Donald Trump apparently hid information he received from the Justice Department about Micheal Flynn’s treasonous phone calls with Russia from his vice president for two whole weeks. Why did he finally come clean? Because he had no choice.
The DOJ brought their concerns about Trump’s former national security adviser to Trump on Jan. 26. The White House was warned that Flynn had lied about his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and was an easy target for blackmail by the Kremlin.
But Mike Pence was kept completely in the dark until Feb. 9. This just happens to be the same day that the Washington Post published a story revealing that Flynn and the ambassador had discussed the sanctions Obama placed on Russia for interfering in the U.S. election.
The official story is still that Flynn acted all on his own and meant no harm. In his resignation letter, Flynn wrote that he holds all the blame for providing Pence and everybody else with “incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador.” He just accidentally misled Trump, Pence, and the rest of the administration. This surely wasn’t a conspiracy. They certainly weren’t all colluding with a foreign power. No. Of course not. That would be treason.
But come on, we all know that’s a huge load of bullsh*t. Trump knew what was going on. He has been in collusion with Russia from day one. I will concede that perhaps Pence was clueless, but one thing I know for sure is that Flynn isn’t the only one in Trump’s administration working with Russia. He’s just the one who got caught and now they are throwing him under the bus in the hopes of saving themselves. Trump is hanging Flynn out to dry and crossing his fingers that people will believe he is just an innocent bystander. Unfortunately for him, anybody with any sense knows better.
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April has studied political science, psychology, and philosophy. Back in the good old days she was a reporter for “old fashioned” print newspapers. In addition to news and politics, she also blogs about service dogs and disability advocacy. As a black woman with a disability, she is fed up with the right-wingers who would prefer that she and others like her didn’t exist.