CNN Exclusive: Grand Jury Subpoenas Issued in FBI's Russia Investigation

It's 10:30 PM in Washington , D.C., about 5 hours after it was announced that Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.  The "reasons" the Justice Department and the White House have issued (thus far - who knows what tomorrow might bring!) is that Comey war fired because of his handling of the Clinton e-mail scandal.  But just like as with Trump's difficulties with the Muslim Travel Ban that now the Trump Administration claims wasn't directed against a religious group (which would constitute an unconstitutional act based on the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution) the "explanations" for Comey's firing just make no sense.  Are nonsensical based on Trump's words themselves. Remember, Trump was probably unhappy that Comey didn't bring criminal charges against Clinton but was vociferous in his condemnation of Hillary's carelessness, sloppiness and potential security risks as Comey himself attested to during his talk to us in absolving Hillary of criminal intent. 

How can it be, one possibly might ask, that Trump applauded Comey's backhanded condemnation of Clinton last year but now says that he fired Comey because of his "handling" of the very same Clinton e-mail scandal that Trump used to blast Hillary Clinton as a criminal who should be locked up?  Jailed?  Put in prison?.  HIs supporters loved it and loved him for it!   Something smells here.  So what could possibly account for Trump's complete 180 degree turnaround?    

Here's a clue from CNN:

Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn seeking business records, as part of the ongoing probe of Russian meddling in last year's election, according to people familiar with the matter. CNN learned of the subpoenas hours before President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey.
The subpoenas represent the first sign of a significant escalation of activity in the FBI's broader investigation begun last July into possible ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia.
The subpoenas issued in recent weeks by the US Attorney's Office in Alexandria, Virginia, were received by associates who worked with Flynn on contracts after he was forced out as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014, according to the people familiar with the investigation.
Robert Kelner, an attorney for Flynn, declined to comment. The US Attorney's Office in Alexandria, the Justice Department and the FBI also declined to comment.
Investigators have been looking into possible wrongdoing in how Flynn handled disclosures about payments from clients tied to foreign governments including Russia and Turkey, US officials briefed on the matter have told CNN.
The Flynn inquiry is one piece of the broader investigation, which FBI Director James Comey testified in a Senate hearing last week is led jointly by the Alexandria US Attorney's Office and the Justice Department's National Security Division.
Flynn was forced to resign as Trump's national security advisor in February after failing to disclose the nature of phone discussions with Russia's ambassador in Washington, Sergey Kislyak.
Congressional investigators have also accused Flynn of possibly breaking the law by not properly disclosing a $45,000 payment for an appearance he made at an event in Moscow to celebrate Russia Today. The Russian government-funded news outlet that US intelligence agencies say played a key role in disseminating stolen emails intended to damage the candidacy of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
Flynn's lawyer, Robert Kelner, has said that Flynn was not hiding anything, noting that he briefed the DIA on his trip to Russia.
"As has previously been reported, General Flynn briefed the Defense Intelligence Agency, a component agency of DoD, extensively regarding the RT speaking event trip both before and after the trip, and he answered any questions that were posed by DIA concerning the trip during those briefings," Kelner said in a statement
In March, Flynn's lobbying firm registered as a foreign agent for the Turkish government, under a $500,000 contract.
Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, emerged in 2015 as a strident critic of the Obama administration, which fired him. He built a close relationship last year with then-candidate Trump and became a frequent Trump campaign surrogate before assuming a brief tenure as national security advisor.
US Attorney Dana Boente, whose office issued the subpoenas, is also leading the investigation into WikiLeaks and the effort to bring possible charges against the group's founder, Julian Assange. Boente is also acting as head of the Justice Department's national security section.
The FBI interviewed Flynn about the December calls with Kislyak and determined that he wasn't intentionally trying to be deceptive about the nature of what was discussed, according to US officials briefed on the investigation. investigators have been investigating Flynn's business ties after he left the government and before he joined the Trump administration.

NOTE:  Does this make sense to you?  If not, let me remind you of a small but vital piece of American history.  William Jefferson Clinton was only the second President in U.S. history who has been impeached.  (Nixon resigned before being impeached by the House of Representatives but after articles of impeachment had been drawn up.)  The other one was back in 1868 when President Andrew Johnson was impeached as a fallout from the Civil War.  Clinton?  He was impeached when a Washington D.C. Grand Jury who had heard testimony from President Bill Clinton concluded that he had lied to them when he testified that he "did not have sexual relations with that woman." The "woman" being one Monica Lewinsky who had serviced Clinton with a consensual blow job in the White House.  How do we know it was consensual?  Well, with the recipient sitting at a desk and the giver on her knees in the kneehole of the desk, there is no way that Clinton could have physically forced Lewinsky do give him a blow job in this position.
But I digress.  If you think it is a coincidence that Grand Jury subpoenas served on Michale Flynn's associates is merely a coincidence then you must also believe that Mexico continues to send rapists, drug lords and criminals over our southern border.  That is a lie just as is the Trump Administration's claim that Comey was fired for "mishandling" the Clinton e-mail investigation. It is simply implausible.  
While comparisons to Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre" might be a stretch (after all Comey was fired on a Tuesday afternoon, so there's that) it is eerily reminiscent of President Nixon's firing of Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibold Cox when things got a bit too dicey for Nixon, too close, let's say, for comfort.  That action resulted in the articles of impeachment that were prepared by the House of Representatives but Nixon resigned before they could be implemented.
But have no doubt that Trump has earned the everlasting animosity of the FBI.  The entire 34,000 member organization, as a matter of fact.  The manner in which the Trump Administration fired Comey was an egregious breach of comity, decency and bureaucratic protocol of all things government.  The man was out in California addressing some FBI gathering and apparently learned of his firing from television news reports. Trump did not call him back to D.C. to personally inform him of his action, did not notify the FBI organization itself, but allegedly sent Comey an e-mail to tell him he was fired.  What Trump has done, given his "The Apprentice" experience, is that he is acting like the reality show boss he portrayed who can fire folks willy nilly for whatever reason he deems is appropriate.  That's not how things work in government and it's not how things work in D.C.  
Trump - as he has demonstrated time and time again in his 100+ days in office - has no idea of the vitriolic animosity that he has just earned (and rightly so) from the entire Department of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. These folks don't play.  They take their jobs seriously and are not kindly disposed to political interference or cover ups related to their "we are doing God's work" jobs.    
Don't be mislead.  Trump's actions point to actions that are designed to cover-up. Nothing more. Nothing less.  I'm hopeful that the Grand Jury news from CNN is real.  I suspect that it is because these is the kinds of legal actions that make perpetrator's blood run cold.  I have a feeling that Trump's blood is pretty frozen right now.

Take Care Folks.  It's a Political Jungle Out There!             



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