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REPORT: Obama administration authorized Flynn to contact Russia

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A White House official said former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak were “authorized” by former-President Obama as the Trump administration transitioned into the White House, CNN reports.

If these developing reports out of the White House are true; it would implicate the Obama administration in an entrapment plot targeting Flynn.  

CNN correspondent Jim Acosta tweeted:

They are saying here at the White House that Flynn’s conversations with Sergey Kisylak were quote ‘authorized’ by the Obama administration.

We should point out, that is something that we have not heard before in terms of a defense from this White House.

Flynn Set Up?

Flynn had contacts with Kislyak in the month leading up to President Trump’s inauguration, a charge for which he accepted a single felony plea for false statements to the FBI on Friday. But the role the Obama administration played in authorizing that contact remains unclear.

Flynn told FBI investigators that he did not tell Kislyak and the Russians to oppose a United National Security Council vote denouncing the construction of Israeli settlements, which was a counter to Obama’s policies. The incoming Trump White House was strongly in favor of condemning the resolution.

According to multiple media outlets, the “very senior” Trump transition official that directed communication between Flynn and Kislyak was Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.

It marks the only noteworthy development in the Special Investigator Robert Mueller’s investigation, which has yet to produce evidence of election meddling.

Former Obama Era Officials On The Defensive

The former Director of National Intelligence under Obama, James Clapper, calls the claims that Obama authorized the contact “absurd.”

“There was great concern at the time, not just with this particular contact, but with the violation of the principle that historically had been followed of one president, one administration at a time,” he went on. “So to say that we blessed it, or acquiesced it is a stretch.”

Friday’s developments in the Mueller probe do nothing to prove any possible Trump-Russia collusion in the election to swing the electorate in favor of Trump.

While the investigation does provide evidence of dishonesty on the part of Flynn, the context remains murky.

Theories about the Obama administration’s role into the potential entrapment of Flynn are still in their infancy, but it’s plausible. The outgoing administration was in the best possible position to orchestrate such a plan.

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