President George W. Bush’s ethics attorney, Richard Painter appeared on CNN’s Don Lemon to warn the country of the Trump administration’s top staff having highly suspicious relationships with the Russians. Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn personally received $500,000 from foreign actors while advising Trump on national security issues.
Painter dove into the details with Lemon:
‘It makes no sense to run a government this way. This is a completely chaotic situation, and then Gen. Flynn lied about his contacts with the Russians, lied to the vice president, and we’ve had the attorney general in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee say he did not contact the Russians when he had contacts with the Russians.’
Painter further lamented the lack of honesty among top members of Trump’s team with the public:
‘People are not being honest about their foreign contacts, and talk about this “deep state theory” as if there are somehow Obama moles in the government under the Trump administration. It’s the KGB agents running around the West Wing or the national security council.’
Via TheHill: Lemon appeared shocked by Painter’s language saying “Wow, wow! That is a pretty strong — that’s pretty strong, Richard.”
President Trump’s transition team was reportedly told that Flynn would likely have to register as a foreign agent before stepping into an administration job. The White House claims Trump was unaware of his lobbying work.
Flynn filed paperwork on Wednesday to officially register as a foreign agent, and admitted that he may have done work that benefited the Turkish government. The retired Army lieutenant general was previously paid more than half a million dollars for work for a Turkish company.