Donald Trump’s cabinet appears to be taking shape and is already under scrutiny for picks such as white nationalist and anti-Semite, Steve Bannon, war monger Rudy Giuliani and all around lunatic former Texas Governor, Rick Perry. While the thought of those men helping to run the free world is as disturbing as it gets, this newest report about likely National Security Adviser Michael Flynn should scare the crap out of you.
Retired Lt. General Michael Flynn, now famous for his book Field of Fight, which is a highly criticized book about beating what he considers to be “Radical Islam” and its allies, has been tapped as the new National Security Adviser to Donald Trump.
During Trump’s campaign, Flynn stayed close to Trump’s side. He was once under consideration to be picked as Vice President, but when Pence was chosen, Flynn remained with the campaign and began receiving intel briefings over the summer.
While it is not unusual for possible cabinet members to receive classified briefings, a man like Flynn, who owns a company called Flynn Intel Group, which specializes in providing “all-source intelligence support” to foreign clients, should NOT be privy to these types of briefings.
Flynn released a statement Thursday:
“If I return to government service, my relationship with my company will be severed, in accordance with the policy announced by President-elect Trump.”
Critics consider Flynn’s pledge to be “too little, too late.” Former Ethics Adviser to President Obama Norm Eisen had this to say:
“This is profoundly troubling and should be disqualifying.”
Eisen goes on to say that if Trump picks Lt. Gen. Flynn as his Security adviser, “there will be wholesale resignations of national security professionals, and I believe some have already drafted their resignation letters.”
This criticism of Flynn surfaced on the very day that Trump’s so-called transition team put out a new conflict of interest policy that requires “all members of the transition team to sever their relationships with lobbying clients and, if they join the administration, forswear lobbying for five years after ending their government service. It does not apply to past lobbying contracts.”
If Flynn’s continued business with foreign clients while receiving intel from the U.S. Government isn’t a conflict of interest, I don’t know what is.
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