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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

How Trump's Strange Affinity for Mike Flynn Makes Him Guilty as Hell

Under the circumstances, as they unfolded, Trump should have been the first person “out to get” Flynn. He should have felt a sense of personal betrayal.
But he clearly doesn’t feel that way. Instead, his first instinct was to try to protect Flynn.
Most notably, after an Oval Office meeting with national security officials on the terrorism threat, “Trump asked everyone to leave except [FBI Director James] Comey,” and then he made a personal appeal for Comey to cut Flynn some slack. Even after this exchange became public, Trump made sure that official White House statements were crafted to defend Flynn: “While the President has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the President has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn.”
Of course, the investigation of Flynn is not just or even primarily about Turkey, but on the Raqqa question alone Trump should be outraged. And he’s not.
Now, read the following and ask yourself how you would react in Trump’s place: Russian officials bragged in conversations during the presidential campaign that they had cultivated a strong relationship with former Trump adviser retired Gen. Michael Flynn and believed they could use him to influence Donald Trump and his team, sources told CNN. The conversations deeply concerned US intelligence officials, some of whom acted on their own to limit how much sensitive information they shared with Flynn, who was tapped to become Trump’s national security adviser, current and former governments officials said. “This was a five-alarm fire from early on,” one former Obama administration official said, “the way the Russians were talking about him.” Another former administration official said Flynn was viewed as a potential national security problem. The conversations picked up by US intelligence officials indicated the Russians regarded Flynn as an ally, sources said.
If it were me, I’d be suspicious that Flynn had been working for the Russians all along and had been dishonest in his dealings with me and in the advice he had provided me on foreign policy. Maybe I wouldn’t want to admit as much publicly, but I also wouldn’t be inclined to say he was “a decent man who served and protected our country.”
I know it’s difficult to put yourself in Trump’s shoes because he’s a very unusual personality type. But it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that Trump is doing one of two things.
The first possibility is that Trump knows full-well that Flynn was working for the Russians because he was working for them, too.
The second possibility is that, for whatever reasons, he can’t allow Flynn to talk to investigators because it would expose misdeeds of his own.
These two possibilities aren’t mutually exclusive, but at least one of them must be true.
Most people are going to gravitate to the second possibility because it’s less grave in its consequences. Perhaps the misdeeds Trump is hiding are not so serious. Maybe he doesn’t want to admit that he didn’t properly vet Flynn or he is trying to hide that he asked Flynn to interact with Ambassador Kislyak because he wanted to start his relations with Russia with a clean slate. Perhaps he’s acting loyally to Flynn in part because Flynn only did what he was told to do and in part because the truth would expose that he’s told some rather extraordinary lies.
Even if we allow for this more innocent explanation, however, it’s really very damning. Trump has repeatedly acted to stymie and shut down an investigation of Flynn, committing clear acts of obstruction of justice that would result in imprisonment for anyone not shielded by the Office of the Presidency’s protections against prosecution.
If he did all this to avoid mere embarrassment and survivable political headaches, that’s kind of incredible. And consider that Trump would in this more innocuous scenario still have plenty of reasons to be furious with Flynn. He’d be hiding that perfectly normal and understandable human emotion and presenting public support for him for purely self-serving reasons. Basically, he’d be saying nice things about Flynn and sending him text messages to “stay strong” and firing the FBI director not because he’s pleased with Flynn but because he’s desperate to keep him from talking.
There’s a narrative that follows somewhat along these lines without quite fleshing out all the implications. The narrative basically says that Trump simply doesn’t understand that he’s obstructing justice.
He doesn’t realize that he’s not supposed to ask the Director of National Intelligence and the head of the National Security Agency to lie on his behalf or to ask the FBI director to quash a counterintelligence investigation and then fire him when he does not. The evidence for this is that he freely admits to (some of) his crimes, which a normal person would not do. And it’s true. There’s something inexplicable about Trump’s behavior because it mixes such a clear consciousness of guilt with actions that would only be taken rationally by a person who feels innocent.
More and more, his only defense is a kind of bottomless cluelessness that caroms off in every direction. He’s a dupe of the Russians rather than a witting participant. He doesn’t understand when he’s been used and betrayed even when it’s staring him squarely in the face. He has no clue what was done by his operatives, so his sense of innocence is real.
He thinks the people who he asks to clear him can do so truthfully because he’s got no attachment to anything approximating reality. He erroneously thinks the president can do whatever he wants because he has a misimpression of how the Constitution and our system of checks and balances are designed to work.
Some people think these hypotheses are both plausible and a defense against removal from office. The truth is, the more plausible these theories are, the more urgently they argue for his removal from office.



