Michael Flynn

National Security Adviser [Resigned February 13, 2017]

  • 2010 A declassified U.S. miitary investigation in 2016 reveals that Flynn "inappropriately shared' classified information with foreign military officers in Afghanistan. (source)
  • 2012 Becomes director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and creates an atmosphere of misinformation and distrust. He is fired by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper in 2014 after 18 months. (source)
  • August 2014 Claims that Florida Democrats voted to impose Islamic Shariah law at the state and local level. (source) From the same speech: “This is Islamism, it is a vicious cancer inside the body of 1.7 billion people on this planet and it has to be excised.” (source)(source)
  • Asserts that radical Islam is allied with China, North Korea, Radvussia, Cuba and Venezuela. (source)
  • December 2015 Sits next to Vladimir Putin at a Russia Times (state-owned news) 10-year anniversary gala, and appears on RT as an analyst. (source)(source)
  • 2016 Interacts extensively on Twitter with white nationalist alt-right conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich, and urged his own followers to follow Cernovich. (source)
  • 2/26/16 Writes “Fear of Islam is RATIONAL: please forward this to others; the truth fears no questions” (source)
  • 7/14/16 Links to a tweet that falsely claimed Hillary Clinton was “wearing a hijab in solidarity with islamic terrorists,” and included a picture of Clinton from a trip to Pakistan as Secretary of State visiting a mosque with head covering for diplomatic courtesy. (source)
  • 8/9/16 Links to a tweet a conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton arranging the execution of an Iranian scientist because he was exposed on Clinton’s private email server. (source)
  • August 2016 In a speech in San Antonio: “This Sharia law business, what’s happening right here in the state of Texas is unbelievable.” (source)
  • August 2016 In a speech in Dallas: “When you, in the state of Texas, you, in the state of Texas—your legislators, your state representatives, your state senators, there's a bunch of them that would be willing to have Sharia law imposed in the state of Texas." (source)
  • September 2016 Reverses his positive opinion the attempted coup in Turkey after his intelligence firm was hired by someone connected to President Erdogan’s government. (source) Espouses the importance of Erdogan’s Turkey as an ally. (source)
  • 11/2/16 Tweets a false news story about a Hillary Clinton children sex ring.  (archived source)
  • 11/17/16 Son, Michael G. Flynn, revealed as being a voracious tweeter of racist statements as well as conspiracy theorists favored by his father. (source)
  • 11/23/16 Fails to disclose business ties to a Middle East energy company when doing business with a Turkish-owned Dutch company, in possible violation of federal law. (source)
  • 12/5/16 Called on by congressmen to put a stop to retweeting fake news and to disavow after a shooting incident at a D.C. pizzeria caused by a fake news story about Hillary Clinton and a child sex ring. (source)
  • 12/9/16 An interview on Brietbart radio contains Flynn claiming that he saw signs along the U.S.-Mexico border in Arabic meant to guide terrorists. (source)
  • 12/14/16 Deletes a Nov 2 tweet of a false news story about Hillary Clinton sex crimes with children. (source)
  • 12/19/16 Austrian far-right party leader Heinz-Christian Strache discloses that he met with Flynn several weeks ago in Trump Tower, and that he just signed a cooperation pact with Putin's political party, United Russia. (source)
  • 12/23/16 Reported that Flynn partnered in 2016 with a company co-run by a man convicted of trying to sell stolen biotech to the KGB in 1996. (source)
  • 12/29/16 Phones Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak several times on the day the Obama administration announces the expulsion of 35 Russian officials as well as other measures in retaliation for the hacking. The Logan Act (though never enforced) bars U.S. citizens from correspondence intending to influence a foreign government about “disputes” with the United States. (source)
  • 1/22/17 Hours after being sworn in as national security adviser, it is reported that Flynn has been under investigation by the FBI, CIA, NSA and other agencies for his ties with Russia. (source)
  • 1/28/17 Named the head of the National Security Council, while the Director of National Intelligence and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are ousted from the Council. (source)
  • 2/10/17 CIA denies security clearance to a key aide to Flynn, ending that aide's career and escalating tensions between the CIA and Flynn. (source)
  • 2/13/17 Resigns as National Security Adviser. Apologizes to Vice President Pence by phone, who days before publicly denied that Flynn had any contact with Russia on 12/29/16 about diplomatic explusions. Flynn has since denied and then vaguely admitted to speaking with the Russian Ambassador about the sanctions. (source)(resignation letter)
  • 2/17/17 New light on Flynn's knowledge at the time of a Jan 24 interview with the FBI indicates that he lied to investigators and is open to felony charges. (source)
  • 3/11/17 Is reported that he was attending secret intelligence briefings with then-candidate Donald Trump while he was being paid more than half a million dollars to lobby on behalf of the Turkish government. (NBCNews)
  • 3/30/17 Offers to be interviewed by House and Senate investigators who are examining the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia in exchange for immunity from prosecution. (NYT)
  • 4/1/17 Is reported that Flynn failed to disclose a payment by Russian state media outlet RT to him for speaking fees. (DailyBeast)(financial disclosure form)(amended disclosure form)
  • 4/25/17 The chairman of the House Oversight committee says that Flynn probably broke federal law by failing to disclose on a 2016 security clearance application that he had done business with Russia in 2015. (MiamiHerald)
  • 4/27/17 The Pentagon's inspector general launches an investigation into money that Flynn received from foreign groups, including $45,000 to appear with Putin at a Russia Today gala in 2015, and $530,000 paid to his company. (WaPo)
  • 5/10/17 After refusing to produce documents requested by the Senate Intelligence Committee, Flynn is subpoenaed by the committee. (CBSNews)
  • 5/18/17 Flynn's lawyers announce that they will not honor the Senate Intelligence Committee's subpoena. (CNN)
  • 5/23/17 Receives two more subpoenas from the Senate Intelligence Committee. (Politico)
  • 12/1/17 Pleads guilty to lying to the F.B.I. about conversations with the Russian ambassador last December during the presidential transition. (NYT)
  • 12/6/17 A whistleblower who was a business partner to Michael Flynn asserts that on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017, Flynn assured him that a business deal between them and Russia to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East would be "good to go" and that existing sanctions against Russia would summarily be "ripped up." (NYT)
  • 3/6/18 Puts his Virginia home up for sale to pay mounting legal fees, with an asking price of $895,000. (ABC)
  • 3/17/18 Campaigns for Republican Omar Navarro in La Quinta, California, who is running against 14-term Democratic Representative Maxine Waters. Navarro ran against Waters in 2016 and lost to her by more than 50 percentage points. (NBC)
  • 12/11/18 A sentencing memo reveals that Flynn sat with investigators for over 60 hours across 19 interview to provide them with all the information they wanted, resulting a recommendation of zero prison time. (NYT)(the sentencing memo)