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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

One Down

I hadn't expected it so fast, but Russian lapdog Michael Flynn is out:

Embattled White House national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned Monday night, an abrupt end to a brief tenure.

His departure came just after reports surfaced that the Justice Department warned the Trump administration last month that Flynn misled administration officials regarding his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States and was potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians.

"I inadvertently briefed the Vice President-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador. I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology," Flynn wrote, according to a copy of his resignation letter obtained by CNN.

"I am tendering my resignation, honored to have served our nation and the American people in such a distinguished way," he wrote. "I know with the strong leadership of President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence and the superb team they are assembling, this team will go down in history as one of the greatest presidencies in US history."

OK -- given the wording of the last sentence, I'm almost convinced that Trump wrote Flynn's resignation.

This sort of jumped out at me:

The White House concluded at the very least, Flynn didn't mean to mislead the vice president, but may have because he couldn't remember what he said to the Russians.

"Not remembering is not a quality we can have for the national security adviser," the source said.

What about for the president?

And for the cherry on top, guess who's one of the contenders to replace Flynn. David Petraeus. Yes, that David Petraeus.

Perfect successor to Flynn, don't you think?

And, as a special bonus, here's serial liar Kellyanne Conway flopping around trying to cover for The Hairpiece. (For some reason, it doesn't want to let me copy the embed code.)

It gets even better:

Leading Russian lawmakers rushed to defend President Trump’s former national security adviser on Tuesday after he resigned for misleading senior White House officials, including Vice President Pence, about his contacts with Russia.

The heads of the foreign affairs committees in both Russia’s upper and lower houses of parliament chalked up Michael Flynn’s resignation to a dark campaign of Russophobia in Washington, and said it would undermine relations between the White House and the Kremlin.

Uh, guys? Maybe you're not the ones who should be defending Flynn right now.

All via Joe.My.God.

1 comment:

Pieter said...

Interesting that he's resigned because his lie was discovered, and people are leaping to his defense, when the real problem goes into hiding: contacts by private citizens with enemy governments to discuss our plans or otherwise divulge national secrets are treason, as any U. S. military officer should know. Yet the point is barely touched in the reporting I've seen.