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Were Obama Loyalists Working To Oust Michael Flynn Because He Was Going To Reveal Details Of Obama’s Iran Deal?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 5:34 pm

[guest post by Dana]

According to a report out today, it seems like it:

The abrupt resignation Monday evening of White House national security adviser Michael Flynn is the culmination of a secret, months-long campaign by former Obama administration confidantes to handicap President Donald Trump’s national security apparatus and preserve the nuclear deal with Iran, according to multiple sources in and out of the White House who described to the Washington Free Beacon a behind-the-scenes effort by these officials to plant a series of damaging stories about Flynn in the national media.

The effort, said to include former Obama administration adviser Ben Rhodes—the architect of a separate White House effort to create what he described as a pro-Iran echo chamber—included a small task force of Obama loyalists who deluged media outlets with stories aimed at eroding Flynn’s credibility, multiple sources revealed.

The operation primarily focused on discrediting Flynn, an opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, in order to handicap the Trump administration’s efforts to disclose secret details of the nuclear deal with Iran that had been long hidden by the Obama administration.

Insiders familiar with the anti-Flynn campaign told the Free Beacon that these Obama loyalists plotted in the months before Trump’s inauguration to establish a set of roadblocks before Trump’s national security team, which includes several prominent opponents of diplomacy with Iran. The Free Beacon first reported on this effort in January.

[M]ultiple sources closely involved in the situation pointed to a larger, more secretive campaign aimed at discrediting Flynn and undermining the Trump White House.

“It’s undeniable that the campaign to discredit Flynn was well underway before Inauguration Day, with a very troublesome and politicized series of leaks designed to undermine him,” said one veteran national security adviser with close ties to the White House team. “This pattern reminds me of the lead up to the Iran deal, and probably features the same cast of characters.”

Since then, top members of the Obama administration’s national security team have launched a communications infrastructure after they left the White House, and have told reporters they are using that infrastructure to undermine Trump’s foreign policy.

“It’s actually Ben Rhodes, NIAC, and the Iranian mullahs who are celebrating today,” said one veteran foreign policy insider who is close to Flynn and the White House. “They know that the number one target is Iran … [and] they all knew their little sacred agreement with Iran was going to go off the books. So they got rid of Flynn before any of the [secret] agreements even surfaced.”

Likely Obama’s people would do anything to guard the Iran deal and all its secrets, so this wouldn’t be surprising if it panned out.

There was also this from an unnamed source:

“The Obama administration knew that Flynn was going to release the secret documents around the Iran deal, which would blow up their myth that it was a good deal that rolled back Iran,” the source said. “So in December the Obama NSC started going to work with their favorite reporters, selectively leaking damaging and incomplete information about Flynn.”

Meanwhile, Jake Tapper is reporting that a senior administration official claims that Flynn was also fired because he requested a security clearance for his son without first informing Vice-president Pence. This along with his misleading comments to Pence about his calls with the Russian ambassador.



  1. What a mess.

    Comment by Dana — 2/14/2017 @ 5:36 pm

  2. I’m glad Flynn is gone, but I find the how downright terrifying.

    *If* there’s any truth to the Iran deal angle, I hope the Trump admin realizes that it’s facing what amounts to a coup attempt. If they do realize that in time, they will hopefully also realize that there is only one way to deal with this; expose everything about the Iran deal, no warning. Of course, that assumes Trump can even get his hands on the details.

    I’m also highly dubious that the motive is as described; to preserve their myth. That’s utter baloney and does not pass the sniff test; why take these kind of risks over that? This leads me to suspect there’s a lot more to it.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 2/14/2017 @ 7:51 pm

  3. This smells like conspiracy theory by someone who really didn’t like the Obama administration–or someone who is trying to lay the groundwork for discrediting and illegally firing civil servants who they think are leaking to the press or might obstruct unconstitutional orders.

    Seriously, if the Iran deal is so secret even the executive doesn’t know what’s in it, how is it going to be carried out? Iran can say “we had a deal to do X” and Trump can just say “Nope, no record of it”, and it sucks to be them. Second, since when did Trump give a damn about what the mainstream media said about his appointees? Trump just doubles down when the press tells him his guys are bad. Theory does not pass the basic sanity test.

    Flynn is no angel; he was forced to retired early because he was an abusive bully who couldn’t follow policy and he’s an anti-Moslem bigot. He repeats completely untrue crap about Islam that only an ignorant hick would honestly believe, and he was the head of an intelligence agency and knew better–so either he pushes partisan lies intended to inflame bigotry, or he’s so detached from reality/mired in his own prejudices as to be utterly unfit for the job.

    The simpler explanation is that Flynn resigned because he’s unfit for the job and he was caught committing enough indiscretions that he could be forced out before he did too much damage.

    Comment by Dragoness Eclectic — 2/15/2017 @ 7:35 am

  4. The irony is rich, in deed:

    Comment by narciso — 2/15/2017 @ 9:40 am

  5. The Washington Free Beacon?
    Paranoia strikes deep….

    Comment by Martha — 2/16/2017 @ 3:45 pm

  6. Except they have turned up previous collusion between Iranian mouthpieces like parsi’s niac and fmr officials? Like musaivian

    Comment by narciso — 2/16/2017 @ 7:26 pm

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