For the last few days most of what we saw in the news centered around whether or not Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, should be fired or even possibly face criminal charges. This became an even bigger issue on Monday when reports revealed that Flynn “apologized” to Mike Pence for lying to him. A clear indication that, despite denying he had discussed the sanctions President Obama levied against Russia for attacking the United States, Flynn did discuss them with Russian officials.
From the get-go this entire situation seemed fairly cut and dry, right? A person tasked with being a key national security advisor to Obama’s successor admitting he lied to Pence about a very important issue. He should have been gone the moment this story broke.
Yet it took until very late Monday evening, and only in the face of mounting evidence that he had clearly lied about discussing the sanctions with Russia, before Flynn finally “resigned.”
I use the term “resign” about as loosely as I can. There was no way for Trump to keep him on. The administration was trying to figure out how to get rid of him without making him an even bigger liability. You see, now that he’s no longer protected by the Executive Branch, Flynn could possibly be forced to discuss things during an investigation which would have been protected if he were Trump’s national security advisor.
That’s the real story here.
Sure, Flynn’s taking the fall for this, but nobody can sit there and tell me that Trump wasn’t the one who told him to make those phone calls and Pence didn’t know about this weeks ago.
Donald Trump wants “yes men” surrounding him at all times. Sure, Flynn is a conspiracy nut with a history of questionable behavior, but I don’t believe for a second he decided, on his own, to make these calls to a Russian official.
We’ve known about this phone call for weeks, yet Trump didn’t do anything about it. In fact, he still stuck with and defended Flynn. Someone who’s as egotistical as Trump would have gone ballistic had Flynn taken it upon himself to call Russia to discuss these sanctions on his own.
Donald Trump is many things, but being someone who encourages independent thinking and behavior among those with whom he chooses to align himself isn’t one of them.
Then there’s always the glaring reality that Trump opposed these sanctions and praised Vladimir Putin for his “response” to Obama issuing them. Not to mention one of the first things he did after being sworn in was ease sanctions on Russia just after his phone call with Putin — where the recorder was apparently turned off.
And you’re telling me, the day these sanctions were issued by Obama, Flynn just happened to call Russia’s ambassador to Washington five times — but Trump had nothing to do with that?
If you believe that, you are incredibly naive.
I clearly don’t have proof of this, nor will we likely see evidence any time soon (if ever), but basic common sense tells us that Trump was probably the one who ordered Flynn to make the phone calls.
At this point, this is about nothing more than damage control to protect Trump because he was almost certainly behind this. Their main goal right now is “getting their story straight” and they only got rid of Flynn because they really had no other choice.
It goes back to what I’ve been saying for months, this pro-Russia stuff linked to Trump isn’t “just a coincidence.” It’s not a “coincidence” that sanctions Trump clearly opposed just happened to be discussed during five phone calls his choice as a national security advisor had with a Russian ambassador on the day they were issued. It’s not a “coincidence” one of the first things Trump did after taking office was ease sanctions on Russia. And it’s damn sure not a coincidence that with numerous rumors swirling around Trump’s ties to Russia — including possible blackmail Putin has on him which is why they helped get him elected — that the most pro-Russian politician in American history seems to do everything he can to avoid saying a single negative thing about a country that attacked us.
No matter what spin they’ll put on this, this was never about Michael Flynn lying about something. This was about Donald Trump doing his best to hopefully make sure the world doesn’t find out the actual truth about this scandal.