Michael Flynn

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Title Michael Flynn
Date published 2021-12-23
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Summary Michael Thomas Flynn, a retired United States Army lieutenant general, was the 25th U.S. National Security Advisor for the first 22 days of the Trump administration. A noted conspiracy theorist with military expertise in propaganda and psychological warfare, Flynn is a notable proponent of the pro-Trump QAnon   conspiracy theory. Flynn's ideology is neoconservative and neo-fascist.
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Michael Thomas Flynn
Professional / Career Details
Name Michael Thomas Flynn
Previous positions
Military Service
Allegiance United States
Branch or service U.S. Army
Years of service 1981-2014
Rank Lieutenant General  (3-star)
Battles / Wars
Personal Details
Name Michael Thomas Flynn
Born 1958-12-24
Birthplace Middletown, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
Spouse Lori Andrade (m. 1981)
Marital status Married
  • Father: Charles Francis Flynn (small-town banker)
  • Mother: Helen Frances (née Andrews; realtor)
Nationality American
Founder of
  • Flynn Intel Group  (founded 2014; closed 2016)
  • Subsidiaries:
    • FIG Cyber, Inc.
    • FIG Aviation
Known for
  • Close associations with Russian politicians, state security agents and propaganda media
  • Associations and other authoritarian regimes (Turkey; ...)
  • Islamophobia
  • Neoconservative and neofascism views
  • Permanently banned (2021-01-08) on Twitter
Religion Parents (both): Catholics of Irish descent
Political party Democratic Party
Associations QAnon
Political position Trumpism

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    Michael Thomas Flynn (born December 24, 1958) is a retired United States Army lieutenant general who was the 25th U.S. National Security Advisor for the first 22 days of the Trump administration. Flynn resigned in light of reports that he had lied regarding conversations with Sergey Kislyak. Flynn's military career included a key role in shaping U.S. counterterrorism strategy and dismantling insurgent networks in the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, and he was given numerous combat arms, conventional, and special operations senior intelligence assignments. Flynn became the 18th director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2012-07, until his forced retirement from the military in 2014-08. During his tenure he gave a lecture on leadership at the Moscow headquarters of the Russian military intelligence directorate GRU, the first American official to be admitted entry to the headquarters.

    After leaving the military, in 2014-10 Michael Flynn established Flynn Intel Group, which provided intelligence services for businesses and governments, including in Turkey. In 2015-12, Michael Flynn was paid $45,000 to deliver a Moscow speech at the ten-year anniversary celebration of RT [Russian propaganda TV network] - a state-controlled Russian international television network - where Flynn sat next to Russian president Vladimir Putin at his banquet table.

    In 2016-02, Michael Flynn became a national security advisor to Donald Trump for Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. In 2017-03, Flynn retroactively registered as a foreign agent, acknowledging that in 2016 he had conducted paid lobbying work that may have benefited Turkey's government. On 2017-01-22, Flynn was sworn in as the U.S. National Security Advisor. On 2017-02-13, he resigned after information surfaced that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and others about the nature and content of his communications with Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak. Flynn's tenure as the National Security Advisor is the shortest (24 days) in the history of the position.

    In 2017-12, Michael Flynn formalized a deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller to plead guilty to a felony count of "willfully and knowingly" making false statements to the FBI about the Kislyak communications, and agreed to cooperate with the Special Counsel investigation (2017-2019). In 2019-06, Flynn dismissed his attorneys and retained Sidney Powell, who on the same day wrote to Attorney General Bill Barr seeking his assistance in exonerating Flynn. Sidney Powell had discussed the case on FOX News and spoken to President Trump about it on several occasions. In 2020-01, two weeks before his scheduled sentencing, Flynn moved to withdraw his guilty plea, claiming government vindictiveness and breach of the plea agreement. At Barr's direction, the Justice Department filed a court motion on 2020-05-07 to drop all charges against Flynn. Presiding federal judge Emmet Sullivan ruled the matter to be placed on hold to solicit amicus curiae briefs from third parties. Sidney Powell then asked the DC Circuit Court of Appeals to compel Judge Sullivan to drop the case, but her request was denied. On 2020-11-25, Flynn was issued a presidential pardon by Trump. On 2020-12-08, Judge Sullivan dismissed the criminal case against Flynn, stating he probably would have denied the Justice Department motion to drop the case.

    Michael Flynn and QAnon

  • Source for the following three paragraphs: Wikipedia, 2021-12-23.
  • In the days leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign,   Michael Flynn - then a top surrogate for Donald Trump  [campaign surrogate: a politician or person of influence campaigning for a presidential candidate], and later Trump's National Security Advisor - posted multiple tweets on Twitter containing conspiratorial material regarding Hilliary Clinton. They alleged that Clinton's campaign manager, John Podesta, drank the blood and bodily fluids of other humans in , which Politico says "soon morphed into the pizzagate conspiracy theory involving Comet Ping Pong" (a pizzeria, restaurant, and concert venue located on Connecticut Avenue in Washington, D.C.'s Chevy Chase neighborhood). On 2016-11-02, Michael Flynn tweeted a link to a story with unfounded accusations and wrote, "U decide - NYPD Blows Whistle on New Hillary Emails: Money Laundering, Sex Crimes w Children, etc ... MUST READ!" The tweet was shared by over 9,000 people, but was deleted from Flynn's account sometime during 2016-12-{12-13}.

