Mike Flynn, Trump's pick for national security advisor, 'inappropriately shared' classified info

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President-elect Donald Trump's pick for national security adviser, retired Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, "inappropriately shared" classified information with foreign governments, a 2010 military investigation concluded.

The finding, first reported by The Washington Post, contradicts Flynn's previous account of the incident, in which he told the newspaper in August that he had permission to share the material.

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Retired United States Army lieutenant general Michael T. Flynn introduces Republican Presidential nominee Donald J. Trump before he delivered a speech at The Union League of Philadelphia on September 7, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Trump spoke about his plans to build up the military if elected. Recent national polls show the presidential race is tightening with two months until the election.

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The documents, obtained by the Post under the Freedom of Information Act, do not describe what Flynn shared or with whom while he was the top military intelligence officer in Afghanistan. The Post said the material had to do with CIA activities.

In an interview with The Post in August, Flynn acknowledged that he had been investigated for giving classified information to British and Australian officials — America's closest allies — serving in Afghanistan alongside U.S. forces.

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Flynn defended his actions and said he did nothing wrong: "That was substantiated because I actually did it. But I did it with the right permissions when you dig into that investigation. I'm proud of that one. Accuse me of sharing intelligence in combat with our closest allies, please."

The Army documents say the investigation determined that Flynn did not have permission to share the secrets.

The Defense Department's inspector general's office, which conducted an independent review of the investigation, came to the same conclusion, the documents state.

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Counselor to the President: Kellyanne Conway

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Veterans Affairs Secretary: David Shulkin

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Transportation secretary: Elaine Chao

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Energy secretary: Rick Perry

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Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson

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Secretary of Defense: Retired Marine General James Mattis

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Chief of staff: Reince Priebus

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Chief strategist: Steve Bannon

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Attorney General: Senator Jeff Sessions

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Director of the CIA: Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo

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Deputy national security adviser: K.T. McFarland

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White House counsel: Donald McGahn

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Ambassador to the United Nations: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley

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Education secretary: Betsy DeVos

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Commerce secretary: Wilbur Ross

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Homeland security secretary: General John Kelly

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Housing and urban development secretary: Ben Carson

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Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt

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Health and human services secretary: Tom Price

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Department of Homeland Security: Retired General John Kelly

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Secretary of agriculture: Sonny Perdue

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The investigation concluded that he did not act "knowingly" and that "there was no actual or potential damage to national security as a result."

It also points out that no disciplinary action was taken against Flynn.

The Army investigation was ordered by the head of U.S. Central Command, whose commander at the time was retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, Trump's pick to be defense secretary.

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