What did the President know and when did he know it? This antiquated question has already been applied to the situation with the Trump team’s connections to Russia, and it’s now relevant again.
According to a new report from the New York Times, the Trump team knew that former presidential National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was under federal investigation before he got taken on as NSA.
That’s right; whereas in the past, the Trump administration has claimed ignorance as its defense over hiring Michael Flynn, that defense has now been (unsurprisingly) reported to be false.
Flynn was under investigation at the time and is still under investigation for secretly conducting lobbying work on behalf of the Turkish government during his time working for the Trump campaign. Flynn made hundreds of thousands of dollars working to “discredit” an individual who the Turkish government long maintained suspicion around, but he never registered as a foreign agent, even though he was required by law to do so.
Eventually, he filed a “retroactive registration.”
The notification that Flynn was under investigation was not, apparently, given directly to President Trump. Rather, it was given to the man who has since become White House Counsel, Don McGahn.
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