Then went silent….
Daily Kos things something MUCH BIGGER maybe going on with Flynn, Donald Trump and the Russians….
Trump has never bad mouthed Flynn, which is remarkable , why?
A series of events punctuated most recently by a sentencing hearing gone awry suggest that whatever former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn was covering up when he lied about his Russia contacts, it was a whopper. During Tuesday’s sentencing hearing for Flynn, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan worked himself into a lather, noting his “disgust” and “disdain” for Flynn’s criminal conduct.
“Arguably, that undermines everything this flag over here stands for,” Sullivan charged, pointing to the American flag behind him. “Arguably, you sold your country out!”
In that instance Sullivan was referencing Flynn’s undisclosed work for Turkey during the campaign, but the judge’s pointed assertion was part of a lengthy scolding session he leveled at Flynn. Sullivan has a reputation for despising abuse of power and some Flynn allies, including Fox News, hyped the idea that the judge would take the FBI to task for its handling of Flynn’s case. Instead, Sullivan focused his ire squarely on Flynn. That’s notable because while the judge doesn’t know everything Special Counsel Robert Mueller knows, he is privy to more information about Flynn’s case than the public. So what exactly did Sullivan find so agitating?
Perhaps it’s related to the fact that Donald Trump has never spoken ill of Flynn—not once—even though he has now sat for 19 interviews with Mueller and proven so useful that the special counsel recommended he receive zero jail time. Trump’s kid-gloves treatment of Flynn extends all the way back to the earliest days of his administration when he encouraged then-FBI Director James Comey to end the investigation into Flynn. In fact, Trump has torched nearly everyone who has contributed to the ongoing investigations into him, his campaign, and his family business. Yet as Flynn was preparing for his sentencing hearing Tuesday morning, Trump issued hima decidedly sunny “good luck” tweet. So why the special treatment for Flynn?..
“I’m just thinking about the equation that had to go through his head,” [ former FBI assistant director] Figliuzzi said, reflecting back on the January day when FBI agents questioned Flynn. “He’s a DIA director—he knows what they’re listening to, and yet he decides it’s worth getting caught lying to the FBI as long as I cover up my relationship with Russia. […] So what’s going on?”
In other words, what could possibly be so damning that, in the moment, Flynn calculated the lesser of two evils was to lie to the FBI full well knowing that he would ultimately be caught? Figliuzzi speculated there a may be “a flow of money” that the public doesn’t know about yet that compromised him and potentially Trump…..
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday criticized President Trump‘s decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria, and raised concerns that the timing of the announcement coincided with new developments in the legal proceedings for former national security adviser Michael Flynn….