A leak got Flynn removed as National Security Adviser, but the Deep State’s target is ultimately Donald Trump.
Michael Flynn was the first checkmark on the Deep State’s target list. Here’s a tweet from a Politico reporter that I think is quite accurate:
A small group of current and former national security officials just leaked Mike Flynn out of a job. Does anyone think they'll stop there?
— Eric Geller (@ericgeller) February 14, 2017
Who are these “security officials”? We will never be told. Unelected and unaccountable, yet they have the power to attack the White House for daring to attempt to establish the policies that Donald Trump promised on the campaign trail. This anonymous group with their elite backers and media propagandists are why I am calling it the Deep State.
Who will be the Deep State’s target, now that Flynn is gone? Kellyanne Conway? Steve Bannon?
Ultimately, there can be no doubt that the Deep State’s target is Donald Trump himself. Lindsey Graham, an election loser but a powerful agent of the Deep State made that clear to CNN. According to the Talking Points Memo:
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Tuesday that he wants to know if somebody on President Donald Trump’s transition team “directed” former national security adviser Michael Flynn to discuss sanctions in a call with Russia’s ambassador to the United States
“I want to know, did General Flynn do this by himself or was he directed by somebody to do it?” Graham said in an interview with CNN’s Kate Bolduan.
He said that he has not “seen the transcripts” of Flynn’s conversations with with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump took office.
“I think Congress needs to be informed of what actually General Flynn said to the Russian ambassador about lifting sanctions,” Graham said. “Did he say anything at all or is this just being spun by the media?”
Flynn resigned from his role as White House national security adviser late Monday after questions arose about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador before Trump’s inauguration.
Current and former U.S. officials told several news outlets last week that Flynn and Kislyak discussed U.S. sanctions during one call, contradicting members of Trump’s administration, including Vice President Mike Pence, who previously denied that they did.
Here’s the video:
Why would it matter if Flynn was “directed” to talk about sanctions? The voters elected the candidate who promised to keep us out of World War III with Russia and work with them to fight terrorism. Graham is presenting this as a crime.
And who made these “transcripts” that Graham mentioned?
Eli Lake wrote a very interesting article in Bloomberg under the headline, “The Political Assassination of Michael Flynn.” It contains useful information, especially regarding the transcripts Graham mentioned:
Normally intercepts of U.S. officials and citizens are some of the most tightly held government secrets. This is for good reason. Selectively disclosing details of private conversations monitored by the FBI or NSA gives the permanent state the power to destroy reputations from the cloak of anonymity. This is what police states do.
In the past it was considered scandalous for senior U.S. officials to even request the identities of U.S. officials incidentally monitored by the government (normally they are redacted from intelligence reports). John Bolton’s nomination to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations was derailed in 2006 after the NSA confirmed he had made 10 such requests when he was Undersecretary of State for Arms Control in George W. Bush’s first term. The fact that the intercepts of Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak appear to have been widely distributed inside the government is a red flag.
Representative Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told me Monday that he saw the leaks about Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak as part of a pattern. “There does appear to be a well-orchestrated effort to attack Flynn and others in the administration,” he said. “From the leaking of phone calls between the president and foreign leaders to what appears to be high-level FISA Court information, to the leaking of American citizens being denied security clearances, it looks like a pattern.”
That’s quite interesting. It sounds like Nunes is observing the Deep State waging war against an elected President.
Lake spends some time speculating that there was some serious wrongdoing on the part of Flynn that made Trump fire him. But then he suggests that Flynn may have been the Deep State’s target, not Trump’s.
It’s also possible that a group of national security bureaucrats and former Obama officials are selectively leaking highly sensitive law enforcement information to undermine the elected government.
Flynn was a fat target for the national security state. He has cultivated a reputation as a reformer and a fierce critic of the intelligence community leaders he once served with when he was the director the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama. Flynn was working to reform the intelligence-industrial complex, something that threatened the bureaucratic prerogatives of his rivals.
Flynn also called for Hillary to be jailed, Lake reminds us. So Democrats would want him punished as well.
Donald Trump is in the fight for our lives. I hope he doesn’t plan to lose anyone else in his Cabinet.