- Michael Flynn is a retired US Army Lieutenant General
- He served in the Army for 33 years, and was the National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump
|Real name:||Michael Thomas Flynn|
|How tall is Michael Flynn?||181 cm / 6 ft 0 in||Born:||24 December 1958 |
|How old is Michael Flynn in 2020? / Age: ||61 years|
|Where was Michael Flynn born?||Fort Meade, Maryland, U.S.A.|
|Nicknames:||Mike Flynn, Mike|
Net worth 2020 (estimated)
|How much is Michael Flynn worth?||$8,000,000|
Who is Michael Flynn? / Facts
- Early life and education - Michael Thomas Flynn was born and raised in Middletown, Rhode Island, one of nine siblings born to Helen Frances (née Andrews), who worked in real estate, and Charles Francis Flynn, a small-town banker, both Catholics of Irish descent.
Flynn graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science degree in management science in 1981 and was a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps.
He also earned a Master of Business Administration in Telecommunications from Golden Gate University, a Master of Military Art and Science from the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
He is a graduate of the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course, Ranger School, Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course, Army Command and General Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Studies, and Naval War College.
- Military career - Flynn had a key role in shaping US counterterrorism strategy and dismantling insurgent networks in Afghanistan and Iraq.
He was given many combat arms, conventional, and special operations senior intelligence assignments.
Flynn was appointed by President Barack Obama as the 18th director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, serving from July 2012 to his retirement from the military in August 2014, abruptly resigning “amid conflict within the agency and between the general and leaders,” CNN reported in 2014.
- Post-retirement - After leaving the military, he established Flynn Intel Group which has provided intelligence services for businesses and governments, including ones in Turkey.
2016 U.S. presidential election - Flynn was asked in February 2016 to serve as an adviser to the Trump campaign, with the two developing a close bond over shared ideology regarding foreign policy.
On August 16, 2016, the FBI opened a case on Flynn as part of its Crossfire Hurricane investigation.
he Trump transition team during the campaign, opposed Flynn serving as National Security Adviser or in any other high-level position because he was viewed as "a loose cannon".
During the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign of Donald Trump, and subsequently, Flynn and Jared Kushner were engaged in promoting IP3 International's plan to transfer nuclear technology from the US to Saudi Arabia, for use in a proposed joint US-French-Russian-British project, in possible violation of the law.
National Security Advisor position - Trump tapped Flynn for his former position back in November 2016, despite warnings from then-President Barack Obama that the former general was not to be trusted.
On November 18, 2016, Flynn accepted Trump's offer for the position of National Security Advisor.
Prior to his appointment, media sources including The Washington Post and Associated Press had already criticized his close relations with Russia, and his promotion of anti-Clinton conspiracy theories and fake news during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Flynn’s entire appointment lasted less than a month, after it became apparent he’d been withholding information from the Oval Office regarding his connections and communications with Russia.
His 24-day tenure as National Security Advisor was the shortest in the 63-year history of the office.
Communications he had with the Russian ambassador were subsequently leaked to the press.
RussiaGate - Trump reportedly told Flynn to “stay strong” during the beginning stages of the Russia probe.
On November 5, 2017, NBC News reported that special counsel Robert Mueller had enough evidence for charges against Flynn and his son, Michael G. Flynn.
The former security advisor was the first White House official to have charges thrown at him.
Plea bargain - In December 2017 Flynn pleaded guilty to "willfully and knowingly" making "false, fictitious and fraudulent statements" to the FBI regarding conversations with Russia's ambassador.
In the Statement of the Offense to which Flynn agreed, he admitted having falsely denied that on December 29, 2016 he asked Russia's ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak "to refrain from escalating ... in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed against Russia that same day".
Special counsel Robert Mueller recommended no prison sentence for retired general Michael Flynn, according to a court filing on Dec. 4, 2017.
Mueller cited the “substantial assistance” that Flynn provided for his probe into Russian interference during the 2016 election.
Legal fees - In 2018, Flynn sold his townhouse in order to offset his legal bills.
The sell-off was the result of Flynn pleading guilty to lying to the FBI regarding his communications with Russian actors.
Delayed sentencing - Sentencing of Flynn has been deferred several times, most recently on November 27, 2019, and February 10, 2020, when it was postponed indefinitely, to allow both sides to prepare arguments in response to his claim that his previous lawyers violated his constitutional rights by providing inadequate legal counsel.
As part of Flynn's plea negotiations, his son, Michael G. Flynn, was expected to avoid charges.
Dropping charges - In February 2020, Attorney General William Barr declared that there would be a review of Flynn's case.
On May 7, 2020, the Department of Justice said it would move to drop all charges against Flynn.
Condemning the withdrawal of charges, New York Congressman Jerry Nadler commented, "A politicized and thoroughly corrupt Department of Justice is going to let the president's crony simply walk away."
Writings - Flynn co-authored a report in January 2010 through the Center for a New American Security, entitled Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan.
That report, which became influential, argued that U.S. intelligence agencies "must open their doors to anyone who is willing to exchange information, including Afghans and NGOs (non-governmental organizations) as well as the US military and its allies".
Flynn is also an author of The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies, co-authored with Michael Ledeen, which was published by St. Martin's Press in 2016.
In reviewing the book, Will McCants of the Brookings Institution described Flynn's worldview as a confused combination of neoconservatism (an insistence on destroying what he sees as an alliance of tyranny, dictatorships, and radical Islamist regimes) and realism (support for working with "friendly tyrants"), although he acknowledged that this could be due to the book's having two authors.
Personal life - Flynn married his wife Lori Andrade in 1981.
The couple has 2 sons together.
Social media stats - Flynn has 587.9K followers on Twitter, as of May 2020.
- Middletown High School, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
- Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
- University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
- School of Advanced Military Studies, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, U.S.A.
- Command and General Staff College (CGSC), Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, U.S.A.
I vote for leaders, and honestly, I didn't vote much in the military because I served whoever is the commander-in-chief.
What people do in their private lives, these are not big issues that our country's dealing with.
I could care less if someone is purple polka-dotted.
I've been called an extremist.
The lack of trust between the federal government and the American citizens of this country is such a wide gap, we have to renew that trust for the people of this country going forward.
What we have to do is we have to make sure that our country is as strong as it can be economically and from a defense standpoint.
You cannot defeat an enemy you do not admit exists.
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Last update: 24 May 2020
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