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CBS Interview: Trump Says He Would Bring Flynn Back To The White House

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President Donald Trump told CBS Senior Investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge that he would gladly bring his former national security advisor Michael Flynn back to the White House.

Flynn’s life has been turned upside down since he was fired by the administration in February, 2017. His removal was in response to a column written by David Ignatius, with The Washington Post, which referred to leaks of highly classified phone conversations between Flynn and former Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak in December, 2016. At the time, Ignatius said that Flynn discussed sanctions imposed by the Obama administration on Russia during the conversation. Ignatius also referred to a government official who stated that Flynn violated the obscure Logan Act law.

Flynn was then interviewed by FBI Special agents Peter Strzok, who has since been fired for malfeasance, and Joe Pientka, who is still with the bureau, at the White House in January, 2017. Prior to interviewing Flynn, however, the bureau had already decided that there was no evidence derogatory evidence what-so-ever against Flynn, or anyone connected to him.

Strzok, along with other senior Obama officials, however, kept a bureau investigation open on the three star general. He later pled guilty to Special Counsel Robert Mueller prosecutors for allegedly lying to the FBI agents during the White House interview. However, Flynn withdrew his plea and stated that he was coerced into pleading guilty after his family was threatened with being dragged into the prosecution. He’s since been exonerated by the Justice Department and an appeals court has asked Judge Emmett Sullivan, who is overseeing his case, to drop all charges against him.

And Trump has made it clear on numerous occasions that he believes that Flynn was railroaded. He told Herridge that he would welcome Flynn back to the White House.

“I would. I think he’s a great gentleman,” said Trump. “He’s a great — he’s been in the military for many, many decades, actually. Highly respected. What General Flynn went through is so unfair.”

Trump also said Flynn was a victim. He noted that FBI agents, like Strzok and others, politically targeted Flynn. The investigation against Flynn was an investigation built on lies to target his administration, Trump said.

Mueller’s probe found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia and neither did numerous congressional investigations. However, there was an extraordinary amount of evidence revealing that the Democrats, Hillary Clinton campaign, along with senior members of the Obama administration had conspired to target Trump.

Moreover, Attorney General William Barr appointed Connecticut prosecutor John Durham to investigate the overwhelming evidence of the bureau’s malfeasance in the case. However, there are no known indictments as of yet.

Trump told CBS that he is letting Durham’s investigation continue without any intervention on his part saying, “I’ve totally taken myself out of it.”

“You have to understand,” said Trump regarding Flynn’s firing. “I was given information that he lied.”

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.

After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.

Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”

“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”

Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”

A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”

Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.

In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”

 

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