Now that Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has resigned after not fully informing administration officials about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the United States during the transition period, questions are swirling about what this means for the president.
However, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh says that Flynn’s actions and resignation raise some questions for another president — namely, Barack Obama.
According to Fox News, Flynn’s resignation was triggered by phone conversation Flynn had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak regarding sanctions, which could have technically violated federal law that prohibits private citizens from interfering in negotiations with foreign governments.
On his Wednesday show, Limbaugh said that this raises some major questions about the Obama administration.
“To show you just how lame the media is and how little they’ve got, they’re already asking, ‘what did Trump know and when did he know it,’ and that’s not the question. The question is, ‘what did Barack Obama know and when did he know it and what has he engineered here?’” Limbaugh said. “This all happened with Flynn back in December. Trump had not even been inaugurated yet. And it’s still mysterious to me what really happened.”
Indeed, the Wall Street Journal confirmed that intelligence sources had intercepted some of the calls, which would have meant that President Obama, who was still in office at the time, could have been aware of them.
Limbaugh also pointed out Flynn’s links to the Obama administration.
“In September 2011, Mike Flynn was promoted to lieutenant general assigned to the office of the Director of National Intelligence by Barack Obama. On April 17, 2012, President Barack Obama nominated Michael Flynn to be the 18th director of the Defense Intelligence Agency,” Limbaugh said.
“The Defense Department has its own intel operation and he ran it, as opposed to the Central Intelligence Agency. It’s called the DIA, and it’s big, and it’s relevant, and it’s important, and it does great work, and Flynn ran it after having been promoted to lead it by Obama in 2012. He took command of the DIA in July of 2012. He is a member of the Democrat Party, according to Wikipedia. Michael Flynn is a member of the Democrat Party.”
Limbaugh raises some interesting questions about the Obama administration’s response to this. If the Wall Street Journal was correct, and intelligence officials knew about these calls, did they pass this information on to the Obama administration? One is hard pressed to think of a situation in which they wouldn’t. If this was such a concern, why on earth didn’t Obama take action?
It’s a curious question that we hope the media probes in the days and weeks to come. In addition to Flynn’s conduct within the Trump administration, the Obama administration’s role also needs to be sussed out.
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