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#1 Nemesis

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 01:47 PM

FBI has Flynn on lying about ties to Israel, not Russia

 

 

Date of publication: 02 12 2017, 16:36

 

 

 

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National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Gen. Raymond A. “Tony” Thomas, U.S. Special Operations Command Commander, at MacDill, AFB, FL, Feb. 6, 2017. Flynn is in MacDill to join the President who’s visiting senior military leaders and service members of Central Command and Special Operations Command. (DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen/Released)

 

By Ali Abunimah 

 

 

Former US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn entered a guilty plea Friday to lying about efforts by the incoming Trump administration to help Israel avoid censure at the UN Security Council over its illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land.

 

Yet several major US media outlets were initially silent about the Israeli connection.

 

Flynn appeared in federal court in Washington to admit that he lied about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador last December, in the weeks before Donald Trump took the oath of office.

 

The single count charges that Flynn lied to federal investigators about two conversations; in the first, on 22 December, Flynn asked the Russian envoy to delay or defeat the UN Security Council vote condemning Israel’s settlements.

 

In the second conversation, a week later, Flynn had asked the Russian government to refrain from retaliating harshly to sanctions imposed by the Obama administration – an act, ironically, that would benefit the United States.

 

According to the charge sheet, Flynn made false statements to the FBI about these conversations during questioning on 24 January 2017, days after Trump took office and Flynn was already National Security Adviser.

 

Flynn’s guilty plea is a result of the ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, the former FBI director appointed by the Department of Justice in May to lead a broad investigation sparked by allegations of ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

 

Flynn’s plea is widely taken as an indication that he is cooperating with Mueller, and that he may provide evidence against other targets of the investigation.

 

Collusion with Israel

 

The Trump transition team’s effort to halt the UN resolution was unsuccessful. It passed with no opposition on 23 December, after the Obama administration declined to cast a veto.

 

Flynn’s plea adds to the mounting evidence of Trump’s collusion with Israel to shield it from accountability for its violations of international law.

 

Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump’s son-in-law and Middle East peace envoy Jared Kushner was being probed by Mueller over contacts with Israeli officials aimed at thwarting the UN vote.

 

In October, Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos also pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in the course of the Mueller investigation.

 

While Papadopoulos is a far more junior figure than Flynn, he had championed Israeli settlers during an April 2016 visit to Israel. Papadopoulos’ remarks impressed one Israeli right-wing observer that “Trump has somewhat of a prism on world affairs, and that there are some reasonably informed people trying to advise him.”

 

Media silence

 

Yet despite the clear signs that Trump’s consistent concern seemed to be advancing Israeli, rather than Russian, interests, the focus in US mainstream media has barely paid attention to the collusion with Benjamin Netanyahu’s government.

 

Reports on the websites of NPRCNN and CBS about Flynn’s plea seen by The Electronic Intifada on Friday morning initially made no mention of Israel at all. CBS and CNN later added information about Flynn’s role in trying to thwart the UN resolution vote.

 

NBC and The New York Times mentioned Israel in their reports, respectively in the tenth and eighth paragraphs.

 

To its credit, NBC noted that “Flynn, while not yet in office, was trying to get the Russians to do what Israel wanted, and thus undercut US policy.”

 

Citing sources briefed on the inquiry, The New York Times reported that Mueller’s investigators “have learned through witnesses and documents that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel asked the Trump transition team to lobby other countries to help Israel.”

 

“Investigators have learned that Mr. Flynn and Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, took the lead in those efforts,” the newspaper states, adding that “Mueller’s team has emails that show Mr. Flynn saying he would work to kill the vote.”

 

Other contacts?

 

On Twitter, CNN’s Jim Sciutto, citing an FBI statement, pointed out that Flynn contacted the Russians “after being asked by a senior Trump transition official to find out how foreign governments stood on the coming UN Security Council resolution about Israel.”

 

That indicates that Flynn might well have been in touch with other Security Council members, not just Russia.

 

Yet despite this, the overwhelming focus remains on alleged collusion with Russia. The obvious Israeli connection has not garnered the same obsessive attention from liberal politicians and pundits who have jumped on every “Russiagate” allegation of “collusion” no matter how dubious or fictional.

 

Long-time media observer Sam Husseini of the Institute for Public Accuracy noted the discrepancy, observing in a tweet that it is “Funny how [the] Israeli press is highlighting Flynn apparently lying to help Israel more than [the] US press.”

