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The media is having a field day with this one. Here's what confuses me. This is from January 23 and the Washington Post (printed in Chicago Tribune):

FBI finds nothing illicit in Michael Flynn's calls with Russian ambassador

The FBI in late December reviewed intercepts of communications between the Russian ambassador to the United States and retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn - national security adviser to then-President-elect Donald Trump - but has not found any evidence of wrongdoing or illicit ties to the Russian government, U.S. officials said.

The calls were picked up as part of routine electronic surveillance of Russian officials and agents in the United States, which is one of the FBI's responsibilities, according to the U.S. officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss counterintelligence operations.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-fbi-michael-flynn-russian-ambassador-20170123-story.html

If the calls were listened to in December, wouldn't they know whether or not he discussed the sanctions? What changed regarding the calls from the time they occurred and the time this article was printed (weeks ago)? The transcripts couldn't have changed.

Also, we have more leaks of course. It sounds like some of these people were with Obama and are gone, but they had an opportunity to say something sooner, so why didn't they?

Neither of those assertions is consistent with the fuller account of Flynn’s contacts with Kislyak provided by officials who had access to reports from U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies that routinely monitor the communications of Russian diplomats. Nine current and former officials, who were in senior positions at multiple agencies at the time of the calls, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.

All of those officials said ­Flynn’s references to the election-related sanctions were explicit. Two of those officials went further, saying that Flynn urged Russia not to overreact to the penalties being imposed by President Barack Obama, making clear that the two sides would be in position to review the matter after Trump was sworn in as president.

We all know Obama waited until the last minute to put those sanctions on to stick it to Trump and his desire to develop a better relationship with Russia. If what is printed there is all he said, I can't see anything wrong with asking Russia to wait before imposing a response that would be harmful to the U.S. and saying they would review things when Trump got in office.

For the record, the U.S. has not even dropped the sanctions! If he was scheming to do that as soon as Trump got in office, it hasn't happened. You have Nikki Haley out there saying that sanctions will remain in place until Russia is out of Crimea (or as Maxine Waters would say - Korea).

In any regard, the Washington Post says while it could be a violation of the never used Logan Act, it would be hard to prosecute. We have this:

Former U.S. officials also said aggressive enforcement would probably discourage appropriate contact. Michael McFaul, who served as U.S. ambassador to Russia during the Obama administration, said that he was in Moscow meeting with officials in the weeks leading up to Obama’s 2008 election win.

“As a former diplomat and U.S. government official, one needs to be able to have contact with foreigners to do one’s job,” McFaul said. McFaul, a Russia scholar, said he was careful never to signal pending policy changes before Obama took office.

Of course it's okay when Obama's people are there prior to the election working on a failed reset. The media wasn't using Russia as the boogey man then.

1 posted on 02/10/2017 1:02:25 PM PST by Pinkbell
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To: Pinkbell
alleged interference in the 2016 election

At least they used the word "alleged."

2 posted on 02/10/2017 1:06:42 PM PST by MUDDOG
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To: Pinkbell

WaCompost’s days of glory hunting Republican administrations for misdeeds are OVER. President Trump is not about to tolerate their nonsense, let alone cave.


3 posted on 02/10/2017 1:40:11 PM PST by onyx (DONATE MONTHLY!)
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To: Pinkbell

Flynn and the Russians deny this

Since when is a private call available for unnamed sources to comment on?


4 posted on 02/10/2017 1:53:24 PM PST by Nifster (I see puppy dogs in the clouds)
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To: Pinkbell

Fill in the blanks:

CLINTON or FLYNN

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key had given over $7.7 million in taxpayers’ money to the ____________ Global Initiative. This donation was part of a 2013 pledge to ultimately give $13.7 million. NZ PM John Key resigned Dec 5, 2016.

CLINTON or FLYNN

In July 2016, Norwegian paper Dagbladet reported that from 2007 to 2015, the governments of Jens Stoltenberg and Erna Solberg of Norway sent the __________ Foundation and its various initiatives over 584 million Kroner. Jens Stoltenberg went on from his position as Prime Minister of Norway to become the current Secretary General of NATO.

CLINTON or FLYNN

Between July and September 2016, unwitting German taxpayers gave as much as $5 million to the __________ Foundation, Germany newspaper Die Welt reveals.


6 posted on 02/10/2017 1:55:53 PM PST by Proyecto Anonimo
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To: Pinkbell; LucyT

This issue was discussed on Shep Smith and Chris Wallace was on. Evidently the leaked info was supposedly from the electronic intercepts - spying on foreign nations (at 5:25 min mark).

Report: Flynn, Russian ambassador discussed sanctions

http://video.foxnews.com/v/5319023700001/?#sp=show-clips

Feb. 10, 2017 - 5:44 - National security adviser had repeatedly denied topic came up during conversations with Amb. Sergey Kislyak prior to President Trump’s inauguration; reaction from ‘Fox News Sunday’ anchor Chris Wallace


9 posted on 02/10/2017 1:59:28 PM PST by Whenifhow
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To: Pinkbell

“were interpreted by some senior U.S. officials as an inappropriate and potentially illegal”

Trump needs to either fire or transfer the disloyal at US State....the number one job for Tillerson is to support his boss.

....Sen. Eugene McCarthy was RIGHT!....the US State Department is infiltrated by global socialist traitors...


10 posted on 02/10/2017 2:00:14 PM PST by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch (career libs @ BIG BROTHER Inc.,..... President Trump says your fired!)
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To: Pinkbell

‘Washington Post’ yeah right...

I’m calling this ‘fake news’....


11 posted on 02/10/2017 2:02:18 PM PST by HarleyLady27 ('THE FORCE AWAKENS!!!' Trump/Pence: MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!)
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To: Pinkbell

The Washington Compost lies for the globalists in the CIA. If the unnamed sources are not willing to be public and put their complaint/accusations in writing, then I refuse to even consider it. Till then, it’s FAKE NEWS.


14 posted on 02/10/2017 2:21:24 PM PST by greeneyes
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