Donald Trump is lot like a cockroach – and not just because he’s generally chock-full of horse excrement. You can step on the guy all you want, but he always seems to scuttle away completely unscathed. And he’s survived more nuclear fallouts in the past 70 days than any other so-called politician would ever hope to see in ten lifetimes.
Cabinet resignations, court defeats, legislative setbacks, thousands of lawsuits, allegations of rape, mass protests and the lowest approval rating for a generation are just a “no, never mind” to him. Up until recently, it seemed like Trump’s ego, shameless ambitions and grip on power simply could not be killed.
But Michael Flynn might just be the industrial-grade pesticide the world has been desperately praying for.
Flynn was a three-star army general turned ardent Trump warhawk. The two sparked quite a bromance over the course of 2016, and so it was hardly surprising when Trump named Flynn America’s top national security advisor after The Donald was sworn into office.
Within 24 hours of that appointment, Trump fed his friend to the crocodiles and kicked him out of the White House after it leaked Flynn had some alleged dodgy dealings with the Kremlin.
Michael Flynn and his new, aggressively anti-Trump lawyer have volunteered to tell members of congress and the FBI everything there is to say about America’s greasy new president and his supposed links with Moscow – but only under the sole condition that Flynn is guaranteed total immunity from being prosecuted for what it is he has to say.
Donald Trump has completely and utterly desecrated the integrity of his office. He bathed the American people in snake oil in a desperate bid to reach what he perceived to be the top, and he stepped on a whole lot of friends along the way.
Well, Mr President, karma sure is a bitch – because it looks like Michael Flynn might have been the wrong friend to step on.
Senate insiders have already dismissed Flynn’s immunity offer as “wildly preliminary”, but members of the House Intelligence Committee sound quite keen. And unless this is all just some sort of pathetic Hail Mary to get his job back, Donald Trump should be pretty damn worried about this guy.
About that attorney…from THE DAILY BEAST:
“After the November apocalypse, it will fall to those Republicans who opposed Trump (those few) to gather the ashes and rebuild,” Robert Kelner tweeted in July. “This finally explains how Trump won the nomination. Turns out most of the voters are actually dead. #Zombievoters,” he added the next month.
Kelner is a longtime Republican, and a prominent election lawyer for the party. But in the 2016 presidential cycle, Flynn’s lawyer was outspoken in his criticism of Donald Trump, and vocal in his support for third-party candidate Evan McMullin.
Another time, he attacked the president for refusing to release his tax returns. “Question for Rudy [Giuliani]: If Trump’s tax avoidance is laudable ‘genius,’ why has Trump fought so hard to hide it?”
And sometimes, his criticism was even more brutally blunt.
“Win or lose, aiding and abetting Trump is not a morally acceptable option,” he wrote in September.
Kelner is a respected lawyer in his field and no bleeding-heart liberal. He’s written articles about congressional investigations and the vetting process for presidential appointments, and how early voting helped Trump. And, during the election cycle, he dished criticism to both camps, albeit saving his most outspoken disdain for the Republican nominee.
“Rob Kelner is a very good lawyer who knows when a client needs immunity,” wrote Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias on Twitter. “And if Rob says Flynn has a ‘story to tell’, WH should watch out.”
From THE SLATEST:
The questions surrounding Michael Flynn keep increasing. Now it turns out that Donald Trump’s former national security adviser failed to disclose he received payments from the Kremlin-funded television network RT. He also received payments for speaking engagements with two other firms that have Russian ties, Volga-Dnepr Airlines and the cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Government Security Solutions.
The payments are listed in an amended financial disclosure form that Flynn filed on Friday and the White House revealed on Saturday, more than a month after he stepped down from his position.
Considering all the twists and turns in the Flynn story, little wonder that Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham seemed a bit flabbergasted when he talked about the former national security adviser in a town hall meeting on Saturday. “We’re going to talk about the Flynn deal,” Graham said at a town hall on Saturday. “It’s getting weirder by the day, isn’t it? Yeah.”