This article continues from this one the day before, to address recently breaking events. General Flynn has resigned. His resignation letter purports to come clean but only amplifies his dishonesty. He disingenuously blames the “fast pace of events” for causing him to “inadvertently” provide “incomplete information” regarding his phone calls to the Russian ambassador when he briefed the President and Vice President. Flynn then, not so humbly asserts, that he has “always performed his duties with the utmost of integrity and honesty.”
General Flynn, with all due respect to your 33 years of honorable military service, that you use to prop up your flagging credibility, not this time. As described above, you flatly lied at least twice when directly asked whether you discussed sanctions with the Russian Ambassador. Further, the context of your discussions with Vice President Pence must have been precisely about whether you discussed sanctions because the timing was in association with that controversy and Pence himself directly stated he spoke to you about it (see transcript prior article). You must have also deliberately misled Sean Spicer for him to have made the claims he made regarding this on January 13th.
In addition, General, there is another problem. You violated the Logan Act, you now admit to it. You performed your duties in a felonious manner to undermine the authority of the sitting President of the United States. There is nothing honorable about that.
As disturbing as all this is, it gets worse, much worse. Reports now indicate, and the White House has confirmed, that the Department of Justice warned President Trump last month about the phone calls and that they presented a security risk because the Russians could blackmail Flynn about them. In other words, the President Trump, and the White House, have been misleading the American people about this for weeks as they retained a man identified as a security risk as the President’s National Security Advisor. American security owes much to leaks to the media exposing the stink to the American public, and compelling General Flynn’s resignation, even as the Administration worked to sweep it all under the rug.
For one more bit of disturbing dot connecting, guess who delivered the bad news to President Trump that his NSA could be blackmailed by the Russians? It was then Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who shortly thereafter Trump fired, supposedly for ordering United States Attorneys to not defend his travel ban.
In the words of Baby Herman from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, “the whole thing stinks like yesterday’s diapers.”