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    Following Michael Flynn's resignation as US President Donald Trump's national security adviser, the President's entourage led by Vice President Mike Pence may take a harder line on Moscow, Russian academic Alexey Fenenko assumed. According to Fenenko, Flynn's resignation will not be the last one.

    After General Michael Flynn's resignation as Donald Trump's national security advisor, the US President's political environment may push him toward a new confrontation with Russia, Alexey Fenenko, Associate Professor at Moscow State University's World Politics Department, told RIA Novosti.

    "This means the weakening of the wing which stands for a constructive dialogue with Russia and China. I think that there will be more people in Trump's entourage pushing him to take a hard line on Russia. First of all it's the present Vice President [Mike Pence]. This group will really push [Trump] toward a new confrontation," Fenenko assumed.

    Flynn resigned on Monday night amid speculations that he could have misled Vice President Pence about his phone conversation with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak before Trump's inauguration.

    "Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador. I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology," Flynn wrote in his resignation letter.

    Richard Pollock of the Daily Caller News Foundation highlighted Tuesday that in the final hours before his resignation Flynn told the media outlet that he "crossed no lines" in his talk with Russia's Ambassador Kislyak.

    Pollock pointed out that the former National Security Adviser "was most concerned" about the fact that classified information is being leaked by people, who are entrusted with national security secrets, to reporters.

    "In some of these cases, you're talking about stuff that's taken off of a classified system and given to a reporter. That's a crime," Flynn told the media outlet.

    "We have to wonder that people who work for our government, who are entrusted with classified information, decisional-based materials are leaking that information out. That, I do believe is a big story," he said voicing serious concerns about the "politicization of intelligence."

    In his recent op-ed, Bloomberg View columnist Eli Lake echoed Flynn.

    "Selectively disclosing details of private conversations monitored by the FBI or NSA gives the permanent state the power to destroy reputations from the cloak of anonymity. This is what police states do," Lake wrote.

    The columnist noted that while it's possible that Flynn had more links with Russia that he kept secret from his colleagues it's equally possible that "a group of national security bureaucrats and former Obama officials are selectively leaking highly sensitive law enforcement information to undermine the elected government."

    In response to Lake's article President Trump tweeted Wednesday: "Thank you to Eli Lake of The Bloomberg View — 'The NSA & FBI…should not interfere in our politics…and is' Very serious situation for USA."

    Radio Sputnik contributor Ilya Kharlamov suggested that the media fuss over Flynn's phone conversation was part of a broader pattern of the anti-Russia campaign launched under the previous administration.

    Kharlamov believes that Trump's opponents seek to force the US President into following in the footsteps of his predecessor, Barack Obama, and adopting a tougher stance toward Russia. However, if that doesn't work, they will try to impeach Trump, the Russian journalist suggested.

    Indeed, US mainstream media have recently raised the alarm over Trump's alleged ties with Russia during his election campaign.

    On Tuesday, the New York Times and CNN reported that Trump's aides and associates had contacts with Russian intelligence services, citing unnamed American officials.

    What deserves special attention is that no proof has yet been presented to confirm these claims.

    Callum Borches of the Washington Post pointed out that "both of the stories use zero on-the-record sources to back up their claims."

    Borches added that the two media outlets admitted that there is still no evidence to prove Trump's "collusion" with Russia as well as no proof that his aides' alleged conversations with Moscow "had anything to do with Mr. Trump himself."

    "The bottom line is there is no proof that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the presidential election. Absent such proof, the significance of communication between the campaign and Russian intelligence officials is unclear," Borches pointed out.

    According to Fenenko, Flynn's ouster has not dealt a heavy blow to the Trump administration. However, the Russian scholar doesn't exclude the possibility of further reshuffling of the cabinet.

    "I think this will not be the last resignation," Fenenko said.

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    • avatar
      Marcion Sinope
      The (((deep state))) can't decide who they hate more - Trump or Putin.

      Entire organizations and departments will need to be disbanded, with some being rebuilt from the ground up and some not being replaced but rather folded into existing, trusted bureaus.

