lied.  That of course suggests that there is more to this than has been currently disclosed.Of course Flynn has a record of lying and getting caught.  He lied about working on behalf of the Turkish government and getting paid for that, too.Mueller is a lot of things but stupid isn't one of them.  He knows there's no smoking gun of Russians stealing the 2016 election.  But he has to wonder why certain people have told so many lies about talking to the Russians, if it's all above-board.  Manafort, Kushner, DJT Jr., Flynn father and son; why would they all be lying about talking to the Russians?Whatever they're lying to protect and conceal is what Mueller is going after now.

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Escrava Isaura Billy the Poet Sat, 12/02/2017 - 18:12 Permalink

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We’ll find out. Personally, I have no idea where this investigation will lead to. But, if Trump gets impeached he won’t resign, in my opinion. And the Republicans might stick with him in a do-or-die in the 2018 elections. But, we have to wait.     

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Escrava Isaura Billy the Poet Sun, 12/03/2017 - 06:03 Permalink

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It makes perfect sense, and here’s why. But, first, as I said, we’ll find out, because I have no idea where this investigation will lead to. And I hate to speculate, because I learned that the truth is always different. Second, it makes perfect sense because Trump is about to learn two lessons that are: 1) His ‘conservative’ identity politics and propaganda is as corrupted, dishonest, and dysfunctional, probably even more so, than the liberal that his despise. Or proclaiming to despise, because Trump was one of the biggest beneficiary of neoliberal (dollar financial strangulation) and neoconservative (brutal force) when the financial strangulation doesn’t work. 2) That you can insult your construction tradesman and people that work for you and get away with; but, do that to the Democratic Party, which is half of US power, you’ll pay a price.    

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Billy the Poet hongdo Sat, 12/02/2017 - 18:10 Permalink

Having been head of DIA Flynn would have been aware that any conversations he had were already known. Add that to the fact that these conversations were not illegal and were sanctioned by the Obama administration. What was there for him to lie about?The only explanation left is that the FBI and a powerful grand jury made it clear to Flynn that he had to cop to a procedural matter or get tied up in a shit show of epic proportions. Word is he's already losing his home and it's more than obvious that the Deep State could crush him like a bug if they wanted to do so.I suspect that Trump would have helped him if he could back in January. The one thing to take away here is Pence's role in taking Flynn down. Was he railroaded as well or is he just another millstone around Trump's neck?

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hongdo Racin Rabitt Sat, 12/02/2017 - 18:01 Permalink

Absolutely.  Agree to answer questions but on your own turf in your lawyers office and with a tape recorder going.  The FBI will decline to question if recorded.  Look at the way the Clinton's do it - off the record with no transcript.It is good to get 3 things over with early in life so you don't panic later in life when there is more pressure:  get fired or laid off, get arrested, and testify in court.

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FoggyWorld Racin Rabitt Sat, 12/02/2017 - 18:21 Permalink

Flynn didn't go to law school and to that the legal bills apparently became overwhelming.  His house is for sale and Mueller may well have threatened to go after Flynn's son.  He didn't seem to get any support of any kind from the Administration which knew what was going on because the legal bills for Donald Trump, Jr. amounted to $200,000 for next to no purpose.  Dad, though, paid that tab.Former military guys as a rule aren't wealthy and it appears that this was the best chance Flynn had to protect his family.  I don't think he wilted but was smart enough to know when to call it quits.

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Koba the Dread chunga Sat, 12/02/2017 - 19:01 Permalink

Of course there is a remedy to Mueller. He can be fired. Richard Nixon did that to Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox in 1973. Unfortunately for Nixon, the political fallout from the firing turned much of the country against him.I think Trump could order AG Sessions to fire Mueller and avoid the political disaster that Cox's firing precipitated. Nixon was already cooked politically prior to Cox's firing. Trump is not. Trump's biggest problem is Jeff Sessions himself (as was Nixon's problem with his AG, Eliot Richardson, a Boston brahmin who already loathed the southern Californina mafia environment that spawned Nixon in the first place).At this point, Trump is obviously just trying to ride out the storm (a tempest in a teapot really).

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