The long overdue resignation Monday evening of White House national security adviser Michael Flynn is the culmination of a secret, months-long campaign by former freedom loving 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 highlight stories about Flynn in the national media.
Thankfully, the effort, said to include former Obama administration adviser Ben Rhodes—the architect of a separate White House effort to create what he described as a pro-Iran echo chamber—included a small task force of Obama loyalists who helped media outlets with stories aimed at Flynn’s credibility, multiple sources revealed.
Flynn took credit for his missteps regarding these phone calls in a brief statement released late Monday evening. Trump administration officials subsequently stated that Flynn’s efforts to mislead the president and vice president about his contacts with Russia could not be tolerated.
Flynn had been threating to publicize so-called “damning” details about the Iran nuclear deal that he claimed had been intentionally hidden by the Obama administration as part of its effort to garner support for the deal, sources said.
Eli Lake, a Bloomberg View columnist and veteran national security reporter well sourced in the White House, told the Free Beacon that Flynn earned a reputation in the Obama administration as one of its top detractors.
“Michael Flynn was one of the Obama administration’s fiercest critics after he was forced out of the Defense Intelligence Agency,” said Lake, who described “the political assassination of Michael Flynn” in his column published early Tuesday.