GENERAL FLYNN’S FOLLIES
Travel with me now if you will, back a few months to July 18 of last year, the night Retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn gave his big speech to the Republican National Convention. Let’s allow him this much. He faced a restive convention hall. Knots of conventioneers stood around wearing various collections of patriotic garb, gossiping and occasionally holding aloft a “Make America Great Again” sign. Few were paying attention to the blue-suited Flynn as he flicked his hooded eyes from one teleprompter to another. Finally he hit on a line they liked: “We do not need a reckless president who believes she is above the law.” Suddenly shouts of “lock her up! lock her up!” filled the hall. Flynn joined in the chant. “That’s right,” he shouted. “Lock her up! Lock her up!” A smile creased his tense face. “You guys are good! You’re exactly right! There’s nothing wrong with that! Lock her up.” The shouting continued for a few moments carrying Flynn along with its energy. “And you know why we’re saying that? Because if I…a guy who knows this business…if I did a tenth of what she did, I would be in jail today! So! So! Crooked Hillary Clinton, leave this race now!” The place went so wild with the lock her up chant someone off camera had to gavel them into silence.
Whew! What a moment! Michael Flynn, the guy who had been fired from his post as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency by Hillary’s boss got his revenge. Crooked Hillary and her insecure server! Crooked Hillary and her emails! So many crimes committed down in the basement of that suburban manse in Chappaqua, the only solution was to do away with arrest and trial and just go straight to locking her up.
Kind of makes you wonder how Flynn feels today, doesn’t it? Here’s the guy who spent a good portion of the campaign and transition chatting on the phone with Putin’s good buddy Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, and when there came a time when that little nugget of news came out, proceeded with what we now know as the Trump Pattern: lie, deny, obfuscate, lie again. First he denied the conversations took place. Then he admitted there was one call, when he asked the good ambassador about his family and wished him Merry Christmas. Then he admitted there had been more than one call. Then he admitted he had talked about the sanctions with Sergey. Then he lied to the Vice President about it. Then he was fired. That was February 13. On February 14, press secretary Spicer went before the cameras and choked on admitting to the Trump Pattern recounted above, and then proceeded to say that no other persons associated with the Trump campaign had had any contacts with Russians. Period.
Turns out the Russians weren’t the only ones Flynn was talking to. Today word came out that from September through November of last year, Flynn worked as a lobbyist for the Turkish government, specifically on the issue of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s demand that Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen be extradicted for supposedly fomenting the coup Erdogan had faced earlier in the year. For his three months of labor on the behalf of the Turks, Flynn’s lobbying firm was paid $350,000, $12,000 of it going to Flynn himself, including a check for $4000 on November 22, four days after Trump picked him to be his National Security Advisor.
Speaking of doing a tenth of what Hillary Clinton did, which Flynn claimed would put him in jail in a minute, Flynn didn’t bother registering as a foreign agent, which is required by federal law, until last Tuesday.
Lock him up! You guys are good! Lock him up!