“Lock her up! Lock her up!” That was the chant heard at the Republican National Convention. Ironically it was led onstage by retired Gen. Michael Flynn. How fitting to now see instead of Hillary Clinton guilty of wrongdoing it is in fact Flynn who got locked up.
Friday one of President Trump’s closest confidants and his former National Security Advisor, Gen. Michael Flynn, was indicted and pled guilty in federal court to making false statements to the FBI.
Ms. Clinton must be chuckling about how karma does have a way of coming back around to bite those whose hubris takes them too far.
With this indictment and guilty plea by Flynn, it moves the collusion and obstruction of justice charges up the food chain and lands Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation inside the Oval Office.
Court records offered a glimpse into what targets the Mueller investigation might be pursuing going forward. The indictment indicated that when Flynn made contact with the Russians it was at the direction of top Trump administration officials who had knowledge of Flynn’s activities. Those top officials have been identified as Jared Kushner, senior advisor to his father-in-law Donald Trump, and K. T. McFarland, deputy National Security Advisor, both of which were on Trump’s transition team.
Kushner has reason to be concerned. He’s now implicated as possibly trying to influence U.S. policy during the transition when only the Obama administration had authority for such activities, and earlier Kushner was in the meeting at Trump Tower with Don Jr., indicted former campaign manager Paul Manafort, and a bunch of Russian operatives.
It shouldn’t be forgotten that Mueller’s team interviewed Kushner early last week. It’s quite possible they purposely wanted to get Kushner’s sworn statement of events, knowing Flynn would plead guilty Friday, and roll on Trump to become a witness against the president. If Kushner was less than honest in his answers about the events in question he could be the next lucky contestant earning an indictment.
Flynn’s plea nullifies the president’s claim that the Mueller investigation is a witch hunt and further disproves that no one in his administration had contact with the Russians. Fruits of Mueller’s inquiry have resulted in four Trump team members being indicted, with two of those having pled guilty. So much for nothing to see here.
President Trump responded to the indictment with this tweet, “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 outside lawyer, John Dowd, is curiously claiming to have dictated this post on behalf of Trump. But it’s unlikely a lawyer of his caliber would have fallen into the trap of basically admitting the president is guilty of obstruction of justice. This tweet demonstrates Trump knew Flynn had lied and then the president went to FBI Director Comey and asked him to go easy on Flynn, as “he’s a good guy,” and can the FBI let this Russia thing go.
The question is why all the lying if there is nothing to cover up? Trump blindly continues to refuse to accept Russia meddled in the U.S. election process, which is counter to the findings of the entire American intelligence community. Nor will he admonish Russian President Vladimir Putin for spearheading the computer hacking of U.S. interests.
The question looms legitimately at this point, does Russia have leverage over President Trump, and if so how compromised is the president, Don Jr., Kushner and the rest of his goon squad? Some dozen members of Trump’s team have been identified as having contact with the Russians during the presidential campaign or transition period, and lied about it, under oath to Congress and on federal disclosure documents.
The only “fake news” about the Russia investigation has come directly from the Trump White House. Did Michael Flynn reach out to Russians at the behest of senior Trump officials to help sway an election victory in return for negotiating a lessening of U.S. sanctions against Putin’s hostile government?
Some darker secret is being protected by people in Trump’s inner circle. Now Flynn has flipped to become a witness for the prosecution to protect his own skin and that of his son’s, who also was implicated in wrongdoing. With Flynn’s plea deal President Trump is in harm’s way, as Flynn must cooperate with the special prosecutor and tell his secrets or likely spend the rest of his life in jail.
Ultimately, there is an awful lot of smoke surrounding the Trump administration about its Russian contacts, and they have clearly lied about it. With no credibility remaining for Trump or his spokespeople, the picture that is coming together shows an administration that has broken laws and put itself in legal jeopardy by lying to cover up its misdeeds.
Stay tuned kids, the fun is just getting started in TrumpWorld.