Monday, May 08, 2017

Following the bouncing ball....

If you say to yourself, as I do, that such comments as that indicate Trump is a blithering idiot; well, maybe not:

Flynn was only fired because a series of press reports – most specifically one in the Post – revealed his deceptions. There’s every reason to think the White House had no intention of acting until the information became public because of leaks.

This is a critical part of the story. It wasn’t just that the White House didn’t act quickly. There is strong, strong reason to believe they never would have acted on it or dismissed Flynn at all.

There were a series of articles which began on February 9th. The real blockbuster was the article published by the Post on February 13th, which i discussed here. Flynn resigned a short time later. These made Flynn’s continuance in office impossible. He resigned a short time later. We can’t know for certain why Flynn was forced to resign at that moment. But there is every reason to believe that that series of press reports led the White House to fire Flynn. As long as it remained secret, Flynn could stay.
Which explains why Trump is railing about "leaks."  Although leaks are, as former DNI James Clapper explained to the gentleman from Louisiana, only when classified information is released:  "...unclassified is not leaking."

I kinda doubt the information that forced Flynn to resign was classified.

And in response:

Well, except for this:

“The intelligence communities have concluded, all 17 of them, that Russia interfered with this election, and we all know that’s right,” Franken began during his line of questioning for former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates.

“One of the questions is why do [Russians] favor Donald Trump?” Franked explained, listing of the many connections between Trump campaign and administration officials and Russian operateives, including Jeff Sessions, Carter Page, Paul Manafort, Rex Tillerson, Jared Kusher and Flynn.

“Now, going to Flynn, he appeared during the campaign on Russia Today. Russia Today is the propaganda arm of the Russian government. General, since you’ve retired have you appeared on Russia Today?”

“No, not wittingly, no,” Clapper replied.

“Okay. And Flynn received $37,000 for sitting next to [Russian president Vladimir] Putin at the tenth anniversary of Russia Today. All this seems very odd to me and raised a lot of questions.”

Yates explained that she brought those concerns directly to the Trump administration, which was confused by why it is “an issue for the Department of Justice if one White House official lies to another.”
Which would explain why everybody is talking about what she said?

Who ya gonna believe?  Me?  Or your lyin' eyes?

People who get security clearances can expect a lot more than surveillance.  People who talk to foreign dignitaries shouldn't be surprised by it at all.

Dance, monkey boy!  Dance!

1 comment:

  1. As one of my oldest friends told me not more than twenty minutes ago, "Can you believe this idiot is president?"

    And those Republican Senators? I'd have to go into Colbert territory to say it.