National Security

Flynn is Out and Others May Follow

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

As you've probably heard, Trump's National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned late last night after it was revealed that he discussed lifting sanctions against Russia with Russian diplomats before Trump was sworn into office, an apparently violation of the Logan Act.

But there's more to the story. The intelligence community and even the Justice Department believed Flynn had been compromised.

Flynn stepped down amid mounting pressure on the Trump administration to account for its false statements about Flynn’s conduct after The Washington Post reported Monday that the Justice Department had warned the White House last month that Flynn had so mischaracterized his communications with the Russian diplomat that he might be vulnerable to blackmail by Moscow.

In his resignation letter, Flynn said he had “inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador. I have sincerely apologized to the president and the vice president.”

There's ample reason to believe Flynn actually did not lie to Trump or Pence and that he had their blessing, but I digress.

Flynn was as close if not closer to Trump has anyone, having whispered in his ear since last summer. Flynn even accompanied Trump during his first classified intelligence briefings, which obviously raises many questions at this point. Flynn was also the person Trump apparently turned to in the middle of the night when he needed answers to questions that he could simply Google.

If Flynn can be brought down, any of them can. Flynn was at the top of the Trump trust pyramid, even above the likes of Steve Bannon.

Not surprisingly, Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz still isn't interested in investigating anything even as Flynn sets a new record after serving as the national security adviser for just 24 days. The previous record holder was Richard Allen, Ronald Reagan's first national security adviser, who served for 348 days.

  • Badgerite

    Now could someone please show Bannon the door. Or at least put him and Sturmtruppen Miller back in his cage where he can’t hurt the world, which seems to be something he was reeeeeeeally looking forward to.

  • muselet

    Michael “Barking Mad” Flynn is out and Moscow isn’t happy:

    At the upper house of the Russian parliament, senator Alexei Pushkov tweeted that Mr Flynn was the victim of “paranoia and a witch hunt”.

    In a message posted online, the head of the parliament’s foreign affairs committee, Konstantin Kosachev, claimed that “either Donald Trump has been driven into a corner or the new administration has been permeated with Russopohobia from top to bottom”.

    The language from Moscow is both colourful and angry.

    As funny as this is (Sean Spicer and Kellyanne Conway counter-spinning is worth a guffaw or two), we shouldn’t fool ourselves. The next National Security Adviser won’t be any better.

    –alopecia

  • Scopedog

    Well, watching the first of what will be many dominoes falling for this gang of deplorables makes me want to do a Max Cady….

  • ninjaf

    Apparently, they can’t even get this story straight at the White House.
    White House Press Secretary Says Trump Fired Flynn As National Security Adviser

  • Aynwrong

    This is a Josh Marshal piece back from July that he retweeted today. It sums up the reasons why reasonable people (not panicky snowflakes) are convinced that Trump is acting as a Putin surrogate in the White House.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/trump-putin-yes-it-s-really-a-thing

    It’s well worth a read. It’s not fear mongering or a new McCarthyism as the denizens of Greenwaldistan® have insisted. It’s an opinion piece yes, but it’s also informed journalism. This is what punditry should sound like.

    Democrats should hammer this with the same relentless ferocity that R’s fear mongered over Benghazi, E-mails and virtually everything else during the Obama years. It’s an effective way of undermining this White House and it has the added benefit of being true. Show the GOP no quarter.

  • Now let’s just hope our glorious media doesn’t say, “Welp, that settles the Russian problem with this Administration. Squirrel!!!”

    • Scopedog

      Oh, they just might…