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Lt Gen Flynn Confirms He Was A Foreign Agent During The 2016 Campaign
When retired Lt. General Mike Flynn joined Donald Trump on the presidential campaign trail last year, he spent much of his time complaining about “pay for play” Washington political lobbying. He stood alongside Trump as the candidate vowed to “drain the swamp” and keep lobbyists out of his White House. He told crowds to “lock her up,” arguing that Hillary Clinton’s weak opsec and closeness to foreign governments made her a criminal.
On Wednesday night, Flynn — who lasted 24 days as national security adviser before his forced resignation for misleading the vice president about his foreign ties — retroactively registered as an overseas lobbyist with the Department of Justice, saying he’d collected $530,000 between last August and November as a “foreign agent” for Turkish government interests. At least a part of his activities involved writing an op-ed for The Hill, published on Election Day, that praised Turkey’s authoritarian president, Recep Erdogan, and decried a U.S.-based Turkish dissident as a “radical Islamist,” based on info exchanged with his consulting business’s paying Turkish client.
Flynn’s client told the AP he had asked for the $530,000 back, “because of his dissatisfaction with the company's performance.”
Weird how that work had slipped Flynn’s mind during the campaign, where foreign influence on U.S. politics may have come up a few times, and in his required disclosures for his squandered role as the president’s top adviser on sensitive security issues. But Flynn has shown a propensity for memory problems before, apparently forgetting what he’d discussed with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak a couple of times.
Here’s hoping he gets the help he needs with his memory problem. There’s a pill for that.
An Army veteran from Columbus claimed he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after a deployment in Afghanistan that earned him a Purple Heart and Silver Star.
As a result, he collected $76,000 in benefits for the mental condition.
He admitted Wednesday, however, that all of that was a lie.
He was not deployed to Afghanistan, never suffered PTSD and never received the two honors, which are among the highest bestowed for military service.
SAN DIEGO — Days after Rep. Duncan Hunter pleaded guilty to a federal felony related to a yearslong campaign finance scandal, he has finally stated explicitly that he will resign from his congressional seat before the end of his term.
"Shortly after the holidays I will resign from Congress," Hunter, R-Calif., in a statement. "It has been an honor to serve the people of California's 50th District, and I greatly appreciate the trust they have put in me over these last 11 years."
A collision between a Coast Guard boat and a Navy vessel near Kodiak Island, Alaska on Wednesday landed six coasties and three sailors to the hospital, officials said.
The Navy has identified the two Defense Department civilians who were killed in a shooting Wednesday at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii.
A shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida has left four people dead, including the gunman, law enforcement officials said at a Friday news conference.
The shooter and two victims were killed at the base and another victim died after being taken to the hospital, said Chip Simmons, deputy chief of the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.
Another seven people remain hospitalized, including two sheriff's deputies who engaged the gunman, Simmons said at Friday's news conference. One was hit in the arm and the other was shot in the knee. Both are expected to recover.