The official story is that National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was asked to resign on Monday due to his controversial conversations with the Russian ambassador. In those talks, U.S. intelligence sources say, Flynn discussed the sanctions President Obama had levied against the Kremlin in retaliation for the hacking of the Democratic National Committee. He then told White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence and press secretary Sean Spicer, that the subject of the sanctions had never come up.
While none of this is disputed – even, now, by Flynn himself – sources inside the U.S. government say that the demise of Donald Trump’s right-hand man on national security has less to do with Russia…and more to do with Iran. Specifically, the Iran nuclear deal. According to a bombshell new report in the Washington Free Beacon, insider sources claim there is a cadre of Obama loyalists who were working overtime to discredit Flynn. Why? Because they feared he would reveal to the public previously-undisclosed aspects of the Iran deal, thus showing America just how disastrous the agreement was for our global security interests.
From the Washington Free Beacon:
“It’s actually Ben Rhodes, NIAC, and the Iranian mullahs who are celebrating today,” said one veteran foreign policy insider who is close to Flynn and the White House. “They know that the number one target is Iran … [and] they all knew their little sacred agreement with Iran was going to go off the books. So they got rid of Flynn before any of the [secret] agreements even surfaced.”
Flynn had been preparing to publicize many of the details about the nuclear deal that had been intentionally hidden by the Obama administration as part of its effort to garner support for the deal, these sources said.
Flynn is now “gone before anybody can see what happened” with these secret agreements, said the second insider close to Flynn and the White House.
If you take these sources at their word, the “Russian conspiracy theory” puzzle playing out in Washington begins to make a lot more sense. Just look at what’s happened over the past few weeks. There has been no indication that the Trump administration was getting ready to lift sanctions against Russia. On the contrary, we’ve heard several top members of the executive branch – including Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley – express support for the sanctions.
On the other hand, we’ve seen Trump make mention of dividing Iran and Russia. We’ve seen Flynn and others in the administration put Iran “on notice” for ballistic missile testing. This – not fears over Trump’s naivete regarding Vladimir Putin – could be what compelled U.S. intelligence insiders to hurry their plans to get rid of Flynn.
And, indeed, he is gone.
Now the question is: Can Trump root out disloyalty in his administration before Obama’s soldiers claim another victim?