Michael Flynn’s name was not masked to protect his identity in transcripts of his calls with a Russian ambassador that had been given to President Barack Obama and numerous other top officials in his administration, recently released documents point out.
Details about the calls, together with Flynn’s name, were leaked to the media within days, setting off a series of events that cost the 33-year Army Lt. general his job as National Security Adviser, millions of dollars in legal fees, and years of his life that he’ll never get back.
Richard Grenell, the acting Director of National Intelligence, on May 13, released a list of officials who made unmasking requests between November 8, 2016, and Jan. 31, 2017, that may have revealed Flynn’s identity.
Here’s where it gets interesting.
There were 49 requests, however, none of them took place between December 29, 2016, and January. 4, 2017.
These dates are vitally important because it was on December 29, 2016, when Flynn spoke on the phone with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and asked for Moscow not to escalate the problem with the sanctions Obama put on Russia just to appear like he was being tough on them for election hacking.
So, there was no unmasking request made for that phone call. Interesting.
While January 4 was the date the FBI was to stand down its counterintelligence investigation of Flynn as a result of not establishing any “derogatory” information about him, then head of the FBI’s counterintelligence operations, the fired and disgraced Peter Strzok scrambled that day to get the probe to stay open. Fired and disgraced former FBI director James Comey later instructed the House Intelligence Committee that the probe was kept open after the FBI obtained Flynn’s calls with Kislyak relating to the sanctions.
Then Director of National Intelligence and known liar to Congress James Clapper asked for copies from Comey and then he briefed Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with Obama’s senior staff concerning the calls, Comey said.
Comey stated the calls had been “turned up … at the end of December, beginning of January.” Okay.
Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper requested copies from Comey and then briefed Obama, his Vice President Joe Biden, and Obama’s senior staff about the calls, Comey said. Okay, so then how did they get the call if there was no unmasking requested? Remember, Comey said they already had the call at the end of December. How?
Clapper denied that he briefed Obama concerning the calls, however, Obama’s Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates informed the FBI that Obama mentioned the calls during a meeting on January 5. Yates said that she didn’t know how Obama learned about the calls.
McCabe described how the transcripts came to be as, “They came up, we found them through an effort, without getting into too long of an explanation—in an effort to respond to a tasking from [REDACTED] and so the results of what we found were communicated to the Agency, who I think had the pen on that response.”
Who is [REDACTED]?
Okay, here’s the payload!
Since no unmasking requests involving Flynn had been made between the time the Kislyak calls happened and when the FBI had the transcripts with Flynn’s name unmasked, it seems his name was never masked to start with.
If no intelligence report was produced based on the Kislyak calls, it would suggest the FBI distributed the raw intercepts, probably in transcript form. But that’s not what happened.
Obama ordered the surveillance on Kislyak, and who tasked the FBI with finding the call?
Kislyak probably makes hundreds of calls a day. He’s an ambassador, that’s what he does. How many people do you think Kislyak called in the Dominican Republic that day?
Andrew McCabe said that they picked up the call on order by [REDACTED]. Was the person’s name under that redaction Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who was ordered by Obama? If the name of the redaction turns out to be Lynch, holy crap is come down, because the president is the only one who could order the AG to do something like that.
Obama ordered the surveillance on Kislyak, but he was really spying on Flynn.
Here’s the kicker. We established that on December 29, 2016, Flynn received a call from Kislyak, the Russian ambassador. At the time, Flynn was on vacation in the Dominican Republic. It was right after the election, and people took a little time off to relax, before coming back to help with the transition phase.
What else happened on December 29, 2016, while Flynn was in a foreign country on vacation where he said his Blackberry wasn’t working right that day, and the Dominican Republic isn’t exactly known for secure cell towers? Oh, that’s right. Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats from Maryland and New York, supposedly in retaliation for hacking the election, knowing that the Russian ambassador would call the incoming National Security Advisor.
Okay, but why would he do that? Because the President may make an unmasking request, and it doesn’t have to appear in the list of other unmasking requests. This means that Barack Obama made the unmasking request on General Flynn, then kicked out Russian diplomats on the day Flynn was on vacation and out of the country, knowing the Russian ambassador would call Flynn to talk to him about what Obama did, and Obama had it set up that the phone conversation would be surveilled.
Since there’s no record of any unmasking requests made for that phone call from Kislyak to Flynn on December 29, 2016, and there was no FISA warrant for spying on Flynn, and no criminal warrant of any kind, then the only way they could have gotten a recording of that call was by the president having his people record the call and Obama then ordered the unmasking Flynn through [REDACTED] that we believe is Loretta Lynch.
So, we have an abuse of power by the Obama administration done to create a narrative of Russian collusion to setup the incoming National Security Advisor ordered by the President of the United States.
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