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The Rise And Fall Of Michael Flynn

The former general was known as a talented officer in the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But in Washington, he was dogged by a strange and contradictory relationship with Russia.

Michael Flynn was a scrappy kid, one of nine siblings in an Irish Catholic family. He went to the University of Rhode Island on an ROTC scholarship and made a name for himself during three decades in the Army, rising to lieutenant general.

As an intelligence officer, he was skilled in tracking down extremists in the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. That led to the high point of his military career

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