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Politics Michael Flynn Could Face Court Martial for Myanmar Coup Remark: Ex–Trump Official

19:45  31 may  2021
19:45  31 may  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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  American journalist detained in Myanmar while trying to board flight out of country An American journalist working in Myanmar has been detained there by local authorities, according to his employer and his family. Your browser does not support this video Frontier Myanmar, a Yangon-based news and business magazine that publishes in print and online in both English and Burmese, said in a statement Monday that its managing editor, Danny Fenster, was detained at Yangon International Airport in Myanmar's largest city as he was preparing to board a flight to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has since been transferred to Insein Prison in Yangon, which has housed thousands of political prisoners.

Lt. Col. Yevgeny "Eugene" Vindman, an Army officer who was fired by the Trump White House, has said Trump's former national adviser Michael Flynn could face a court-martial over his remark that a Myanmar-like military coup "should happen" in the U.S.

a man standing in front of a crowd: Former General Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s pardoned national security adviser, speaks during a protest of the outcome of the 2020 presidential election outside the Supreme Court on December 12, 2020 in Washington, DC. © Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images Former General Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s pardoned national security adviser, speaks during a protest of the outcome of the 2020 presidential election outside the Supreme Court on December 12, 2020 in Washington, DC.

"I want to know why what happened in Myanmar can't happen here?" an attendee asked Flynn during a Q&A session at a conference called the "For God & Country Patriot Roundup" in Dallas, Texas, on Sunday.

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"No reason. I mean, it should happen here," Flynn responded, to cheers from the crowd.

In a tweet on Monday, Vindman branded Flynn's remarks "seditious."

"With these seditious remarks Comrade Flynn may have crossed the line for recall to active duty and court-martial," he wrote on his personal Twitter account.

As a member of the U.S. Army's legal arm, Vindman said he was "qualified and also happy to prosecute this case."

He added: "P.S. US mil would NEVER support this. We love America." Vindman declined to comment further when contacted by Newsweek.

Michael Flynn denies suggesting a Myanmar-style military coup should happen in the US

  Michael Flynn denies suggesting a Myanmar-style military coup should happen in the US Video of the interaction circulated across social media, though Flynn claimed Monday the "media" was "manipulating" his words."Let me be VERY CLEAR - There is NO reason whatsoever for any coup in America, and I do not and have not at any time called for any action of that sort," Flynn said in a post on Telegram, a social-media app that has been favored by far-right groups.

Steve Vladeck, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law, noted that Flynn is still subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice as a retired Army officer.

"The constitutionality of jurisdiction over retirees for post-retirement offenses is something we're currently challenging in the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces & the D.C. Circuit," he tweeted.

Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his dealings with Russia's ambassador before Trump took office, but was pardoned in the final months of Trump's presidency.

Lawmakers Want 'Action' Taken Against Michael Flynn After Myanmar Coup Remark

  Lawmakers Want 'Action' Taken Against Michael Flynn After Myanmar Coup Remark Flynn, a former Trump administration official, has since said he sees "no reason whatsoever" for a military coup in the U.S.A handful of Republicans and Democrats hit out at the retired U.S. Army lieutenant general over the holiday weekend, with one calling for "action" to be taken against the former Trump administration official.

Vindman, on the other hand, was ousted from his role as the National Security Council's deputy legal advisor after he raised concerns about Trump's phone call with Ukraine's president in July 2019.

His twin brother Alexander Vindman, who also served on the NSC, was a key witness in the Democrats' impeachment inquiry into Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

Both brothers were fired from the NSC shortly after the Senate voted to acquit Trump following an impeachment trial and escorted out of the White House.

Alexander Vindman retired from the Army last year and said he had been subjected to a campaign of bullying and retaliation, but his brother stayed in the military.

Last summer, Yevgeny Vindman filed a federal complaint alleging he faced retaliation from Trump and White House officials for reporting the former president's actions. Politico reported in March that he is set to be promoted to full colonel, despite attempts by Trump loyalists to derail his career.

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