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MIKE FLYNN, SECURITY RISK

Trump’s national security adviser resigned over secret talks with Russia. But how did he even get the job?

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QUESTION: How did Mike Flynn get a security clearance? It’s even more a mystery now that the erstwhile White House national security adviser’s secret dealings with the Kremlin have been exposed. In January, I sued several federal agencies to find out—not just about the vetting of Flynn but also other top appointees in the Trump administration with dodgy foreign ties. As I noted in my Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) complaint, “Gen. Flynn has close ties to the Russian government” and “was forced to resign from the Defense Intelligence Agency for mismanagement,” among other issues that “would raise serious concerns about granting him access to” classified information.

That was long before The Washington Post’s recent report that Flynn had possibly conspired over the telephone with Russia’s ambassador in Washington to undermine President Barack Obama’s sanctions against Moscow for interfering in the 2016 election. Flynn first denied he had discussed the sanctions with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. But a day after he was questioned by the FBI, which had transcripts of the calls, he revised his story, saying that “he couldn’t be certain that the topic never came up.”

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