Simply explained: Here’s What Happened With ABC’s Retracted , and completely false, Story about Trump and Russia.
The original story claimed Trump ordered Flynn to talk and attempt to make a deal with the Russian government as just a presidential candidate and not as the President. That would have been very illegal.
What really happened, and why they had to retract their story, was that Trump had Flynn talk to Russia about teaming up on ISIS in Syria AFTER he was President. Which is not only legal it’s extremely normal. It was one of Trumps first acts of foreign policy after becoming President.
So, everything that made that story a story (Trump making deals with Russia before he had the authority to as just a candidate) was false.
Which means it’s what we already knew. Trump worked with Russia on doing something about ISIS in Syria together. That’s it. That’s ABC’s story after the retraction. Which is literally nothing and old news to boot. YUGE and embarrassing screw up by ABC and everyone who ran with it.
Now why was Flynn arrested? That’s as stupid as the screw up ABC just made. Flynn was arrested for lying to the FBI about talking to Russia after Trump became president. Which was really fucking stupid because there was no reason to lie about it, but he did and that is illegal (lying to the FBI), so they charged him.
There you go. That’s the whole story and you better believe Trump is going to have a hay day with his biggest example of fake news yet that cost billions in stock market losses before the real story git out and the market corrected.
News reader Brian Ross should not be suspended. He should be fired.
Let him go to MSNBC and hang out with liars like Morning Joe, Rachel Maddow, and another Brian–Brian Williams.
All of these people are stooges for the (((globalists))) who will say or do anything to destroy President Donald Trump’s MILD pushback against globalism.
Ross’s lie is being punished only because of the negative reaction by the stock market. Somebody is pissed because they lost some money and so good old Brian is going to pay too: His suspension is WITHOUT PAY. LOL!
On the other hand, ABC executives who knew what Lyin’ Brian was up to could have shorted the stock market and made a bundle.
ABC News has announced that Brian Ross would be suspended for four weeks without pay “effective immediately.”
“It is vital we get the story right and retain the trust we have built with our audience – these are our core principles. We fell far short of that yesterday,” the network said in a statement on Saturday. “Effective immediately, Brian Ross will be suspended for four weeks without pay.”
Ross came under considerable fire on Friday after he erroneously reported on live television that then-candidate Donald Trump had instructed Michael Flynn to make contact with the Russians. In a correction seven hours later, the channel admitted that it was “President-elect” Trump who had made the request of Flynn — a pretty significant difference.
ABC issued a correction on Twitter and also updated their original article.
ABC has sustained withering criticism from all corners of the internet since the error first became known Friday.
“We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday,” the network continued in its latest statement. “The reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process.
“As a result of our continued reporting over the next several hours ultimately we determined the information was wrong and we corrected the mistake on air and online,” it concluded.
It’s not the first time Ross has come under fire for playing fast and loose with the facts, either. In 2012, he falsely suggested that the Aurora shooter Jim Holmes had been a member of the Colorado Tea Party — he was not.
It’s entirely possible that the Obama people tried to get General Michael Flynn in trouble by telling him to do whatever he wanted to do regarding speaking with the Russian government.
Flynn had called out Obama as soft on Muslims. There was a seething hatred toward him by the Obama administration for criticizing their guy.
Excerpt from The Hill
The White House said on Friday that it was the Obama administration that authorized former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during President Trump’s transition, according to CNN.
Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Kislyak in the month before Trump took office, the first current or former Trump White House official brought down by special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s election meddling.
Court records indicate that his communications with Kislyak were directed by a Trump transition official, with multiple news outlets reporting that official was Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.
“They are saying here at the White House that Flynn’s conversations with Sergey Kisylak were quote ‘authorized’ by the Obama administration,” CNN correspondent Jim Acosta said.
“We should point out, that is something that we have not heard before in terms of a defense from this White House,” he said.
The White House did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment.
James Clapper, who served as the Director of National Intelligence under Obama, said that the claim that the Obama administration authorized Flynn’s contacts with Kislyak was “absurd,” adding that the administration was concerned by the communications at the time.
“That’s absurd. That’s absolutely absurd,” Clapper said on CNN.
“There was great concern at the time, not just with this particular contact, but with the violation of the principle that historically been followed of one president, one administration at a time,” he added. “So to say that we blessed it, or acquiesced it is a stretch.”
