Amazingly, Director Pompeo kept feeding Mr. Flynn secrets even after a government consensus had formed that the former national security adviser was a likely target of Russian blackmail. Even more explosive – the former national security adviser led the country’s security framework despite its own members knowing all of this.
“Either Director Pompeo had no idea what people in the C.I.A. reportedly knew about Michael Flynn, or he knew about the Justice Department’s concerns and continued to discuss America’s secrets with a man vulnerable to blackmail,” Senator Ron Wyden of Washington said during testimony.
Mr. Flynn had a spotty record prior to President Trump’s inauguration.
The President only moved to fire Mr. Flynn after a story in the Washington Post alleged that Mr. Flynn had been in touch with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak and spoken with him about U.S. sanctions. This in itself was not problematic, the issue was that Mr. Flynn then reportedly lied to the Vice President about the nature and contents of the conversation.
When Mike Pompeo was asked in testimony if he knew of his agency’s concerns about Mr. Flynn, he evaded the question.
“I can’t answer yes or no,” the Director said. “I regret that I’m unable to do so.”