After news broke this morning that disgraced former General Michael Flynn had “flipped” on Donald Trump and was planning to testify against him before Robert Mueller’s grand jury, the air in Washington, D.C. got a little thin.
First, people took note of the fact that it’s not just Trump who is clearly headed for impeachment, but possibly Vice President Mike Pence as well, since the connection of Pence and Flynn made the news in the Washington Post just a few days ago and Senators are eager to find out just how much he knew and when.
Then the White House issued the most ridiculous response to today’s news that anyone could possibly imagine.
It did not come from White House Counsel Don McGahn, but rather from Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Ty Cobb, who used… let’s say, creative language in an effort to distance Trump from Flynn, who pled guilty earlier on Friday and is ready to spill the beans:
“Today, Michael Flynn, a former National Security Advisor at the White House for 25 days during the Trump Administration, and a former Obama administration official, entered a guilty plea to a single count of making a false statement to the FBI.
“The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year. Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn. The conclusion of this phase of the Special Counsel’s work demonstrates again that the Special Counsel is moving with all deliberate speed and clears the way for a prompt and reasonable conclusion.”
Note the way Cobb calls Flynn a “former Obama administration official,” as though he wasn’t fired by President Obama, who then warned Donald Trump not to hire him.
Of course, Trump’s own statements over the course of the year belie his lawyer’s effort to create space between them. Trump was highly defensive of his National Security Adviser, and let the public know on a number of occasions. On February 15th, Trump said:
“I think it’s very, very unfair what’s happened to General Flynn, the way he was treated, and the documents and papers that were illegally — I stress that — illegally leaked. Very, very unfair.”
Then in March, Trump tweeted about Flynn twice:
Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 31, 2017
General Flynn was given the highest security clearance by the Obama Administration – but the Fake News seldom likes talking about that.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2017
He neglected to say at that point that Obama fired Flynn. In fact, he went on to stress the affiliation with Obama over and over in the media, as though people weren’t capable of simply looking up who fired Flynn and who hired him. And repeatedly, Trump described Flynn as a “decent man” who “served his country well,” despite the fact that from the beginning, everyone knew that eventually the actions Flynn was accused of would be considered treason.
It’s no wonder that Trump is running scared today.
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