General Michael Flynn, President Trump’s National Security Adviser (for about an eye-blink), has told the FBI and congressional officials investigating the Trump-Russia connection that he is seeking an immunity deal in exchange for his testimony. A story that started in the Wall Street Journal has now exploded into the media as Flynn’s lawyer claims, “General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit.”
I have stayed pretty far away from the whole “Russia stole the election” fiasco for a number of different reasons. I think the media and the Democrats, aside from being total hypocrites on the subject of Russia in general, have totally gone off the deep end on this issue. I don’t believe Trump conspired with the Russians to steal the election, and I don’t believe Trump is some sort of Russian “Manchurian Candidate” meant to overthrow the American way of life and destroy our country from within.
I do believe, however, that the Russians were the ones behind the hacking of the DNC, and hacking John Podesta’s emails, then releasing them through Julian Assange and wikileaks. Assange used to work for the Kremlin controlled news agency “RT” and it just so happens that Russia is one of the few countries that has never had any leaks of material on wikileaks (go figure).
I also believe there were an awful lot of people in Trump’s orbit that had way too many friendly ties to Russian interests. This includes Flynn, former campaign manager Paul Manafort (who has ties to the former Ukranian pro-Russia puppet-regime), Carter Page (who recently admitted to meeting with the Russian Ambassador at the RNC convention), and Roger Stone (who was apparently communicating with the hacker who got into Podesta’s emails and with Assange). I think you can attribute some of Trump’s more friendly Russian attitudes to these pro-Russian people whispering in his ear. Interestingly, none of these individuals are in the Trump administration (in Flynn’s case, not anymore).
Now there is nothing illegal about being pro-Russia (ill-informed maybe, but not illegal), and if the Russians were hoping for free rein under a Trump administration, they were seriously underestimating Trump’s ego. Since taking control Trump’s UN Ambassador has taken Russia to the rhetorical woodshed more than once, and instead of removing ourselves from the Syrian conflict, we now have more boots on the ground fighting with Kurdish rebels to take back the so-called ISIS capital of Raqqa.
So I have to admit that seeing this story about Flynn requesting an immunity deal just makes me have to sit up and say wth?
I have always believed that Flynn was fired for a helluva lot more than just lying to Mike Pence about talking to the Russian Ambassador. There is no way Trump would dump someone that quick for something that flimsy. I always believed there was something more, and news of Flynn’s payments from, and lobbying on behalf of Turkish interests, while failing to file as a foreign agent pretty much proved that point to me.
But when you look at this story you have to ask yourself a couple questions:
1. What is Flynn worried about that would make him go looking for an immunity deal? Is he under investigation, and if so, for what?
2. Just what does he know that he thinks is worth a deal?
Friday morning Donald Trump tweeted that Flynn should definitely seek immunity to protect himself from a “witch hunt,” but I think right about now Flynn has to be regretting his interview last year where he said, “when you are given immunity that means you’ve probably committed a crime.” One thing is clear, however. Flynn’s actions have now guaranteed that this story is never going away.