National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, right, talks with Ret. Gen. Keith Alexander before a meeting with President Donald Trump on cyber security in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

BREAKING: Obama Loyalists Planted the Stories to Oust Mike Flynn. All to Save the Terrible Iran Deal.

Yes, Mike Flynn lied to the Vice President. Yes, I am glad he is gone. I never much cared for him and think his ties to Russia were more than a little problematic. But the process under which he was forced to resign is a bad situation. If we start cheering outcomes we like, letting the ends justify the means, we will see the creeping authoritarianism come in that people claim Trump supports.

Notwithstanding that, the Washington Free Beacon has the amazing details of what went down to get Flynn to resign. It appears Obama Administration loyalists have been coordinating a media campaign to discredit Flynn and plant seeds of distrust.

The effort, said to include former Obama administration adviser Ben Rhodes—the architect of a separate White House effort to create what he described as a pro-Iran echo chamber—included a small task force of Obama loyalists who deluged media outlets with stories aimed at eroding Flynn’s credibility, multiple sources revealed.

The operation primarily focused on discrediting Flynn, an opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, in order to handicap the Trump administration’s efforts to disclose secret details of the nuclear deal with Iran that had been long hidden by the Obama administration.

Insiders familiar with the anti-Flynn campaign told the Free Beacon that these Obama loyalists plotted in the months before Trump’s inauguration to establish a set of roadblocks before Trump’s national security team, which includes several prominent opponents of diplomacy with Iran. The Free Beacon first reported on this effort in January.

The Free Beacon has all the details.

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