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US Podcasts: Flynn’s Departure Is Just the Beginning

US Podcasts: Flynn’s Departure Is Just the Beginning
February 15
18:39 2017

Scott Lucas’s podcasts explain that the turmoil over Trump Administration’s links with Russia has only started


I have spoken with several radio outlets about the forced departure of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, explaining why it is just the start of the maneuvers and uncertainty — some might say chaos — surrounding ties between the Trump Administration and Russia.

See also Trump’s Advisors Met With Russian Intelligence Officials
TrumpWatch, Day 26: Trump-Russian Story Grows

Is Trump in trouble because of his knowledge, weeks ago, of Flynn’s dubious five phone calls with the Russian Ambassador on December 29? Is the President in even more trouble because of the expanding information, with numerous leaks within the Administration, of his advisors and officials’ conversations with Russian officials — including intelligence operatives — going back to late 2015? What about the dossier, being scrutinized by US intelligence services, alleging that Trump is compromised by Moscow because of sexual and financial matters? And what about those Russian banks alleged to have funnelled money to the Trump campaign?

Listen to discussion on BBC West Midlands

Listen to discussion on BBC Radio Ulster

Listen to discussion on London’s Talk Radio

In the White House, there’s a division within the administration between the fire breathers and the pragmatists. The reason why Trump didn’t act from late January is because the fire breathers wanted to keep Flynn in the administration….

People knew all along this could be a smoking gun. We should welcome stability in foreign relations, that’s not the question, but if you want it, you do it through proper diplomacy. You don’t do it via a president with an affinity for Vladimir Putin.

TOP PHOTO: Then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn listens to Donald Trump

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Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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2 Comments

  1. Barbar
    Barbar February 15, 20:47

    Not only does Putin control Trump, but now the martyr Flynn was felled by secret Yanki agents of Iran:
    http://freebeacon.com/national-security/former-obama-officials-loyalists-waged-campaign-oust-flynn/
    .
    Time for a putsch, shurely?

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  2. Andre De Angelis
    Andre De Angelis February 16, 04:54

    Is there any evidence Cohen met with Russian officials in Prague?

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