According to CNN’s chief national security correspondent, Jim Sciutto, a Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) spokesman says that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s security clearance has been revoked as part of a standard procedure, “pending review.”
Breaking: Ret. Gen. #MichaelFlynn's security clearance has been suspended “pending review" – DIA spokesman tells CNN
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) February 15, 2017
“[It’s when] questions arise regarding an individual’s compliance with clearance standards.”
This comes on a day when, strangely enough, Donald Trump chose to defend Michael Flynn during his joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. While answering questions, Trump claimed Flynn, whom we are assured he asked to resign, against the “fake media”:
“I think he’s been treated very, very unfairly by the media — as I call it, the fake media, in many cases. I think it’s really a sad thing he was treated so badly.”
It is anybody’s guess how this works out in Trump’s own mind, given Flynn’s activities which, Sean Spicer explains, “eroded” Trust between the president and his national security advisor. Spicer said yesterday that it wasn’t that Flynn broke any laws but that Trump simply could not trust him anymore.
It isn’t the press that lied to Vice President Pence, but Flynn. Nor did the press force Flynn to lie. They only reported the lie. Therefore if anyone treated Flynn unfairly, it is Trump himself for demanding his resignation.
Either way, we seem to have arrived at the end of the very short Flynn era. The only question now will Donald Trump be able to get a new NSA in place before yet further disasters overtake his administration.