A CNN analyst made a pretty bold claim during a panel discussion on Friday night. Juliette Kayyem, a former Department of Homeland Security official in the Obama administration and a lecturer at Harvard University, said that from her sources, and what has been “openly reported,” it increasingly looks like Michael Flynn may have a deal with the FBI.
FBI Director James Comey confirmed last week that his investigators are probing ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign. In a CNN segment, Kayyem noted that former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, and former Trump aide Roger Stone have all agreed to speak with the U.S. House Intelligence Committee which is probing the Russia deal.
“The name that is not mentioned is a name that I mention often on this show is the name Mike Flynn, the former national security advisor. It is starting to look like from my sources and from open reporting that Mike Flynn is the one that may have a deal with the FBI and that is why we haven’t heard from him for some time,” Kayyem said.
— Juliette Kayyem (@juliettekayyem) March 25, 2017
Flynn was fired by Trump as National Security Advisor after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of conversations he had with the Russian ambassador.
The clip with Kayyem’s statements went viral over the weekend, and on Saturday night, Kayyen followed up with a Facebook post clarifying “I did not say on this segment that I have any confirmation that he is actually cooperating or that I have talked to anyone who does. My informed analysis of this case is based on my years of experience in the national security arena.”
There is a lot of attention today on the CNN segment last night. I, as have others in the national security field, have observed that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is potentially a key figure in the investigation; I have said so many times for many weeks. Last night, I noted that other Trump players named in recent stories have agreed to speak in front of the House Intel Committee and that Flynn has not. And I stated that it raises a question about whether he may have a deal with the FBI. Moreover, sources I have talked to in the field also are increasingly wondering the same thing. But, to be clear, I did not say on this segment that I have any confirmation that he is actually cooperating or that I have talked to anyone who does. My informed analysis of this case is based on my years of experience in the national security arena.
A Flynn spokesperson declined to comment to The Daily Caller.
“I don’t have anything on that,” Flynn spokesman Price Floyd told the outlet.
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