Friday, March 10, 2017

Practical Application of Extreme Vetting to Secure the Homeland

Case in "Point"
As you no doubt recall Candidate Trump called for "extreme, extreme vetting" of immigrants to secure the Homeland.  While this call was focused on immigrants from certain Muslim majority countries, it would seem logical to expect that similar vetting would be applied to those in senior positions in the incoming Administration.  Like staffers with top secret security clearances allowing them access to intelligence reports, meetings of the National Security Council, etc.


greatagain.gov website  18 November 2016
“I am pleased that Lieutenant General Michael Flynn will be by my side as we work to defeat radical Islamic terrorism, navigate geopolitical challenges and keep Americans safe at home and abroad,” said President-elect Trump. “General Flynn is one of the country’s foremost experts on military and intelligence matters and he will be an invaluable asset to me and my administration.”

Washington Post  14 February 2017
Michael Flynn, the national security adviser to President Trump, resigned late Monday over revelations about his potentially illegal contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States, and his misleading statements about the matter to senior Trump administration officials.

Business Insider   10 March 2017

President Donald Trump was not aware that his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was being paid to lobby for Turkish interests in the months leading up the US election, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday.
But Rep. Elijah Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent Pence a letter on November 18 requesting more information about the potential conflicts of interest posed by Flynn's lobbying work.
Cummings sent the letter four days after both the Daily Caller and Politico reported that Flynn's consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, Inc., had been hired to lobby for Turkish interests.
rightscoop website 18 November. 

But Flynn was compensated by the Flynn Intel Group, where he serves as a principal and which has registered as a lobbying firm for a Dutch company owned by a Turkish businessman with close ties to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The relationship is more than professional, apparently. Flynn has called for the extradition to Turkey of the cleric Fethullah Gülen, whom he called a “shady Islamic mullah” who lives in exile in the Poconos and on whom Erdogan has blamed a failed July coup attempt (among a host of other sins).

Like The Daily Caller, RS is considered a "conservative" forum.  So both right and left and those in between called this back in November.

Right out in the open. 

Yet, the WH missed it  That's "extreme vetting" with both a capital "E" and "V"!

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