CIA gets Michael T. Flynn’s top deputy fired, amid exploding Donald Trump-Russia scandal
If you were wondering how long it would take before the Russian pee pee would hit the fan after Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael T. Flynn was caught colluding with the Russian government, you now have your answer: it’s already happening. In response to the exploding Trump-Russia scandal, the CIA has taken action this evening which directly resulted in Flynn’s top deputy being immediately forced out of a job.
The Central Intelligence Agency has now denied elite security clearance for Michael Flynn’s top National Security Council deputy Africa Robin Townley, meaning that Townley is immediately out of a job, as the clearance was required for the job. Incoming CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who was recently appointed by Donald Trump and is presumably still fully loyal to him, signed off on the denial of clearance. Assuming that Pompeo is acting on Trump’s orders, it means that Trump is now immediately freezing Michael Flynn and his staff out of power.
This stunning late night development comes shortly after Palmer Report concluded that the Trump administration was setting up Michael Flynn as a scapegoat on the Russia scandal, based on the moves today by Mike Pence to distance himself from his previous vouching for Flynn on Russia. It now raises the question of whether Flynn, who has been known to act erratically and rebelliously, could end up trying to take down Trump and Pence with him.
Flynn is now furious at the fact that the CIA has just purposely gotten his top deputy fired, according to Politico, which has broken the the CIA ousting of Townley. As of yet there’s no word on Flynn’s own security clearance being revoked, which would essentially cause him to be fired from his role as National Security Advisor. And again, we’re under the working assumption that Pompeo is acting on Trump’s orders. If the CIA Director has gone rogue against Trump, then that’ll be whole other scandal.
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