Donald Trump did not fire Michael Flynn. Trump fired Sally Yates, the woman who warned him about Flynn
Let’s start on December 29 –
The US unveils the plan to punish Russia for meddling in the US elections.
That is the same day that Michael Flynn had his phone conversation with Russian Ambassador, Sergey Kislyak
The next day, December 30, word from Russia comes, and Vladimir Putin says there will be no retaliation against the United States for these new sanctions, and immediately Donald Trump tweeted (and he’s not yet the president):
“Great move on delay (by V Putin) – I always knew he was a very smart person”.
So, Trump, the incoming president, praised Vladimir Putin’s decision not to retaliate just a day after Michael Flynn had that phone conversation with the Russian ambassador, which came on the same day that the sanctions were announced.
Now forward to the middle of January (January 13) when a report in the Wall Street Journal said that maybe the subject of sanctions did come up in that phone conversation. That raised the question that Mike Pence, the incoming vice president, was asked on Jan 15 on CBS News, Face The Nation. Did they talk, did Flynn and the Russian Ambassador talk about the sanctions? Here’s what Pence said:
“On Christmas day he had sent a text to the Russian ambassador to express not only Christmas wishes but sympathy for the loss of life in the air plane crash that took place. Those conversations that happened to occur around the time that the United States took action to expel diplomats had nothing whatsoever to do with those sanctions . . .”
To which the Face the Nation commentator replied:
“But that still leaves open the possibility that there might have been other conversations about the sanctions”
And Pence replied:
“I don’t believe there were more conversations.”
So Mike Pence went to bat for Mike Flynn right there in that interview, again that was days before the new administration took over, saying there was no conversation between the Russian ambassador and Flynn about sanctions.
Flynn made Pence look like a moron, which may have been the thing that finally did him in. Pence had gone out on a limb several times to emphatically insist that Flynn had not communicated with the Russians about the sanctions. Now, with proof that he did, Pence is revealed to be either involved and a liar or unaware and oblivious.
In a February 8 interview with The Washington Post, Flynn categorically denied discussing sanctions with the Russian Ambassador.
Then, on February 9, The Washington Post reported that the issue of sanctions did come up in that conversation, that December phone conversation.
Later that same day, a revised statement came out from Flynn where he said that while he had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn’t be certain that the topic never came up. That was a big shift in posture now opening up the possibility that, yes, this was discussed.
That set off a feeding frenzy that culminated in Monday’s (February 13) series of events.
So, on February 12 at 4:06pm, Kellyanne Conway said on MSNBC that Pres Trump still had “full confidence” in Michael Flynn.
Minutes later at 5:11 pm, Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, said, no, that the White House was evaluating the situation.
Then hours after that at 8:24pm, it was reported in The Washington Post that the Justice Department had given a warning to the Trump administration weeks earlier about Flynn perhaps not being forthcoming about his phone conversations.
That leads to the resignation of Michael Flynn, as Donald Trump’s national security adviser, on the night of February 13.
On February 16, it was reported that Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn denied to FBI agents in an interview last month that he had discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country’s ambassador to the United States before President Trump took office, contradicting the contents of intercepted communications collected by intelligence agencies, current and former U.S. officials said. The Jan. 24 interview potentially puts Flynn in legal jeopardy, as lying to the FBI is a felony, but any decision to prosecute would ultimately lie with the Justice Department. Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn denied to FBI agents in an interview last month that he had discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country’s ambassador to the United States before President Trump took office, contradicting the contents of intercepted communications collected by intelligence agencies, current and former U.S. officials said.
The Jan. 24 interview potentially puts Flynn in legal jeopardy, as lying to the FBI is a felony, but any decision to prosecute would ultimately lie with the Justice Department. Any covering it up is also a felony. Late last month (January), the acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, informed the Trump White House that she believed Michael Flynn had misled senior administration officials about the nature of his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States, and warned that the national security adviser was potentially vulnerable to Russian blackmail, current and former U.S. officials said.
But NBC News reported that Trump decided not to share that information with Vice-President Pence, or anyone else for that matter, until February 9th.
The message, delivered by Sally Yates and a senior career national security official to the White House counsel, was prompted by concerns that Flynn, when asked about his calls and texts with the Russian diplomat, had told Vice-President-elect Mike Pence and others that he had not discussed the Obama administration sanctions on Russia for its interference in the 2016 election.
Things to remember (thanks to Tom I.):
- Donald Trump did not fire Michael Flynn. Trump fired the Sally Yates, the woman who warned him about Flynn.
- Trump knew about Flynn for three weeks and didn’t tell Pence (or anyone else). The Washington Post told Pence.
- Trump isn’t concerned about Russian interference. He is concerned about the leaks that brought the interference to light.
- Jason Chaffetz doesn’t think we need an investigation into Flynn and Russia. But Chaffetz thought we needed 33 investigations into Benghazi.
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