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Wednesday 15 February 2017

Are they coming for Donald Trump? Top Republican claims Flynn was the appetizer - Kellyanne will be next and Trump is 'the main course'

Devin Nunes suggested those leaking dirt about Trump administration officials could come after Kellyanne Conway (left) next, followed by Steve Bannon (center) and then chief of staff Reince Priebus (right)

Is there a conspiracy inside Washington to destroy Trump's inner circle? That is what a top republican is claiming... Read the report from UK Daily Mail below...
One Republican lawmaker is saying he sees a pattern in the leaks that brought down President Donald Trump's National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Speaking to national security columnist Eli Lake of Bloomberg View, Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, suggested that Flynn may be just be the beginning of Trump's inner circle fallen by enemies within the U.S. government.
'First it's Flynn, next it will be Kellyanne Conway, then it will be Steve Bannon, then it will be Reince Priebus,' Nunes told the right-of-center Lake, who then referred to Flynn as the 'appetizer' and the president as 'the entree.'

 One of the most notable things about the Flynn fall-from-grace story, Lake pointed out, was the fact that the contents of his conversation with Russian Amb. Sergey Kislyak were clearly monitored by the government, and then, so easily got out.

At the time, Flynn was the incoming National Security Advisor, but his correspondence was seemingly monitored by the FBI or the NSA, Lake wrote.

'It's very rare that reporters are ever told about government-monitored communications of U.S. citizens, let alone senior U.S. officials,' Lake wrote.

Later he added, 'Normally intercepts of U.S. officials and citizens are some of the most tightly held government secrets.' 

Not in this case, however, which caused Nunes to suggest that something really didn't smell right. 
'There does appear to be a well orchestrated effort to attack Flynn and others in the administration,' Nunes told the Bloomberg View columnist. 

'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,' Nunes said. 

Days after Trump conversed with foreign leaders, embarrassing details have leaked out, including that the president had to ask aides about a nuclear arms treaty, while on the phone with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, and that he and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had a fraught back-and-forth over an Obama era refugee resettlement plan.

On Friday, one of Flynn's top deputies, Robin Townley, was denied a security clearance from the CIA, Politico reported, citing two unnamed sources, which prevented Townley from serving on the National Security Council.  

Nunes told Lake he planned to ask the FBI to investigate the Flynn leak and find out if the outgoing national security advisor was the target of a law enforcement investigation. The Washington Post previously reported that Flynn was not being looked at by the FBI. 

The New York Times reported that Flynn did have a conversation with the FBI over his  conversation with the Kremlin representative, as they were concerned he didn't tell them the whole truth. 
 Lake pointed out that there were a number of places investigators could turn in sniffing out Flynn's, and the administration's, adversaries.

 'Flynn was a fat target for the national security state,' the columnist wrote. 'He had cultivated a reputation as a reformer and a fierce critic of the intelligence community leaders he once served with when he was the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama.'
The Bloomberg columnist suggested the Flynn leak could be over partisan politics as well. 

He reminded readers that Flynn became a national name when he spoke onstage at last summer's Republican National Convention in Cleveland, on the heels of being rumored to be Trump's veep.   
'He was also a fat target for Democrats,' Lake wrote. 

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