A recent bombshell report reveals that Trump’s disgraced national security adviser Michael Flynn rabidly lobbied the Obama administration on behalf of Turkey to halt a military operation that wasn’t on the liking of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğgan.
Flynn ‘Foreign Agent’ for the Turks
In other words, before Trump fired him, Flynn had already done Turkey a huge favor despite working for the U.S. government. Weeks after his firing, he admitted that he worked as a “foreign agent” for Turkey. However, his services were not cheap – he reportedly received a $500,000 payment for his effort.
Ten days before Trump was inaugurated, the decision Flynn had lobbied for was already taken. The Obama administration’s initial plan was to purge the capital of Raqqa of ISIS terrorists with help from Syrian Kurdish forces. While the U.S. Defense Department considered those troops the most effective allies in the region, Turkey opposed the plan. Flynn reportedly asked Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice to postpone the mission several months.
Congressmen Smell Treason
Turkey hailed the decision as it is against a coalition with Kurdish forces. It is unclear if Flynn acted by himself or he got help from Jim Mattis. Days after the success, there was a meeting between Flynn and the Turkish foreign minister to discuss the U.S.-Turkey relationships.
Congress is now zooming in on the legality of such an intervention on behalf of a foreign government by a U.S. official. Some congressmen are suggesting ‘treason’ is the most appropriate term to describe the situation. Flynn, however, could have lobbied on behalf of other foreign states on many other occasions. So, it is unclear how many other key military decisions were his work. Nonetheless, Flynn was akey player in both administrations since Trump himself urged the FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into him.
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