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Mike Flynn forced his way into the Trump administration by crashing a private Trump Tower meeting: report

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President Donald Trump’s decision to fire Chris Christie as transition chief three days after the election played a critical role in retired General Mike Flynn’s appointment as National Security Advisor, according to a new report in Politico. President Trump fired Flynn in February after just 24 days on the job.

White House reporter Nancy Cook covered the Trump transition for Politico and explained how Flynn got so close to President Trump.

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Christie had “deep reservations” about Flynn, whom vetting had concluded “suffered from poor judgement and espoused far-out ideas on foreign policy.”

The vetting was trashed, literally, by Trump strategist Steve Bannon, who threw binders of potential nominations “into trash bins with a sense of ceremonial glee.”

Shortly after the election, Flynn “crashed” a meeting on the 25th floor of Trump Tower, attended by Christie, Bannon, Rick Dearborn, Jeff Sessions, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kusher, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr.

Ivanka reportedly praised Flynn’s campaigning and loyalty, asking what role he would like in the administration.

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Flynn responded he wanted to be Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, or National Security Advisor.

And by mid-November, Flynn had the job of National Security Advisor, unleashing a chain of events that now threatens to end the Trump administration.

NBC News is reporting that special counsel Robert Mueller has enough evidence to charge Michael Flynn. Flynn is also reportedly worried his son, Michael Flynn Jr, is in legal jeopardy.

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Flynn and his son allegedly plotted to kidnap a Muslim cleric living in the United States and hand him over to Turkey for $15 million.

All of this has lead legal observers to conclude that Flynn is likely the next domino to fall in the Russia investigation.


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Republicans lack the ‘moxie’ to defend America’s Kurdish allies in Syria: Ex-RNC Chair

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Republicans will criticize President Donald Trump on foreign policy, but lack the nerve to do anything meaningful to protect America's Kurdish allies in northern Syria, the former chair of the Republican Party explained on MSNBC on Wednesday.

MSNBC's Chuck Todd interviewed Steele about what it would take for Republicans to serve as a check on the president.

"I think the only way to make him change his mind is -- he’s got to think they might walk," Todd said.

"Well, that would require a level of moxie that we haven’t seen from the leadership," Steele replied.

"On the foreign policy space, I think that’s the one area where we’ve seen people actually start to push back rhetorically," he noted. "But I don’t know if internally they’ve really sat down with the president and go, 'This is how damaging this is, this is how troublesome it is, and this is the problem you’re having inside the caucus.' I just don’t — at least from the folks I’ve talked to, I haven’t gotten the sense they’ve gone there yet."

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Here are the two Trump claims that the Pentagon chief refused to vouch for

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The White House meeting Wednesday afternoon didn't go well for either party, according to their counterparts. Both sides are dishing on details, including a Democratic aide who said that there were two of President Donald Trump's claims that his own Pentagon chief wouldn't vouch for.

At the onset of the meeting, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) began by reading a quote from Gen. James Mattis, who briefly served in Trump's administration.

"But POTUS cut Schumer off," reported PBS News correspondent Lisa Desjardins. Trump then "said that Gen Mattis was: 'the world’s most overrated general. You know why? He wasn’t tough enough. I captured ISIS. Mattis said it would take 2 yrs. I captured them in 1 month."

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Former Clinton lawyer scolds Trump’s White House counsel on impeachment: ‘we never considered’ behaving this way

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On Tuesday, Lanny Breuer, a special counsel who worked for President Bill Clinton's White House, wrote an open letter in the Washington Post to President Donald Trump's White House Counsel Pat Cipollone — telling him that, while he understands an impeachment is a horrible thing for an administration to go through, Clinton and his lawyers would never have behaved the way Trump is now.

"In 1998, we felt under siege," wrote Breuer. "We argued at the time, as you do in your letter, that Congress should provide additional procedural protections to the president ... For example, instead of conducting its own investigation, the committee relied almost exclusively on [independent counsel Ken] Starr’s report, which had serious flaws. The House took only three months to adopt articles of impeachment, and we had only two days to present our witnesses. The president’s personal lawyer, David Kendall, had only 30 minutes to question Starr. We felt this was deeply unfair and a derogation of the House’s constitutional duty to investigate thoroughly whether impeachment was warranted."

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