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Fri May 19, 2017, 09:03 PM

First on CNN: Russian officials bragged they could use Flynn to influence Trump, sources say

Source: CNN

By Gloria Borger, Pamela Brown, Jim Sciutto, Marshall Cohen and Eric Lichtblau, CNN

Updated 8:52 PM ET, Fri May 19, 2017
Washington (CNN)Russian officials bragged in conversations during the presidential campaign that they had cultivated a strong relationship with former Trump adviser retired Gen. Michael Flynn and believed they could use him to influence Donald Trump and his team, sources told CNN.

The conversations deeply concerned US intelligence officials, some of whom acted on their own to limit how much sensitive information they shared with Flynn, who was tapped to become Trump's national security adviser, current and former governments officials said.

"This was a five-alarm fire from early on," one former Obama administration official said, "the way the Russians were talking about him." Another former administration official said Flynn was viewed as a potential national security problem.

The conversations picked up by US intelligence officials indicated the Russians regarded Flynn as an ally, sources said. That relationship developed throughout 2016, months before Flynn was caught on an intercepted call in December speaking with Russia's ambassador in Washington, Sergey Kislyak. That call, and Flynn's changing story about it, ultimately led to his firing as Trump's first national security adviser.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/19/politics/michael-flynn-donald-trump-russia-influence/index.html



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Reply First on CNN: Russian officials bragged they could use Flynn to influence Trump, sources say (Original post)
.99center May 2017 OP
pnwmom May 2017 #1
Leghorn21 May 2017 #2
pnwmom May 2017 #6
Leghorn21 May 2017 #9
pnwmom May 2017 #10
Leghorn21 May 2017 #11
pnwmom May 2017 #12
tblue37 May 2017 #3
unblock May 2017 #4
Julian Englis May 2017 #8
MelissaB May 2017 #5
Thinkingabout May 2017 #7
grantcart May 2017 #13
Xolodno May 2017 #14
Bernardo de La Paz May 2017 #16
ProudProgressiveNow May 2017 #15
DeminPennswoods May 2017 #17

Response to .99center (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 09:06 PM

1. The omg's just never end. n/t

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #1)

Fri May 19, 2017, 09:10 PM

2. If this day lasts forever, I am down wit dat, mom! WOW!! eom!

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Response to Leghorn21 (Reply #2)

Fri May 19, 2017, 09:42 PM

6. Imagine another week like we've just had? But there's no sign of this letting up.

The ground is shaking and one of these days we're going to wake up to THE BIG ONE!

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #6)

Fri May 19, 2017, 10:30 PM

9. Any "bigger" and I'll keel right over, mom!!! We have by God worked and suffered and

sobbed for these delicious revelations, have we not??!

Whewwww!! Rock steady, mom!

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Response to Leghorn21 (Reply #9)

Fri May 19, 2017, 10:46 PM

10. You, too, Leghorn21! And I'm also feeling very grateful

for some very hardworking reporters, some valiant lawyers, and even the "hive mind" on Twitter and DU.

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #10)

Fri May 19, 2017, 10:51 PM

11. Totally!! We're not marching alone here, and that makes our lil hearts swell with pride and

HOPE - hell of a desperate effort, and this WAR is not over, but every entity you've named has keep us breathing (as we're gasping) through this maelstrom -

Including YOU, my friend!

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Response to Leghorn21 (Reply #11)

Fri May 19, 2017, 10:57 PM

12. Aw, thank you Leghorn21.

And you, too!

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Response to .99center (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 09:15 PM

3. Now Cheato gets his THIRD scoop of the day! nt

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Response to .99center (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 09:19 PM

4. i don't believe it for one minute!

they have direct control over benedict donald, they don't need no stinkin' intermediaries!

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Response to unblock (Reply #4)

Fri May 19, 2017, 10:27 PM

8. Actually, you may be right

n/t

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Response to .99center (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 09:40 PM

5. Video here

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Response to .99center (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 10:18 PM

7. They seek and groom those who are easily influenced, Flynn and Trump fits the needs.

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Response to .99center (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 11:08 PM

13. wow

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Response to .99center (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 11:32 PM

14. Don't go to the bathroom to take a dump....

...the news, you'll miss a news dump about dump.

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Response to Xolodno (Reply #14)

Sat May 20, 2017, 01:53 AM

16. In a study, about 20% smart phones coming out of public toilets had detectable fecal matter on them.

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Response to .99center (Original post)

Sat May 20, 2017, 12:06 AM

15. K&R nt

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Response to .99center (Original post)

Sat May 20, 2017, 04:52 AM

17. Isn't this pretty much...

the definition of treason?

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