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Fri May 19, 2017, 08:52 PM May 2017

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--- Jim Sciutto ?Verified account @jimsciutto 37 seconds ago

Breaking: Russians believed they would be able to use Michael Flynn to influence Pres. Trump & his advisors, multiple sources tell #CNN ---


:::: 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. ::::
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K&R for visibility. nt tblue37 May 2017 #1
K&R n/t rzemanfl May 2017 #2
The IC is in full bore leak mode. roamer65 May 2017 #3
+++ agree iluvtennis May 2017 #8
Blackmail, as Yates feared. nt babylonsister May 2017 #4
And yet, there was nothing anyone could do besides wait for Trump to do the right thing. ecstatic May 2017 #5
Doesn't that really mean, tho, that they did not have influence on Trump directly? Honeycombe8 May 2017 #6
No, it means President Short Attention Span needs constant monitoring gratuitous May 2017 #11
THE HITS KEEP COMING!!!!! spanone May 2017 #7
...and it hurts SO GOOD! eom Leghorn21 May 2017 #12
What the Republicans do not seem to get GeoWilliam750 May 2017 #9
Kick. dalton99a May 2017 #10
Today has been unreal theglammistress May 2017 #13
More like the downfall of trump SHRED May 2017 #14
So what happens to a General who commits Treason on this level? Quixote1818 May 2017 #15
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