Descent into Darkness: The Timeline of Michael Flynn

When you are given immunity, that means you’ve probably committed a crime.
— Michael Flynn, Meet the Press, Sep. 2016
And if you’re not guilty of a crime, what do you need immunity for, right?
— Donald trump, Campaign Rally, Sep. 2016

From his role as a Democrat as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, to his short-lived position of National Security Adviser, this is the definitive timeline of Michael Flynn, based only upon facts and verifiable evidence.  How could a deeply compromised foreign agent such as Michael Flynn have ascended to such a pivotal role in trump's campaign and administration?  The most powerful man in the country in terms of National Security was himself a national security threat!  In light of the evidence coming forward in regards to trump and his relation to the Russians, it's becoming more difficult to believe this is mere coincidence.  Judge for yourself:

          Flynn sits at the right hand of Vladomir Putin during an RT gala for which Michael Flynn was paid tens of thousands of dollars.

          Flynn sits at the right hand of Vladomir Putin during an RT gala for which Michael Flynn was paid tens of thousands of dollars.

**April 2014** - Flynn is fired as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency ("abusive with staff, didn't listen, worked against policy, bad management, etc." according to Colin Powell) [source]

**October 2014** - Retaining his top-level national security clearance, Flynn founds Flynn Intel Group, a consulting firm, and starts performing intelligence work for foreign clients.

**Late Summer 2015** - Flynn begins advising the Trump campaign ([source]

**August 2015** - Flynn receives a $15,000 speaking fee from Volga-Dnepr Airlines, a Russian airfreight company that the United Nations had suspended from its list of approved vendors after a corruption scandal involving an indicted Russian United Nations official [source]

Flynn appears on Russian state-media propaganda giant RT to push conspiracy theory.

Flynn appears on Russian state-media propaganda giant RT to push conspiracy theory.

**October 2015** - Flynn receives an additional $15,000 speaking fee from the subsidiary of a Russian company specializing in “uncovering Western government spyware,” Kaspersky Lab. Ruslan Stoyanov, head of Kaspersky's computer incidents investigation unit is later arrested in Russia, for treason, in December 2016 [source]

**December 2015** - Seated [directly at Vladimir Putin's right hand] Flynn appears at a gala hosted by Kremlin-controlled Russia Today (RT). He receives more than $45,000 for participating in he event. The event occurred in Russia, and his travel and accommodations were covered [source].

**February 2016** - Flynn increases his role with the Trump campaign and is later vetted as a possible Trump VP pick [source].

**July 2016** - Flynn leads crowds at the Republican National Convention in chants of "Lock her up!", saying "if I did a tenth of what she did, I would be in jail today!" [source].

**August 9, 2016** - Flynn signs a contract on with Inovo, a Dutch firm owned by Ekim Alptekin, the chairman of the Turkish-American Business Council, appointed by Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Flynn is assigned to investigate Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric who lives in Pennsylvania and was blamed by Erdogan for helping instigate a failed coup [source]. Flynn ultimately receives $530,000 before the contract terminated in November 2016.

**August 17, 2016** - Flynn begins attending classified intelligence briefings with candidate Trump [source].

**September 2016** - Flynn meets with Turkey's ministers of foreign affairs and energy, Erdogan's son-in-law, and other officials at an undisclosed New York hotel, in a meeting arranged by Alptekin. Among other topics, Flynn discusses a plan for "a covert step in the dead of night to whisk [Gulen] away" without going through the legal extradition process [source 1], [source 2].

**November 8, 2016** - Flynn publishes a lengthy op-ed entitled "Our ally Turkey is in crisis and needs our support". He states that "We need to see the world from Turkey’s perspective" and brands Gulen as "a radical Islamist". Flynn did not disclose to the publisher that he was being paid by Inovo [source].

**November 18, 2016** - Flynn accepts president-elect Trump's offer of the position of National Security Advisor.

**Nov./Dec. 2016** - Flynn allegedly meets with Austrian far-right Freedom Party leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, at Trump Tower. Strache announces weeks later that his party has signed a cooperation agreement with Vladimir Putin's ruling party. The Trump transition team later denied that the meeting occurred [source].

**December 2016** - Flynn secretly discusses relief from U.S. sanctions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak on the same day the Obama administration announced retaliatory measures in response to interference in the presidential campaign by the Russian government [source]. Flynn later lies to the FBI about the discussions in an interview in January 2017 [source].

**January 20, 2017** - Flynn officially becomes Trump's National Security Advisor.

**January 22, 2017** - The Wall Street Journal reports that Flynn is under investigation by U.S. counterintelligence agents for his communications with Russian officials [source].

**February 2017** - Flynn is forced out of his role as NSA after The Washington Post reports that Acting Attorney General Sally Yates had warned the Trump White House in late January that Flynn had not been truthful about his contacts with Russia related to sanctions and that he was vulnerable to blackmail by Russian intelligence [source].

**March 2017** - Flynn files papers acknowledging that he worked as a foreign agent in 2016 representing the interests of the Turkish government in a dispute with the United States [source].

**Late March 2017** Flynn tells the FBI and congressional officials investigating the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russia that he is willing to be interviewed in exchange for a grant of immunity from prosecution [source].

**April 2017** Documents emerge proving Flynn had received monetary payments directly from RT and other Russian firms while still working in the White House as National Security Adviser.  This was kept a secret as he did not disclose the information at the time [source].

-Adam Mantine

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