    After the shooting incident at Comet Ping Pong, Michael Flynn Jr. - Michael T. Flynn's son, and also a member of Donald Trump's transition team - tweeted: "Until #Pizzagate proven to be false, it'll remain a story. The left seems to forget #PodestaEmails and the many 'coincidences' tied to it." On 2016-12-06 Michael Flynn Jr. was forced out of Trump's transition team. Spokesman Jason Miller did not identify the reason for his dismissal, however, The New York Times reported that other officials had confirmed it was related to the tweet.

    Some of Pizzagate's proponents, including David Seaman and Michael G. Flynn (Michael Flynn's son), evolved the pizzagate conspiracy into a broader government conspiracy called "Pedogate". According to this conspiracy theory, a "satanic cabal of elites" of the New World Order operates international child sex trafficking rings. By 2020-06, the conspiracy theory found renewed popularity on TikTok, where videos tagged #Pizzagate were reaching over 80 million views (see Pizzagate: global spread and merger with QAnon).

    Michael Flynn was a scheduled speaker for a Digital Soldiers Conference" in Atlanta in 2019-09, along with other Trump associates including George Papadopoulos and Gina Loudon. The stated purpose was to prepare "patriotic social media warriors" for a coming "digital civil war." The announcement for the event prominently displayed a "Q" spelled in stars on the blue field of an American flag, and the host of the event had numerous references to QAnon on his Twitter account.

    On Independence Day 2020, Flynn tweeted a video of himself leading others in an oath to the pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory. Michael Flynn's attorney, Sidney Powell, denied the oath related to QAnon, saying it was merely a statement engraved on a bell on John F. Kennedy's sailboat. However, during preceding days numerous QAnon followers had taken the same so-called "digital soldier oath" on Twitter, using the same #TakeTheOath hashtag as Flynn had. Following his 2020-11 pardon, Flynn deepened his involvement with QAnon by endorsing merchandise and launching a website to promote "digital soldiers" who are "pushing back against the rise of fake news." As Flynn appeared on podcasts popular with QAnon followers such as "Bards of War," some QAnon stories predicted that he would lead a military assault to capture the Obamas, Clintons, and Bidens, while others held that Flynn was "Q".

    Michael Flynn: Neo-fascist Rhetoric / Ideology

    In 2020, as President Trump sought to overturn the results of the 2020 United States presidential election - in which Trump was defeated - Michael Flynn suggested the president should suspend the Constitution, silence the press, and hold a new election under military authority. Flynn later met with Trump and their attorney Sidney Powell in the Oval Office to discuss the president's options. Trump denied reports that Flynn's martial law idea had been discussed.

    On 2021-01-08, Twitter permanently banned Michael Flynn, Sidney Powell, and others who promoted QAnon.

    In 2021-02 Media Matters published analysis finding that QAnon adherents had praised the February 2021 Myanmar coup d'état in which the Myanmar military overthrew the democratically elected government, and advocated a similar coup in the United States. Michael Flynn addressed a Dallas QAnon conference in 2021-05 when an audience member stated, "I want to know why what happened in Myanmar can't happen here." Flynn responded, "No reason, I mean, it should happen here. No reason. That's right." After his words were reported, Flynn asserted he had "not at any time called for any action of that sort" and accused the press of "boldface fabrication based on twisted reporting."

    Michael Flynn became active on speaking tours in 2021. Will Sommer of The Daily Beast observed that a prayer Flynn gave in 2021-09 bore a striking resemblance to one by Elizabeth Clare Prophet, leader of the Church Universal and Triumphant, an anticommunist doomsday cult. Some QAnon supporters alleged the prayer was Satanic because Flynn used terms they considered antithetical to Christian doctrine. While speaking before a "ReAwaken America" audience in 2021-11, Michael Flynn caused outrage when he stated, "If we are going to have one nation under God, which we must, we have to have one religion. One nation under God, and one religion under God."

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    Additional Reading

  • [RightWingWatch.org, 2022-03-07] Michael Flynn Falsely Claims the Word ‘Creator’ Appears in the Constitution Four Times.

  • [NPR.org, 2020-05-14] What You Need To Know About The Flynn, Biden And "Unmasking" Story

  • [DOJAlumni. 2020-05-11] DOJ Alumni Statement on Flynn Case

  • [NYTimes.com, 2020-05-11] Ex-Justice Dept. Officials Lash Out at Barr Over Flynn and Stone Cases.  The attorney general's interventions damaged the Justice Department, argued the former officials, who were directly involved in the cases of the two Trump allies.

  • [CBC.ca, 2020-05-09] Obama slams Trump over COVID-19 pandemic response, report says.  Trump's handling an 'absolute chaotic disaster,' former president says in recording.

  • [MotherJones.com, 2019-08-17] Michael Flynn Just Pulled Out of a QAnon-Connected Fundraiser.  He decided not to attend after a Mother Jones story revealed the event's ties to the conspiracy theory.

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