In his resignation letter released last night, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn said he was quitting his post because he had “inadvertently” lied to Mike Pence about whether he’d discussed Pres.Obama’s sanctions against Russia in a phone call with the Russian ambassador in a phone call in December.
From the administration that gave us “alternate facts,” now we have inadvertent lies.
But there’s much more to this story — and what lies beneath what is publicly known now could have devastating consequences for Donald Trump:
The Department of Justice voiced concerns about President Trump’s national security adviser and his talks with Russia’s ambassador late last month, according to a new report.
Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates feared that Michael Flynn was possibly vulnerable to Russian blackmail attempts, the Washington Post said Monday.
The Post said Yates and a senior career national security official delivered a message to White House counsel Donald McGahn expressing concern about Flynn’s discussions with Russia’s ambassador. It is unclear what McGahn did with their warning.
At this point, we don’t know what information about the Russians that made him vulnerable — just as we still don’t know precisely why Donald fired his campaign manager, Paul Manafort, over Manafort’s ties to Russian dictator Putin last August.
We do know now that much of what was in the Russian dossier about Donald’s connections to Russia have been confirmed. However, we still do not know whether Putin is using kinky sex tapes to blackmail Donald.
These most recent revelations prompt a question: Did White House Counsel McGahn tell Donald and Pence that Flynn was compromised by the Russians? If not, why not?
And if so, and if Flynn were to face criminal charges, it looks like Donald and Pence may have conspired to obstruct justice — one of the criminal charges that forced Pres. Nixon to resign in 1974. (The other two were abuse of presidential powers and hindrance of an impeachment.)
This brings us to the main question: What did the so-called president know, and when did he know it?