“Mr. Flynn was not such a difficult target for a Russian manipulation effort, given his inclination to see common cause with Russia as well as his hostility toward the Obama administration. President Barack Obama had removed Mr. Flynn as the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and Mr. Flynn famously led a chorus of “lock her up” chants at the 2016 Republican National Convention in a reference to Hillary Clinton.”
“During the presidential campaign, Mr. Trump had spoken frequently about wanting to improve American relations with Russia.”
“Mr. Kislyak “played Flynn like a fiddle, particularly when Flynn astonishingly suggested that the U.S. and Russia should ratchet down tensions” after the United States punished Russia for its election interference, said Marc Polymeropoulos, who once oversaw the C.I.A.’s clandestine operations in Europe and Eurasia.”
Medicynical note: This self promoting money grubber was an un registered lobbyist for Turkey during the time he was being considered for the cabinet position. Imagine the duplicity. In secret making promises to Russian operatives and representing Turkey all while buttering up Trump for a position. He admitted all to the court.