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Donald Trump Just Admitted He Knew Mike Flynn Lied to the FBI While He Was Still His National Security Advisor

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What Else Does Trump Know?

Just a few hours ago President Trump broke his 24 hour silence about his former National Security Advisor, Mike Flynn, pleading guilty to lying to the FBI. He told reporters he isn’t worried what Flynn will say to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating the Trump team’s ties to Russia.

It was, in fact – given his history – remarkable that Trump had not tweeted about Mike Flynn.

That is now over.

Just a few minutes ago President Trump tried to defend himself, and distance himself from Flynn, the man Trump had wanted to be his Vice President, the man Trump had wanted to install in his cabinet but was forced to confront the fact that Flynn could not possibly be confirmed by the Senate. Flynn wanted to head the CIA.

I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI,” Trump said, admitting that he knew when he fired Flynn on February 13 that Flynn had been interviewed by the FBI and knew that he had lied to them. “He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!” Trump went on to say in this tweet:

Remember, Trump resisted firing Flynn even after Acting Attorney General Sally Yates told him that Flynn had likely been compromised by the Russians and was susceptible to blackmail. Trump waited 18 days to fire Flynn, and did so only after a Washington Post exposé.

After he fired Flynn, Trump in public and in private lamented firing his BFF, and even suggested he might rehire him. He certainly made clear he regretted firing Flynn and wanted him back, even months later.

According to a White House source speaking with The Daily Beast in May, President Trump “feels really, really, really, bad about firing him, and he genuinely thinks if the [FBI] investigation is over Flynn can come back.”

Trump, as we all now know, also asked then-FBI Director Jim Comey to go easy on Flynn and drop the investigation into his activities. An he called Flynn a “good guy.”

Trump later fired Comey over the Russia investigation.

Whether or not Flynn’s actions were lawful will be determined by Mueller and possibly a judge. The Logan Act still looms.

But Trump just admitted he knew Flynn lied to the FBI. And lying to the FBI is a felony. 

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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

The ‘White Power Movement’ Is Ramping Up Its Attacks on Energy Infrastructure – Anti-Terrorism Expert Explains Why

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Professor, historian and author Kathleen Belew, one of the United States’ top experts on white supremacist and white nationalist terrorism, has often stressed that violent, racially motivated attacks shouldn’t be viewed as isolated incidents, but as part of a broader movement. And when Belew made a Monday night, February 6 appearance on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” she explained how a Maryland woman’s alleged role in a plot to attack five energy substations in the Baltimore area fits into the overall “white power” game plan.

Earlier in the day, law enforcement officials had announced the arrest of Maryland resident Sarah Beth Clendaniel, who, they allege, conspired with fellow white supremacist Brandon Russell in that plot. Clendaniel and Russell, according to officials, hoped to completely disable energy infrastructure in Baltimore and deprive the city of electricity for an extended period of time.

During her conversation with Maddow, Belew emphasized that this was not an isolated incident. White supremacists, white nationalists and neo-Nazis, according to the professor, are targeting energy infrastructure in general — not just in Baltimore, Maryland.

READ MORE: Why the power grid is an ‘attractive target’ for domestic terrorists and white supremacists: report

Belew, author of the 2019 book, “Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America,” told Maddow, “The electrical part may be new, but infrastructure attacks by this movement are not new. This is a strategy that was pioneered by a group called The Order in 1983…. Infrastructure attacks are one kind of violence among several others that are all laid out in a strategy in common in order to bring about what the movement seeks, which is the overthrow of the United States and the creation of a white ethno-state — mass violence against communities of color and even genocide against non-white peoples.”

According to Belew — who teaches at Northwestern University in the Chicago suburbs — attacks on energy infrastructure and the January 6, 2021 insurrection are both part of the “white power” game plan.

Belew told Maddow, “Infrastructure attacks sit next to a show of forced violence like the January 6 attack on the Capitol and mass casualty violence like the Oklahoma City bombing. All of these exist together within one broad ideology in the white power movement.”

READ MORE: Terrorism expert explains why the Great Replacement theory is so central to white racist ideology

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Right-Wing Outraged Over Falsely Thinking White House Press Secretary Said National Security Council Is Using ‘TikTok’

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For decades White House press secretaries, military officers, and reporters have used the words “tick-tock” to denote an overview of a conversation, or a chronological telling of a series of events – and not the now-popular Chinese app “TikTok,” which some allege has major national security implications.

And yet, the far-right-wing website Daily Caller, a veteran Fox News host, and many others on the social media site Twitter attacked Karine Jean-Pierre Monday afternoon, after the White House Press Secretary told the press: “I know there was a tick-tock that went out to all of you from the National Security Council that was pretty detailed on how everything broke down for the past week.”

Inside Elections’ Jacob Rubashkin mocked The Daily Caller, (which was founded by Tucker Carlson,) for getting something so basic so wrong.

READ MORE: Morning Joe Reminds Viewers of the Last Time the Koch Network ‘Stopped the Craziness’ in GOP Primaries

Longtime journalist Keith Olberman blasted several people on Twitter who assumed the worst, including veteran Fox News reporter David Asman.

He didn’t stop there.

 

 

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House Ethics Committee Begins Questioning Santos Staffers

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The U.S. House Committee on Ethics has begun questioning staffers for embattled Rep. George Santos, who on Friday was accused of sexual harassment and improper hiring practice by a prospective aide the New York Republican interviewed and hired.

CNN Capitol Hill reporter Melanie Zanona, reporting the committee’s questioning, calls it “a sign that the committee is looking into some of the allegations against Santos, though it doesn’t necessarily mean a formal investigation has been launched yet.”

“It is unclear what exactly the committee asked these staffers about, but multiple ethics complaints have been filed against Santos,” Zanona adds.

READ MORE: Watch: Democrats File Ethics Complaint Against George Santos After GOP Leadership Calls It an ‘Internal’ Matter

Most recently, a prospective staffer filed a complaint that the congressman made an unwanted sexual advance.

Two New York Democrats last month also filed an ethics complaint against Santos over his financial disclosure reporting.

 

 

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