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Former national security adviser Michael Flynn, at the center of multiple probes into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, seeks sanctuary from the news coverage in the beach town where he grew up surfing and skateboarding, one of nine siblings crammed into a 1,200-square foot house.
He's spent recent weeks in Middletown surfing and figuring out his path forward. Friends and family members say the man they know — the student body president who rose from the Army ROTC to the rank of lieutenant general — isn't the same man they see portrayed in news reports.
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"Have you seen that in the news? They talk about Mike as a traitor? The thought of that is absolutely insane to me," said older brother Jack.
Forced from government service into retirement in 2014 by the Obama administration, Flynn went on to set up a company that accepted speaking fees from Russian entities and he later did consulting work for a Turkish-owned business. He joined the Trump campaign and then the administration but the Trump White House ousted him after saying he mischaracterized conversations with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. A wide range of his actions — including foreign contracts and payments, and whether he lied to officials — are under scrutiny by investigators.
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Thomas A. Heaney Jr., a retired Army colonel, said the friend he has known since they were 9 years old has begun work again as a consultant after shutting down his old firm. Heaney has seen him several times this summer, most recently at Fourth of July parties.
"He knows that most of the allegations in terms of the way they were presented were sensationalized and are not true," Heaney said. "He's got his head up. He knows he's a good servant. He's a patriot and he didn't deserve to be treated the...
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