It's Called Treason, Mike

WaPo is making no bones about it - they put it in print as a declarative statement, without moderating it:
National security adviser Michael Flynn privately discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country’s ambassador to the United States during the month before President Trump took office, contrary to public assertions by Trump officials, current and former U.S. officials said.
Flynn’s communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak were interpreted by some senior U.S. officials as an inappropriate and potentially illegal signal to the Kremlin that it could expect a reprieve from sanctions that were being imposed by the Obama administration in late December to punish Russia for its alleged interference in the 2016 election.
Flynn on Wednesday denied that he had discussed sanctions with Kislyak. Asked in an interview whether he had ever done so, he twice said, “No.”
On Thursday, Flynn, through his spokesman, backed away from the denial. The spokesman said Flynn “indicated that while he had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn’t be certain that the topic never came up.”
"...couldn't be certain..." The Reagan defense - I don't recall.

We have transcripts, General. You called the Russians half a dozen times just to chat? About what, baseball? You were gonna drop by for coffee sometime? You're a lyin' sack o' shit, pal.

So now we get to watch another dance as Flynn and Pence duke it out - either Pence lied in public or Flynn lied to Pence.

But if we're picking survivors, my money's on Pence. He has some cover because he's worked in the DC network and prob'ly still has a few chips out there. Plus, he has to be sucking up bigly to whoever's plotting Trump's demise (a strictly political demise that is).  But he has to win it all or he'll lose it all. His career was deeply comatose until they picked him for Veep. So he's POTUS or he's our new Ambassador to Gambia under President Ryan, or he lands in a slot on the Wingnut Welfare rolls.

Flynn - aside from being a total fucking loon - is a political orphan. So that knife fight gets really messy and Flynn disappears for a while - until he pops up in a consulting gig for Paul Manafort or some such.

It's not a swamp - it's a sewer. And the shit runs wide and deep.


  1. who hey whatta, he was governor of Indiana, that is a giant step above congressman, and no one is going anywhere, didn't you get the memo, everything's fucked up and no one went to jail, and that notion has been normalized by the passage of 9 years since we gave 1.4 trillion to they-- who intentionally broke are economy, which helped create the neo robber baron era, they have to choose to end it, instead we see the tax relief proposal just to 200k and over, I live in hope that some of the blatant missteps are camouflage for that not palatable notion, great site I learned of the metapicture from you and will be googling Manafort.
    David W Farrell

    1. Pence was headed out the door having fallen from grace with that idiotic anti-LGBTQ thing he tried, et al. Very low approval ratings together with negatives trending up; to the point where I think he was about to decide not to run. Trump swoops in and rescues him.

      And you're prob'ly right about how nobody's going to jail. There may be a token goat, but prison is for people without the right connections and making under the magic $250K threshold.

      Thanks for the visit BTW


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