/* Lobbying for a NATO ally */
[[Peter Strzok]] of the FBI was dispatched to interview Flynn. At first Flynn claimed he had written the op-ed himself, and later admitted he received help. For this, Special Counsel [[Robert Mueller]] charged Flynn with unregistered lobbying and lying to the FBI.
[[Fake news]] accounts and illegal [[leak]]s from the Obama administration and [[Mueller office]] attempted to frame the charges as Flynn engaging in unregistered lobbying for [[Russia]], when in fact Flynn was lobbying for a longtime NATO ally whom the Obama administration and [[Neoconservatism|neocons]] were seeking to undermine on behalf of the Gulf monarchies.
Robert Mueller was finally forced in a judicial hearing to admit that Flynn's actions were not "treasonous" and his unregistered lobbying ended well before he entered the [[White House]].
Flynn's name was unmasked by [[Susan Rice]], then illegally leaked to the ''Washington Post'', likely by FBI Dep. Dir. [[Andrew McCabe]].<ref>https://theconservativetreehouse.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/mccabe-fbi-investigation-flynn-leak.jpg</ref>