Ben Rhodes and other former Obama administration officials were part of a secret cabal that plotted the downfall of White House national security adviser Michael Flynn months ago, investigative reporter Adam Kredo reports at the Washington Free Beacon.
Flynn’s sudden resignation Monday night was “the culmination of a secret, months-long campaign by former Obama administration confidantes to handicap President Donald Trump’s national security apparatus and preserve the nuclear deal with Iran, according to multiple sources in and out of the White House who described to the Washington Free Beacon a behind-the-scenes effort by these officials to plant a series of damaging stories about Flynn in the national media.”
Eli Lake of Bloomberg News has a different view. He rejects the notion that Flynn “resigned because he lied about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the vice president.” To him, it’s not even clear that Flynn lied. “He says in his resignation letter that he did not deliberately leave out elements of his conversations with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak when he recounted them to Vice President Mike Pence.”
A better explanation here is that Flynn was just thrown under the bus. His tenure as national security adviser, the briefest in U.S. history, was rocky from the start. When Flynn was attacked in the media for his ties to Russia, he was not allowed by the White House to defend himself. Over the weekend, he was instructed not to speak to the press when he was in the fight for his political life. His staff was not even allowed to review the transcripts of his call to the Russian ambassador.
It’s an interesting theory.
But returning to Kredo’s article, Obama national security propagandist Rhodes, who bragged about creating a media “echo chamber” to promote the botched nuclear nonproliferation agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran, was part of a team that flooded media outlets with stories calculated to destroy Flynn’s credibility. “The operation primarily focused on discrediting Flynn, an opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, in order to handicap the Trump administration’s efforts to disclose secret details of the nuclear deal with Iran that had been long hidden by the Obama administration.”
Not long after Election Day Obama loyalists began planning to derail Trump’s national security efforts.
National security insiders told Kredo that the Obama people carried out “a very troublesome and politicized series of leaks designed to undermine” Flynn.
Flynn, a source said, was determined to make many of the unseemly details of the dangerously unenforceable nuclear pact public that the Obama administration had deliberately suppressed to win support for the deal. But now Flynn is “gone before anybody can see what happened” to the secret side deals the administration attached to the agreement.
It is Rhodes, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), “and the Iranian mullahs who are celebrating today,” said one insider. “They know that the number one target is Iran … [and] they all knew their little sacred agreement with Iran was going to go off the books. So they got rid of Flynn before any of the [secret] agreements even surfaced.”