Blogger the mighty wak said...


i agree, that course of action would certainly set america on the right track!
hmm. who would replace trump? oh - mike pence - awesome!
here's a good slogan for him::

*because america should get what it deserves

6:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3? 33? no.

The vast connections of the number 22 to current events

22 were killed on May 22, 2017 by a 22 year old man in Manchester.

Fusilier Rigby, 25, from Middleton, Greater Manchester, was hacked to death by two Islamist extremists outside Woolwich Barracks in South-East London on May 22, 2013.

It was also two months to the date since the Westminster terror attack, which happened on March 22, 2017.

22 - The number 22 is a double 11. It is also a reoccurring 2. It is the number of
the Master Builder or the master number.

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Pence for America

"Not the Best - But Just as Good"

8:37 PM  
Blogger the mighty wak said...

hey what did princess leia really say to R2D2's recording device in the movie STAR WARS?

"help me mike pence, you're our only hope!"

1:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trump sucks. He's almost certainly a criminal.
Pence sucks.
Sessions and Tillerson suck.

The Clintons suck.
The Podestas suck.
The DNC is hopelessly crooked.

CNN, Washington Post and the rest of the 'mainstream media' are all vile and were directly complicit in 9/11 as well as all that followed. RT sucks but the majority of it's anti-U.S. propaganda has a lot of basis in truth because, well, America sucks and has since the European conquest.

Ryan, McCain, Bush, Cheney and every other lying murderer / war criminal / crook trying to rehabilitate their image by coming out against Trump suck.

Amy Schumer is a cheerleader for war crimes.

The CIA and the GRU suck. I wouldn't trust any information from either.

Everyone arbitrarily dismissing information based on who it helps / hurts - whether it's about the mounting evidence of Russian links to the White House or about a "robbery" in which nothing is taken and the victim is shot in the back - they all suck.

U.S. political system is the greatest reality show on earth and Trump and Clinton - longtime friends - were in cahoots from the beginning.

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And what will impeaching Trump achieve? Another character in this reality show will take over?

One of the most depressing things about this situation is that so many people seem to think the U.S. began to suck in January 2017.

7:10 PM  
Blogger the mighty wak said...

no no no pence doesn't suck, he is our last line of defense.
in fact pence rhymes with defense. perfecto! it couldn't possibly get any better than that. in fact;
hey trump, don't build no fence, best get ready for pence!


fuck this is almost too easy

1:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope Trump gets impeached. We don't need Israeli ambassador Kushner being allowed to exercise power over both domestic AND international matters.

Pence is sober and rational. He can be reasoned with. The Trumps cannot be reasoned with and none of them seem to be acquainted with the words "honor, integrity, modesty."

12:43 PM  
Blogger the mighty wak said...

oh here we go::

""son, this a smith & wesson 44 magnum.
the most powerful handgun in the world.
it holds 6 bullets. did i shoot all six?
or just 5.
so right about now you gotta be asking yourself;

*what would mike pence do?*""

.....Dirty Harry Callahan

12:45 PM  
Blogger spooked said...

Pence isn't great but he's not crazy and senile like Trump.

Pence may well go down too, he's in deep with Trump's crimes. Same with Ryan and McConnell-- they helped cover it up.

In any case, Trump's team has directly committed treason in a far more serious way than any comparable people in politics.

2:11 PM  
Blogger spooked said...

2:22 PM  
Blogger the mighty wak said...

hooray the entire corrupt trump administration should go!

hmm. then what? oh i know! hillary should be forced to step up and assume control.


2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I don't understand how you can say "in a far more serious way than any comparable people in politics." Is "comparable" the key word here?

Because the Bush Administration killed (or at least sanctioned the killing by criminal factions within their network) of thousands of Americans on 9/11.

That's *far* worse than being in bed with Russia.

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