      Trying to root out each (((traitor))) from his individual crevice will simply take too much time.
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      nonyank
      Now that Trump is going on about information leaks, a quick look at Trumps own history reveals a man pretending to be up to five different people that called publications trying to sell them juicy gossip scoops, and who today has an endless Twitter addiction....the FBI and CIA need not look far to discover the Leaker in Chief is in fact Donald Trump himself!
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      double bonus
      ["In some of these cases, you're talking about stuff that's taken off of a classified system and given to a reporter. That's a crime," Flynn told the media outlet. "We have to wonder that people who work for our government, who are entrusted with classified information, decisional-based materials are leaking that inform-ation out. That, I do believe is a big story," he said voicing serious concerns
      about the "politicization of intelligence."]

      Okay, so people are criminally leaking classified information to the media,
      and Flynn backs away, steps down, and resigns? Hey Michael Flynn,
      why are you abandoning the American People to a "Police State"?
      Why don't you stand up and fight this?

      If you have committed NO CRIME, and the leakers are committing crimes on purpose with a criminal motive; then why did you pretend you were in the wrong, and quit? You were obviously FRAMED! You cannot just walk away, sir! You need to come back and defend the US Constitution from these Domestic Enemies of the United States!

      General Flynn, please don't surrender the American People to these Police State tactics of the US Media, without at least putting up a fight, first. Why are you abandoning US? Why are you running away from your responsibilities as a General, and leaving US to the doom of these wretched Criminals?

      Please come back, and hold these criminal leakers accountable; bring them to justice; and fight for the freedom of the American People against this US Media Tyranny! Don't just walk away and resign with your tail between your legs.

      Get off your knees, stand back up, get back on the horse; and start fighting back again. Hold these criminals accountable. They are committing REAL CRIMES, and you have just been FRAMED for doing NOTHING WRONG! Don't you stand for ANYTHING, General Flynn? Why are you just walking away and giving up over NOTHING?
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      chrrevin reply todouble bonus(Show commentHide comment)
      double bonus, absolutely right.
    • playnice
      Mike Pence spend Super Bowl weekend with the Bushes and Jim Baker--a group seriously opposed to the Trump administration and Trump himself. Right after that weekend Flynn is accused of misleading Pence and is pressured to resign. Big mistake Trump accepting his resignation. Maybe a misstake the new administration can not overcome. The coup is on and that snake Pence stands to win. Pence is not my president!
    • avatar
      double bonus
      Trump has to reverse himself on this, or he may be dooming himself in the future. Nobody is infallible except for the Pope and Q. Everyone else, is on a learning curve. Trump is under so much media pressure, that if he cannot be flexible enough to bring Flynn back, and just label this as an innocent political rookie mistake; then he may doom himself to being run out of office.

      Now his enemies know his biggest weakness; that he cannot admit mistakes and reverse himself. He has to start now, over Michael Flynn; because Flynn is too crucial a member of his administration and wasn't disposable. If Trump makes a pattern of sacrificing crucial people to Media frame-ups and false allegations, while having done NOTHING WRONG; then ALL of his people are vulnerable.

      He cannot set this pattern of catering to the media; and letting the media destroy his best people. Nobody has accused Flynn of doing anything wrong. Trump needs to bring him back in, somehow. Doesn't Trump still have the presidential power to choose his own staff?

      So, there was a miscommunication about a false resignation signal. Trump can still invalidate his resignation and bring Flynn back, can't he? I sure hope he can. This is a fatal blow by the media, if Trump caves in to this. I sure hope he does a better job of standing up to the media, and defending his own people???

    • avatar
      earlw35
      J Edgar Hoover, wouldn't put up with this mess, with holding info from the president, what should be done is that Hoover would have dug some dirt up on the likes of Lynsi Graham, John McCain and others Dem or Republican.
    • avatar
      double bonus
      There was a news article written last Sunday, that said that Michael Flynn would never resign over this, that he wasn't being asked to resign; and his resignation wasn't even on the table. Then, the next night, he resigns.

