Sens. 'Concerned' Surveillance Of Trump Preceded Crossfire Hurricane

Clay Curtis
May 24, 2020

"From a national security perspective, Comey said he does have some concerns that incoming NSA Flynn is speaking frequently with Russian Ambassador [Sergei] Kislyak". During that interview, Flynn allegedly lied about two December 2016 contacts with Russia's then-ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

The email notably reflects former President Barack Obama himself saying matters should be conducted "by the book", which then-FBI Director James Comey affirmed.

On Jan. 20 2017 - the day of President Trump's inauguration - Susan Rice wrote an email to herself describing an Oval Office meeting that occurred 15 days earlier, in which top officials in the outgoing Obama administration discussed surveillance that captured conversations of Rice's incoming successor, Michael Flynn.

Intelligence veterans said the notes depicted the extraordinarily sensitive nature of an investigation into a newly inaugurated president's highest-profile national security aide.

During the briefing, Obama clarified that it was imperative that the issue was "handled by the Intelligence and law enforcement "by the book".

Obama asked Comey if he was saying the National Security Council should not share sensitive intelligence about Russian Federation with Flynn, to which Comey replied: "Potentially".

Names in the declassified report of White House officials targeting Flynn include top intelligence chiefs, including Obama CIA Director John Brennan, Obama Department of National Intelligence Director James Clapper, former Obama Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, and former Vice President Joe Biden.

US intelligence intercepts had already picked up communications between Flynn and Kislyak.

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"The president stressed that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective", she continued.

Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition period, but the Justice Department says its own review of the case determined that there was an insufficient basis for agents to have interviewed Flynn in the first place and that any statements he made to agents were therefore not relevant to the underlying investigation into ties between Russia and Donald Trump's presidential campaign. The amount of communication between Kislyak and Flynn was, according to Comey, "unusual".

But it has been previously reported that Obama warned Trump not to hire Flynn months before the meetin, and that Trump proceeded anyway.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who was appointed by Obama, declined to immediately dismiss the case, instead appointing a retired judge to advise him on whether Flynn should face a perjury charge. No defense lawyer for General Flynn has been allowed to hear the recording or see the transcript.

Trump fired Flynn less than one month into his administration, initially saying he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Kislyak.

Trump "has by no means felt like Wray was his man" and doesn't belief him to "change the tradition" on the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a supply informed the outlet. USA citizens have their names blacked out in such reports, although certain officials have the authority to unseal the information.

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