Tags: Al-Qaida | Barack Obama | Iran | ISIS/Islamic State | Ron Johnson | Osama bin Laden | Seymour Hersh

Johnson: Pay Attention to Gen. Flynn's Concerns on bin Laden Intelligence

By    |   Monday, 11 May 2015 12:15 PM

Sen. Ron Johnson, while saying he doubts claims made in an investigative report surrounding the death of Osama bin Laden, says there is another matter surrounding the raid that warrants a good look: the analysis of a "treasure trove" of intelligence that was gathered.

The Wisconsin Republican told CNN's "New Day" host Chris Cuomo that he has met with Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was "pushed out of office" as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency because of his complaints "about how this administration shut down the analysis of the treasure trove gathered in that event."

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Johnson said that Flynn, who retired last year, has complained that very little of the information has been analyzed because "they didn't like the results ... it wasn't confirming their narrative [that] al-Qaida was decimated, on the run."

Flynn told Fox News' Bret Baier in March that the documents that were recovered in the raid showed al-Qaida was gaining, not losing ground, and that claims made by President Barack Obama during his re-election campaign did not match information Flynn was seeing.

"We need to pay attention [to Flynn]," Johnson said on CNN Monday. "He said [Obama's] foreign policy is basically being predicated on 'willful ignorance.' That's a serious charge from a serious individual."

But as for the report surrounding the events of bin Laden's death, written by investigative reporter Seymour Hersh, Johnson said he doesn't believe Hersh's version of the events, because there is too much "collaborating testimony" otherwise.

Meanwhile, Johnson said that Obama is seeking an authorization against the Islamic State (ISIS) that is weaker than the one he is currently using.

"From my standpoint, if we want to start defeating, you know, and protect this nation, keep it secure from let's say homegrown extremists, we need to make sure ISIS is defeated," Johnson said. "As long as they are perceived as winning, they will continue to inspire the type of terrorist activity we saw in Texas last Sunday."

Johnson also discussed the pending agreement with Iran over its nuclear capabilities, saying that he believes it should be an agreement that is approved by "at least a majority of both houses [of Congress]."

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Sen. Ron Johnson, while saying he doubts claims made in an investigative report surrounding the death of Osama bin Laden, says there is another matter surrounding the raid that warrants a good look: the analysis of a "treasure trove" of intelligence that was gathered.
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