What the Flynn happened?

If you haven’t skimmed through the news: Michael Flynn, who was the National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump, resigned following the exposure of the so-called nature of his calls with Russia’s ambassador.

He is said to have misled Mike Pence, by denying that sanctions had been mentioned on the phone with Sergey Kislyak before stating that he does not correctly remember what they had discussed. In fact, this is why the FBI will not pursue charges – perhaps because there is no substantial proof that he has violated the Logan Act, which prohibits private citizen from negotiating with foreign adversaries – against Flynn, who is deemed to have cooperated as genuinely and willingly as he could.

 

 

Now, you have two possibilities:

Either a) Flynn did tell the truth to the FBI – which seems legit since the full transcript has not been released, perhaps by fear of not being able to prove anything illegal – and the case can be closed. Nonetheless, it should be kept in mind that – prior to being fired by Trump over the refusal to defend his travel ban – acting attorney Sally Yates had warned the Trump Administration in late December about Flynn’s incline to Russian blackmail.

Or b) Flynn lied to the FBI and Pence. However, this option is rather inconsistent because nothing illegal can be seen in the bits and pieces of phone transcripts leaked to the media. Someone very opinionated jotted down a brief summary of what could have happened if this was the issue:

« Flynn was instructed not to talk about sanctions.

Flynn talks to the Russians about sanctions anyways.

He lies to Pence about how he didn’t.

He forgets that the calls are recorded.

Pence snitches to Trump.

Trump is disappointed.

Flynn realises he fucked up.

He resigns. »

All is still unclear at the moment, especially the fact that Trump did not fire Flynn when the issue was first brought up. Why aren’t the transcripts of the conversation released yet? What are they hiding?

Investigations are still occurring, so we can only sit around and wait for the time being.

On a side note, Vice Admiral Robert Haward turned down Trump’s offer to take up Flynn’s position, mainly because of the gracious President’s latest press conference.

 


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Dora Marossy

Currently reading Mary Beard's Confronting the Classics and Factfulness by Hans Rosling.

Dora Marossy

Currently reading Mary Beard's Confronting the Classics and Factfulness by Hans Rosling.