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“Retired senior officers should not take lightly the impact of public commentary in a political environment,” Allen said. military as a potential Commander in Chief, which I believed would create a civil military crisis. This is a matter of conscience for me, because in moments of crisis such as these, credible voices must speak out.”

In interviews, Flynn said he respects his former superiors but rejected their entreaties as attempts to silence him and impinge on his free speech rights. “When someone says, ‘You’re a general, so you have to shut up,'” he said, “I say, ‘Do I have to stop being an American?'”

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Flynn said his foray into politics began last year when he volunteered to advise five Republican candidates. He said that he first met Trump 11 months ago and that he spoke with him by phone several times before being asked to speak at the Republican convention.

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