In a statement released shortly after he entered his guilty plea, Flynn acknowledged that he is cooperating with Mueller’s probe into Russian interference during last year’s election and any coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
According to court documents, Flynn lied to investigators when he told them that he did not ask Kislyak to refrain from retaliating against U.S. sanctions imposed by the Obama administration in response to the Russian meddling.
Flynn also lied when he told the FBI that he did not lobby Kislyak to oppose or delay a United Nations Security Council vote condemning Israeli settlements, a resolution strongly condemned by Trump.
Flynn resigned from the Trump White House in February — just 24 days into office — after it was reported that he misled Vice President Pence and other officials about his contacts with Kislyak.
The White House sought to distance itself from Flynn on Friday, noting that he only served as Trump’s national security adviser for a few weeks and that he lied to Pence about his interactions with Kislyak in the same vein that he lied to the FBI.
It’s not surprising that fake news press would reach out to James Clapper for comment. He’s a Trump hating globalist who’s been after Trump throughout his term of office.
General Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Earlier this year he was relieved of his duties as National Security Adviser by President Trump for lying to Vice President Mike Pence.
The liberal press is promoting the idea that Trump and Pence will now be removed from office because Flynn has the goods on them and is “cooperating” with Special Counsel Mueller.
That issue is complex, but in a nutshell, it’s highly unlikely since as far as we know Flynn did nothing illegal upon the orders of Trump or anyone else.
Also, let’s remember that Flynn was Obama’s guy, appointed by Obama as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2012.
Ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about meetings with Russia’s ambassador weeks before Donald Trump became president.
The charges were brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as part of his inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.
Mr Flynn is the most senior member of the administration to be indicted.
He also revealed he was co-operating with Mr Mueller’s inquiry.
Significantly, a statement made by Mr Flynn to prosecutors appears to implicate a more senior, though unnamed, Trump team official – indicating the direction in which Mr Mueller’s investigation may be heading.
Numerous US media outlets said the senior official now under the spotlight is Jared Kushner – Mr Trump’s adviser and son-in-law.
The alt-right will not be sorry to see Kushner go. His duties have been throttled back for months now as he seems to be in over his head.
What happened in court?
Appearing in a federal court in Washington DC, he admitted to one count of knowingly making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements”.
According to an AFP reporter in court, the judge accepted Mr Flynn’s guilty plea and said he would not face trial.
Mr Flynn then issued a statement in which he said: “I recognise that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right”.
He said his plea and co-operation deal “reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country”. The retired Army lieutenant-general is unlikely to serve more than six months in prison.
The White House issued a statement saying that “nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr Flynn”. A presidential appearance in front of reporters was then cancelled.
As he was escorted from court by FBI agents, a handful of protesters shouted “criminal” and “lock him up”, echoing a chant he led against Hillary Clinton during the Republican party convention last year.
What are the charges?
Mr Flynn was forced to resign 23 days into his job in February, a month after he was questioned by the FBI for misleading the White House about meeting then Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak during the transition period, before Mr Trump took office.
Then, just over a week ago, US media said his legal team had told the president’s lawyers they could no longer discuss the case, prompting suggestions that he had begun co-operating with prosecutors.
It is not clear why he did not tell the truth to investigators. But it is illegal for a private US citizen, as Mr Flynn was during the transition, to conduct foreign affairs without the permission or involvement of the US government.
According to the charge sheet, Michael Flynn is accused of:
falsely telling FBI agents that on or about 29 December 2016 he did not ask Mr Kislyak to “refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed against Russia that same day”
failing to recall that Mr Kislyak had later told him Russia was moderating its response to the sanctions as a result of his request
falsely saying that, on or about 22 December 2016, he did not ask Mr Kislyak to “delay the vote on or defeat a pending United Nations Security Council resolution”. The discussion came a day before the Obama administration decided not to veto a resolution asserting that Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian territory “had no legal validity”
making false statements about the Turkish government’s involvement and supervision of a project that his intelligence company was taking part in.
Mr Flynn is not the first former Trump official to be charged.
In October, Mr Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and his business associate Rick Gates were accused of conspiring to defraud the US in dealings with Ukraine (both deny the charges). Another ex-aide, George Papadopoulos, has also pleaded guilty to making false statements to FBI agents
Mueller and Comey also sent Martha Stewart to prison for lying to the FBI.
More shortly on this story, which will be developing in the days and weeks ahead.
