Trump Administration Ridiculously Tries to Distance Themselves from Flynn – by Blaming Obama
when in doubt, Blame obama
Michael Flynn, the former adviser to the Trump Campaign, as well as the first National Security Advisor for the Trump Administration, pleaded guilty to lying about communicating with the Russians during the 2016 general election.
As Flynn was one of the main targets of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russia, alongside campaign chairman Paul Manafort, this represents a strong development in an investigation that was frequently labeled a “witch hunt” during its initial progression.
Things are far from over, but considering Flynn’s status among Trump’s initial team, this is a sign that the President could very well be on the path towards impeachment, assuming he knew anything about the relations between members of his presidential campaign, including members of the Trump family, and Russian figures. And reports coming out today suggest that he not only knows that kind of information, but is prepared to testify about it.
One cannot expect the rest of the investigation to continue easily, especially when the President is both taking efforts to limit communications between employees of the White House and the outside world, and actively trying to distance himself from Flynn. Speaking on the matter, White House lawyer Tyler Cobb not only immediately labeled the Lieutenant General an isolated actor in this affair, but also had the audacity to make the sophomoric argument that he was more of an Obama Administration official than a Trump Administration one:
“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.”
Trump in turn ignored Obama, telling NBC News host Lester Holt in an interview that he trusted Flynn and wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt. Considering Trump fired Comey over investigating Russia, it raises the question of whether or not Trump knew about Flynn’s talks with the Russians beforehand. And indeed, whether that was part of why Flynn was part of his inner circle in the first place.
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