The inside story of the indictment and guilty plea of General Michael Flynn is still evolving.
The more we learn, the more it stinks of entrapment and a deep state take-down of the jut-jawed general.
Widespread media reports that Flynn’s lawyer had broken with White House lawyers were false. The president’s lawyers threw Flynn overboard, ending cooperation with the four-star general.
It was only when the president’s lawyer pulled the rug from under the general that Flynn threw in the towel and accepted the guilty plea. Flynn agreed to plead guilty to lying to an FBI agent, but the backstory shows how outrageous the government’s actions are.
The NSA under Obama illegally surveilled General Flynn with neither FISA nor federal court warrants. This was during the period after Trump had been elected and was president-elect, and Flynn had been designated as the new NSA director. Flynn and Trump essential traveled together for the last 30 days of the campaign with Flynn opening for Trump at rallies, and the pair bonded.
Flynn is stunned by the president’s betrayal.
The FBI learned of Flynn’s perfectly legal outreach to the Russian ambassador. They raided Flynn’s office at 8am and Flynn spoke to them respectfully but without a lawyer. It was a set-up and nothing short of entrapment.
The president rubbed salt in the wound when he tweeted, “I had to fire general Flynn because he lied to the vice president and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”
The president’s tweet is highly problematic, and seems to contradict his previous statements on Flynn, especially after he initially said he fired Flynn because he lied to Pence.
Former acting Attorney General Yates says she told the president that Flynn lied to the FBI.
It could be argued that if Trump knew Flynn had lied to the FBI that his statements to Comey during the private meeting could be construed as obstruction.
One of the president’s lawyers dived on this grenade, claiming he sent the tweet – not a place you want to be.
To my knowledge, Trump is the only person that tweets from his personal Twitter account.
The president’s lawyers, abetted by General John Kelly and General H.R. McMaster, are are walking him to the gallows. Their strategy of giving up all executive privilege and turning over all documents and counting on the fairness of Robert Mueller is naïve at best, and could be terminal.
The president must pursue a more vigorous offense.
It’s important to know that the underlying events in which Flynn was engaged were legal. It is mystifying why a general would need to lie about a perfectly legal action – the outreach to the Russian ambassador for purposes of setting a meeting is certainly within the parameters of his job.
One can only speculate that the person who instructed Flynn to make the call, also instructed him to tell no one.
Flynn may have been concerned about the political atmospherics of this legal outreach. His lie to the FBI could be chalked up to political calculations, but his lie to the vice president is vexing.
Flynn is a “chain of command” guy – he would have followed orders.
Very clearly, someone instructed Flynn to contact the Russians. That same person told him to tell no one.
Contrast this with an Obama NSA director who lied under oath to Congress, denying the NSA had a meta-data collection program on millions of Americans. Edward Snowden’s revelations showed he was lying, yet he has paid no penalty.
The deep state’s brazen hypocrisy is as stunning as their arrogance.
The decision to throw Flynn to the wolves threatens the future of the Trump presidency.