Four minutes. David Seaman points out Roger Stone’s incredible Saturday Tweets.
My take is that Roger, who has shown a willingness to lie in the past, is running a bluff to try to keep General Flynn from being indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Not that an indictment by corrupt Mueller would prove that Flynn is guilty of anything. If Mueller thinks that Flynn will expose the D.C. pedo rings, then he might back off from going after Flynn.
Still big, if Flynn knows who the pedos are and can prove it. Otherwise, just a bluff such as a poker player might make.
Published on Aug 5, 2017
Roger Stone dropped some serious truth over on his Twitter page today. Pedogate researchers and McMaster critics are sure to find Stone’s tweets from this weekend intriguing.
Here are the Tweets that David Seaman is talking about:
At a Friday press conference President Donald Trump refused to confirm or deny that tape recordings of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey exist. Last month, he had made reference in a Tweet to the possibility that such tapes do exist.
The House Russia probe has requested that the Trump White House supply it with those tapes by June 23, as reported by The Independent.
Trump dropped a hint that he will soon reveal whether the tapes exist or not.
Excerpt from NOLA
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump refused Friday to say whether his private conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey were taped — a matter at the heart of conflicting accounts of what passed between them — and asserted that nothing in Comey’s testimony to the Senate showed collusion with Russia or obstruction of justice.
“He’s a leaker,” Trump said dismissively. “Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction.”
He further denied ever asking Comey for his “loyalty,” contradicting Comey’s detailed allegations in his sworn testimony.
“No I didn’t say that,” Trump stated abruptly, taking questions after meeting Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. Asked if he would make that denial under oath, he said: “100 percent.”
Trump’s aides have repeatedly dodged questions about whether conversations relevant to the Russia investigation have been recorded, and so did the president.
“Well, I’ll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future,” Trump said. “I’m not hinting anything.” He added: “Oh you’re going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don’t worry.”
Comey told the Senate of multiple conversations alone with the president, during which he said Trump pressed him to show “loyalty,” to back off on the FBI investigation of aide Michael Flynn and to disclose that Trump himself was not under investigation as the FBI probed Russian interference in the election and ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Comey said he refused on all points, told senators of the detailed memos he had written after his conversations with Trump and said he hoped those conversations were taped because he is confident of their veracity.
Trump has offered many surprises along the campaign trail and on into the White House. If the taped conversations exist, then they just might be the biggest surprise of them all.
CNN is fake news, but on the other hand fired FBI Director James Comey has flourished as a member of the Deep State conspiracy to subvert Americanism. Comey is surely told what to do and what to say by those above him in the hierarchy.
So, will Comey testify that Donald Trump was attempting to obstruct justice, a claim that will likely lead to impeachment proceedings being started?
It’s very likely.
Imagine how distracted the country will be as the impeachment of President Trump plays out every night on the evening news. Imagine the looting of the nations’ wealth by (((you know who))) as no one pays any attention to anything except the story that Trump is a Russian agent.
Clearly disappointed to have been left out of the headline heroics from Friday night (courtesy of The Washington Post and The New York Times), CNN has decided that anon-sourced perspectives on officials’ feelings now warrants reportage.
The latest in the sad sage of mainstream media’s downward spiral, as The Hill reports,  is that former FBI Director James Comey is expected to testify that he believes President Trump was deliberately trying to meddle in the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the presidential election, according to a report late Friday.
Despite swearing under oath that he “had never” been influenced during an investigation,  and further that if he had he would have reported it immediately…
CNN now reports  that, according to a source, Comey has come to believe the president intended to influence him…
Former FBI Director James Comey now believes that President Donald Trump was trying to influence his judgment about the Russia probe, a person familiar with his thinking says, but whether that influence amounts to obstruction of justice remains an open question.
“You have to have intent in order to obstruct justice in the criminal sense,” the source said, adding that “intent is hard to prove.”
Comey will testify publicly before the Senate intelligence committee after Memorial Day, the panel’s leaders announced Friday.
The central question at that blockbuster hearing will be whether Comey believed the President was trying to interfere with his investigation.
Sources say Comey had reached no conclusion about the President’s intent before he was fired.
But Comey did immediately recognize that the new President was not following normal protocols during their interactions.
So to clarify, a disgruntled fired employee, who previously said no effort to influence was undertaken, has now changed his mind, according to sources, and thinks his former boss was trying to influence him (according to sources).