      Sorry if support for him didn't come earlier but after reading his article that he would "never resign", it looked like things were okay? Now, all this News is just a boldface lie.

      But, Michael Flynn cannot just be allowed to be framed and to walk away. He is already a Retired General and obviously has a pension, so he doesn't need this job. But, the American People need him in this job. He was serving the people.

      That's why the US Media was attacking him so bad. Because they are trying to bring in the police state, and take all of our freedoms away. This wasn't a "job" for Michael Flynn, but it was purely public service. There is a difference between "public service" and "doing a job". Trump and Pence needed to give him more leeway in this.

      How can you ever possibly mend ties with Russia, if you would just let someone with his knowledge and experience with Russia go; because he was doing his job communicating with Russia, and has just come under an unjustified political assault.

      Instead of letting Flynn resign, now it is increasingly clear that Trump may have to prosecute Hillary Clinton for her criminality. You let her get away with it, and they are not merciful about it in return; but instead unjustly and criminally attack your own people. Clinton and her camp have no moral boundaries. You have to use the law and hold them criminally accountable, or they will rule over everyone with an iron fist, and turn the United States into even more of a police state.

      Why were you even elected, Pres. Trump?. Because the American People are sick of political correctness. Don't cave into it now, Mr. Trump. Stand up to Political Correctness and fight back. You obviously don't have that much experience being unjustly shattered by political correctness, until now, but YOU HAVE TO OVERCOME IT. That is what you were elected for. If you cannot overcome this unjust Media persecution, and choose your own staff, like Michael Flynn, then everyone else without the power that you have now, is doomed to even worse that you are.

      Please step up and set the standard for fighting back against political correctness. Show us how it is done! Hire Michael Flynn back, reverse the Russian Sanctions; fumigate the Intelligence Agencies; and stand up and use your power for the justice of the American People.

      Please don't cave in to the political idiots you are surrounded with in Congress and in the Media. Take a stand against political correctness, and show everyone in the United States of America how it is done. Show us that freedom still has the possibility to exist in America still.
    • avatar
      BobbyMyseh
      In his book, "National Security and Double Government", author Michael J Glennon argues that the US has become a bureaucracy, with strong top bureaucrats (often intelligence, security, and defense elites) actually running the government, and highly influencing matters of policy.

      Obama, despite a campaign promise of change, carried on many of the most controversial policies of Bush, after alleged threats to make him appear weak on security and defense issues.

      Despite his strong authoritarian and tyrannical attitudes, Trump (like all US Presidents) is hardly a sovereign leader. The problem with electing unethical/immoral scum like Obama, or Clinton, or Trump, or Bush, etc. is that their pasts will come back to haunt them. Presidents are those that can be best controlled. The "people" (the general populace) have no real say over elections of US presidents, they are carefully selected by certain elite, elite that can control them.
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      BobbyMysehin reply toearlw35(Show commentHide comment)
      earlw35,
      Huh?

      Hoover built his FBI files into an intimidating weapon, not just for fighting crime but also for bullying government officials and critics and destroying careers. The files covered a dizzying kaleidoscope — Presidents, Supreme Court justices such as Louis Brandeis and Felix Frankfurter, movie stars Mary Pickford and Marilyn Monroe, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, physicist Albert Einstein, Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller III, among others — often replete with unconfirmed gossip about private sex lives and radical ties.

      By 1960, the FBI had open, “subversive” files on some 432,000 Americans. Hoover deemed the most sensitive files as “personal and confidential” and kept them in his office, where his secretary, Helen Gandy, could watch them. Today, with some lingering exceptions, Hoover’s FBI files are open for any American to see at the National Archives. They make fascinating reading and paint a stark portrait of power run amok.

      I think you're completely missing the point here......Hoover helped those that helped him. He attempted to destroy those that crossed him. Much the same could be said of current intelligence & security elite. The problem is power run amok in the bureaucratic levels (well that, and growing authoritarian attitudes of US presidents).
    • avatar
      michael
      one does have to wonder what strength the usg has for a so-called hard line. It may very well be wishful thinking on the part of elements of the usg and fear mongering on the part of the analyst.
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