Three Months Ago, This Middle East Expert Presented His Grave Concerns about Now-Ousted General Michael Flynn By Josh Shepherd
Late Monday, General Michael Flynn resigned as National Security Adviser for the Trump Administration. The announcement followed an exposé by the Washington Post, revealing how Flynn had misstated certain facts in relaying information to Vice President Mike Pence regarding his post-election contacts with Russian officials.
While the move comes as a shock to cable news pundits and politicos on Capitol Hill, one Christian author was sounding the alarm about Flynn back on November 19—nearly three months before his ultimate resignation.
Middle East expert and author Joel Richardson carefully laid out in a half-hour video his case against General Flynn serving in a high-level national security role, while informing viewers why they should care about what’s happening right now in the Republic of Turkey.
On December 7, his prediction via Facebook was more explicit—stating of Flynn: “He’ll be gone within the first year.”
Richardson, a New York Times best-selling author who produces a weekly video podcast titled The Underground, spent his entire post-election show discussing his concerns about Flynn in the context of national security, foreign policy and holding the Trump Administration to its campaign promises.
Trump has repeatedly made it clear he is going to ‘drain the swamp,’” Richardson began. “One of the primary ways to clean up Washington is to get rid of the lobbyists; everybody is being paid by some foreign government or corporation to go to politicians to try to influence them.”
Richardson applauded the ethics pledge made by President Donald Trump, stating that no registered lobbyists would be employed by his Administration. He used it as his first grounds for questioning: “Although General Flynn is not himself a lobbyist, he owns a company whose primary purpose is to lobby politicians in Washington.”
Yet his concerns run deeper, as Richardson draws on his knowledge of current events in Turkey and the surrounding region to flesh out a larger picture.
Noting the future National Security Adviser’s financial ties to a Turkish businessman, Richardson quoted at length an op-ed Flynn authored that ran in The Hill newspaper on November 8.
“Turkey is really our strongest ally against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria,” wrote General Michael Flynn in the column published on Election Day.
Richardson challenged Flynn in his video, stating unequivocally: “This statement is a lie. Turkey was the primary entity that allowed ISIS to come into being!”
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