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Friday, March 10, 2017

Slack-Jawed Astonishment





From a great Elliott Lusztig Tweetstorm about Trump and his foreign policy personnel:


Click through or here for the whole thing.

Perfectly said -- as much as know Trump's team is terrible, finding out that Mike Flynn has had to retroactively register as a foreign agent is just, I can't even...

On Wednesday, it was revealed that from September to November last year, while he was working as a top adviser to Trump’s presidential campaign, Flynn was lobbying for a firm linked to the Turkish government, earning $530,000. He and his company Flynn Intel Group Inc filed retroactive documents with the Department of Justice two days ago to register as a foreign agent.
Under the Foreign Agent Registration Act, US citizens who lobby on behalf of foreign governments or political entities must disclose their work to the justice department. Willfully failing to register is a felony, though the justice department rarely files criminal charges in such cases.
As part of Flynn’s lobbying for Inovo, a Dutch firm linked to the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan, Flynn penned an op-ed calling for a “radical” cleric (whom the Turkish government wants to extradite) to be booted out of the US.
After Flynn joined the Trump administration, he, like other incoming officials, agreed not to lobby for five years after leaving government service and never to represent foreign governments. Flynn’s newly disclosed lobbying would not have violated that pledge because it occurred before he joined the Trump administration in January, but the pledge would preclude Flynn from ever doing the same type of work again.

The treason has become predictable. The brazenness... there are no words, except for "slack-jawed astonishment."


UPDATE (3/10/2017, 9:03 AM):



They barely bother hiding it.

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