 

 

 

 

 

https://en.news-fron...ael-not-russia/


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#2 RobertD

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Posted 03 December 2017 - 12:37 PM

I duly retweeted it on my time line.
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#3 Nemesis

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 05:11 PM

I cannot believe this big news is being ignored.  Hmmmm, very strange.


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#4 Nemesis

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 05:11 PM

I duly retweeted it on my time line.

 

 

Good, seems you're the only one on the ball here.


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Posted 04 December 2017 - 07:46 PM

FBI also has Trump tweeting that he knew Flynn had lied a long time ago, probably when he was trying to get Comey not to go after Flynn, with Trump's dumb lawyer now claiming that he wrote the tweet.

 

The writing is on the WALL. :D


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#6 Nemesis

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 09:24 AM

And then the other shoe dropped, and the American farce continues at the Trump White House -

 

 

https://on.rt.com/8tre

 

HILLARY CLINTON'S "MEGA-DONOR" SABAN THANKS KUSHNER FOR LOBBYING ON BEHALF OF ISRAEL

 

 

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor - and the man who allegedly ordered Gen. Michael Flynn’s “collusion” calls to Russia - has appeared at pro-Israeli donor Haim Saban’s event where he has been thanked for his lobbying on behalf of Israel.

 

Speaking at the three-day conference, prominent Clinton Foundation donor Saban thanked Kusher for “taking steps to try and get the UN Security Council to not go along with what ended up being an abstention by the US against a 50-year-old tradition.”

 

The multibillionaire was referring to Flynn’s admission that he had been told to ask Russia to delay a December 2016 UN Security Council vote on Israeli settlements. It has since been reported that Flynn was acting on Kushner’s orders, and that Israeli officials had contacted Trump’s team to ask for their help to veto the resolution, Reuters reports.

 

Kushner allegedly told Flynn to lobby multiple countries on behalf of Israel, which included speaking to then-Russian UN Ambassador Sergei Kislyak.

 

The efforts failed and the UN voted to pass a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements being built on Palestinian land in which the outgoing Obama administration abstained, rather than its usual vetoing.

 

For more, see... https://on.rt.com/8tre

 

WHY IS THIS MAN NOT CHARGED WITH TREASON?

 

ALTZAR: Imagine if another senior White House official in another White House were openly lobbying on behalf of a foreign country. All hell would break loose. Just like it did this year over a mere ALLEGATION that Russia was meddling in US affairs.

 

Such a person might even be arrested, not just for "collusion" with a foreign power, but for treason. After all, the President has sworn to protect and defend the US Constitution. Which means his White House staff are also obligated to do the same when he swears them in.

 

Here's what the Oath of Allegiance requires even of every new American citizen, let alone those born in this country:

 

"... I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same;" etc.

(see https://en.wikipedia.org/…/Oath_of_Allegiance_(United_State…

 

Evidently that's not the case in the Trump White House. Israel comes first, United States second. Maybe. Perhaps after they first run that by the Saudi king, too.

 

Not only is nepotism blatantly rampant at the Trump White House, but serving the interests of a foreign country also seems acceptable. As long as that foreign country is not Russia, I suppose. Or Russia's allies.

 

O tempora, o mores... ("The times we live in..."), Lat.)

 

As Glenn Greenwald, the famous British journalist who broke the Snowden story, put it in his today's tweet:

 

"Again, the obvious intended beneficiary of the Kushner-directed calls made by Flynn to Russia (and every other UN Security Council member) was Israel, not Russia. And, at least in this case, Kushner was "colluding" with Netanyahu, not Putin."

(see https://goo.gl/DHV9yG).

 

 

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#7 Agent D

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 02:05 AM

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I believe this list and the claim that they hold dual citizenship is either a mistake or an intentional lie. It appears to have been taken from lists of Jews (by what standard is not clear) in government, e.g. as found here: http://jewishcurrent...112th-congress/


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#8 Ivan88

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 08:00 AM

Why should anyone care about some one being accused of lying in Washington DC?  

It would be news if they found 1 honest person there.

 

Thanks, Nemesis for list of double dealing politicians wallowing on con artist grease.

And these same folks scream loudly about imaginary "Russian interference in US" demonocracy.


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