THE LT. GENERAL MICHAEL FLYNN RESIGNS OVER RUSSIAN CONNECTIONS!
THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION?
Rabid anti-Hillary, anti-Obama, Lt. General Michael Flynn, Trump’s National Security Advisor, has resigned because he lied about his contacts with the Russian Ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, and discussions about Obama’s sending some 30 Russian diplomats packing. The Trump folks were alerted a month ago by Acting Attorney General Sally Yates that Flynn was compromised and could potentially be subjected to blackmail. Ms. Yates was fired by Trump just a couple of weeks ago ostensibly over the Muslim ban but more likely over this case. So I assume that Your President, Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer and Kellyanne just thought this would all go away? No one would care? It is no big deal? Also, Trump denied two weeks after the Yates notification that he knew anything about the Flynn controversy. He too, apparently, had a convenient lapse of memory just like Flynn.
Naturally, all the news outlets are foaming at the mouth over the Flynn resignation – and rightly so – since apparently Mr. Intelligence Operative Extraordinaire, Flynn, did not realize that his telephone calls to Russian Ambassador Kislyak were being recorded. For someone who is allegedly so up on the latest intelligence shit and for someone who was blisteringly critical of the Obama Administration over intelligence matters, I have to say that it wasn’t all that intelligent of him to not realize that he was being recorded. Or to then lie about it to the Vice President.
Flynn was an early Trump supporter and if you recall his rabid dog, foaming at the mouth speech at the Republican National Convention leading the troops in “Lock Her Up” chants you will know why I am thrilled to see him go. But I think the importance of his resignation based on some sort of Russian contretemps cannot be overstated. For the first time, despite countless allegations of Trump’s and his folks’ ties to Russia, Russian hacking of U.S. agencies and the DNC, accusations of Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, we’ve not had any actions based on any of these allegations. Naturally, Republicans are not anxious to conduct a Congressional investigation into the Russian/Trump ties and have been resisting such calls since Trump took office, but the seriousness of this one may convince enough Republicans that they might just want to put partisan politics aside for a moment and act in accordance with the best interests of the United States of America. Even today House Intelligence Committee Republicans are still resisting.
I’ve never understood Trump’s Russian fever. Is it because of the Miss Universe contests? His business “deals” with Russians oligarchic mafia? Some personal vibe with Putin? It is unbelievable that any public official, much less the President of the United States, would see Russia and Putin as friendly allies when Russia has taken over Crimea, is attempting to take over the Ukraine, reporters critical of Putin wind up dead, allegations of interference in Eastern European elections, and a ruling regime that can only be called one of the most viciously, jack-booted, authoritarian on the planet today. This Trump/Putin “friendship” defies logic and, in fact, seems particularly odious.
Donald J. Trump was inaugurated on January 20, 2017 less than a month ago. His supporters see all the chaos and confusion as proof that he is doing what he said he was going to do once he got to Washington. The Flynn controversy? They will see it as the fault of the left wing media and a product of bias against Trump. But Flynn’s resignation represents the first real lead into the many allegations of Russian influence and interference and the first crack in the wall of silence that has accompanied the Russian allegations since Trump began his campaign. Is this incident going to be the downfall of Trump? No. It won’t be. But I think it might be the opening salvo in a campaign to uncover what’s really going on between Trump and Putin and all the other “connections” between Trump’s people and Russia. It’s all a bit mysterious right now but maybe over time it will become less so.
Let’s hope so anyways.
ONE DOWN BUT MANY, MANY MORE TO GO!!